BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Friday February 4, 2011 – A new schedule for American Eagle service to St Kitts and Nevis has been announced, following meetings between Tourism Minister Ricky Skerritt and a top airline official.
he Ministry said that after Skerritt’s discussions with Pedro Fabregas, President and CEO of American Eagle for Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, it was agreed that the April 2011 schedule will be expanded to boost airlift to the twin-island federation.
It will feature daily service between San Juan and St. Kitts and add a Friday/Saturday, Saturday/Sunday late evening incoming and early morning outgoing service, the timing of which will facilitate important connections at San Juan, as well as a weekly Saturday day trip service to Puerto Rico from St. Kitts. Nevis will get three non-stop flights per week from San Juan.
“I am particularly gratified by the outcome of our meetings, which has increased the existing American Eagle service to our twin-island destination and also provides new same-day weekend connections from St. Kitts to Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago with comfortable connections to American Airlines and other important carriers,” said Minister Skerritt.
“At a time when economic factors have forced American Eagle to roll back its presence in our region, I am very grateful for the positive consideration given to my requests by President Pedro Fabregas, who truly understands the importance of travel and tourism to the Eastern Caribbean,” he said, referring to the airline’s recent cut backs in capacity in San Juan which greatly affects smaller destinations like St. Kitts and Nevis that are at risk for service reductions or loss of service.
Fabregas said he considered the new service “a win-win agreement for both the airline and St. Kitts and Nevis”.
Schedules for the April 5th service start-up will be available from Sunday.