According to the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the islands are expecting a boost in airlift capacity coming this summer.
Tourism Commissioner Designee Joseph Boschulte reported that Delta Air Lines will add a second daily flight between Atlanta and St. Thomas this summer, while the existing New York to St. Thomas nonstop flight will continue through the end of August. Boschulte also noted that Delta will make its seasonal adjustment to the Atlanta-St. Croix route with a daily Saturday service from April 6 to Aug. 24, 2019 before ramping up its schedule for the 2019-2020 winter season.
“We are steadily restoring confidence in our destination,” he said in press materials, promising that the department “will leave no stone unturned to maintain and increase airlift to both islands, especially as more accommodations come back on line.”
Boschulte also reported that American Airlines is seriously considering restoring its third daily Miami-St. Thomas flight to the market, and that the airline has expressed interest in a new Dallas flight to the destination in the future.
According to Boschulte, United Airlines will serve the Houston-St. Thomas market beginning in May with weekly Saturday service, and then daily flights from June 6 to Aug. 19, 2019. Nonstop flights between Washington, D.C. and St. Thomas are also scheduled over a similar period, while there will be intermittent Saturday flights between Newark and St. Thomas over the summer.
On the intra-regional front, Boschulte said talks with LIAT have begun in terms of increasing frequency or capacity on the Antigua-St. Thomas route, which airline officials reported was performing well. The service currently operates three days a week.
“Our work to encourage our airline partners to serve both St. Croix and St. Thomas is part of our overall marketing continuum,” said Boschulte in press materials.