This week, the St Kitts Tourism Authority marked the occasion of the first flight service by InterCaribbean Airways. The new partnership will improve accessibility to the Caribbean island.
On 12 March, the inaugural flight by the Turks and Caicos Islands-based InterCaribbean Airways was acknowledged in the Kayan Lounge at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (RLBIA).
Attendees of the inauguration were both St Kitts and Nevis Government and Non-Government Officials.
Promoting international tourism
A key initiative of the partnership is the bolstering of international tourist numbers, with a number of local festivities lined up this year.
St Kitts Music Festival committee anticipate a big jump in tourists coming into the twin Federation to experience the island’s vibrant culture and music festivals.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, International Trade, Investment, Industry and Commerce of St Kitts and Nevis, the Right Honourable Denzil Douglas, expressed his anticipation for “Better things are yet to come.”
“First Flight InterCaribbean Airline into RLB International Airport. A New Day, A New Airline: InterCaribbean Airline, at RL Bradshaw International Airport,” he announced.
The airline will operate flights on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, every week from Barbados and Puerto Rico to St Kitts, and include one-stop connected flights to Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Urban Development, Honourable Marsha Henderson expressed her gratitude, saying:
“It is truly an exciting day for regional tourism and as a Minister of Tourism, the end goal of our airlift strategy has always been growth.”
She added that “As we re-energise intra-regional travel, I am elated at the continued advancements that our destination continues to realise.”
Building relationships in the Caribbean region
Hon. Marsha Henderson emphasised that advancing the country’s airlift by means of interconnectivity is essential to sustaining relationships within the Caribbean region.
“St Kitts builds airlift capacity fueling intraregional travel opportunities. We are highly proud as InterCaribbean Airways integrates St Kitts in its present itinerary.”
“As the demand for travel increases, St Kitts persists to build a strong reputation as a must-see destination. InterCaribbean’s collaboration greatly strengthens the interconnectivity between our neighbouring Caribbean brothers and sisters.”
“We promise to stay committed to advancing airlift to the island.”
Additional InterCaribbean flights will contribute to more travel into the country, as tourists desire to venture to the country’s mesmerising beach views, robust historical landmarks, and incomparable cultural experiences.
About InterCaribbean Airways
InterCaribbean Airways is a regional airline based in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The airline was founded in 1991 as InterIsland Airways and was later rebranded as Air Turks and Caicos before finally becoming InterCaribbean Airways in 2013.
InterCaribbean Airways operates flights to various destinations in the Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the British and US Virgin Islands.
The airline also operates domestic flights within the Turks and Caicos Islands themselves.
InterCaribbean Airways has a fleet of turboprop aircraft, including the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.