PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, Wednesday July 4, 2018 – The tourism industry in St Maarten/St Martin continues to recover at a rapid pace, as airlines add new service and hotels reopen following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.
American Airlines has announced that it has increased seat capacity on their daily flight from Miami, upgrading their Miami International Airport-Princess Juliana International Airport route to a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 160 passengers.
In addition, the airline will be adding a daily nonstop flight to St Maarten from its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, starting November 4, 2018, as well as a second daily nonstop from Miami effective December 19, 2018. Both of those new flights will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with a capacity of 128 passengers.
As of last month, two-thirds of all carriers that provided flights to and from the award-winning airport have resumed regular service. From the United States, travellers can fly to St. Maarten with United Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, and Seaborne Airlines. Service from Toronto is available on WestJet, and Dominican carrier Air Century, and Panama-based Copa Airlines have returned as well.
Up to last month, there were just under 2,000 bookable rooms available across the entire island. 122 villas and condos are open for business island-wide, boutique hotels and guest houses are ready to accommodate travelers, and several larger properties have conducted soft openings in order to welcome back guests.
Amongst the larger properties, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resorts & Marina and Oyster Bay Beach Resort opened their doors.
Additionally, Sonesta also announced projected openings for the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Spa scheduled for November 15, 2018 and February 1, 2019, respectively.
“Due to the collaborative efforts by all stakeholders and the community at large, St Maarten has been able to make a quick turnaround,” said St Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Cornelius De Weever. “We are grateful to the return of all airlines and the reopening of our properties.”
“This shows the confidence American Airlines has in the comeback of St Maarten/St Martin, the public and private sector have been working continuously with American Airlines to ensure that the flights return in a balanced way complementing the re-opening of various accommodations,” added St Maarten’s Interim Head of Tourism, May-Ling Chun.
Tourism authorities also reported that 87 per cent of all on-island activities are also now available.