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Sunday, 5th November 2006 Flight schedules for the winter 2006/07 season from the UK to the Caribbean have been compiled.

Friday, 24th March 2006 The US Federal Aviation Administration has reinstated category one status to the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (representing eight Eastern Caribbean countries) and the Department of Civil Aviation of the British Virgin Islands, ten years after downgrading them to category two. The FAA had downgraded them because the countries had inadequate facilities, lacked technical staff and were operating under outdated legislation. The members of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis. The new rating means that airlines from these countries can, subject to obtaining a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation, operate to any US territory, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Sunday, 12th February 2006 Sir Freddie Laker dies. More news ...

Saturday, 3rd December 2005 Bahamasair has aircraft impounded in Miami. More news ...

Sunday, 16th October 2005 Trinidad & Tobago government announces a new board of directors for restructured BWIA. More news ...

Sunday, 25th September 2005 Universal Airlines now grounded for four weeks. More news ...

Monday, 27th June 2005 Virgin Atlantic launches routes to Nassau, Havana and Barbados. More news ...

Sunday, 17th April 2005 BWIA axes at least four destinations. More news ...
Air Jamaica resumes limited service to the eastern Caribbean. More news ...

Wednesday, 13th April 2005 American Eagle to launch Chicago-Nassau. More news ...

Thursday, 23rd December 2004 Air Jamaica to axe Antigua, to be nationalised again. More news ...

Sunday, 19th December 2004 Northwest to launch seaonal Milwaukee-Cancun. More news ...

Sunday, 14th November 2004 SkyKing takes delivery of the first of two Beechcraft 1900Ds, increases flights. More news ...
Caribbean Star launches its Starpass for US$299 (£162). More news ...

Tobago has recently got new flights from Lauda Air and Martinair, but the destination is no longer looking to Europe for more traffic. In a change of strategy, the Tourism Division will be looking instead to North America by seeking to fill the existing BWIA flights from Miami, Washington, New York and Toronto and to get some additional flights.

Saturday, 13th November 2004 Air Jamaica to return an A340, to axe Manchester and Havana. More news ...

Sunday, 7th November 2004 bmi revises Caribbean schedules. More news ...
BWIA to launch Glasgow and Belfast flights. More news ...
British Airways reduces capacity to the Caribbean this winter. More news ...

Thursday, 4th November 2004 Pan Am ceases operations. More news ...
Delta to begin flights to Belize and St Croix, to resume Providenciales service. More flights ...

Thursday, 28th October 2004 Struggling LIAT gets tough on luggage to cut costs. More news ...

Monday, 20th September 2004 British Airways to resume Grenada flights tomorrow. More news .... Furthermore, Excel Airways is planning to resume its weekly service from Gatwick to Grenada on 28 November.

Saturday, 18th September 2004 Grenada's Point Salines International Airport, although open for light aircraft during daylight hours, remains closed for widebody aircraft. So, whilst LIAT, Caribbean Star Airlines, BWIA International Airlines and American Eagle are operating their turboprops into Grenada, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Excel Airways are not flying their jets into Grenada from Gatwick. The BA flights terminate at Antigua, the other two at Tobago. Virgin Atlantic has announced that its weekly flights will not be resumed until 13 December 2004.

As transportation across Grenada remains difficult due to blocked roads and a shortage of vehicles and fuel, an effort is being made to press Pearls airport into action again. This airport, which is above Grenville in the north-east of the island, is 23 miles from the capital St George's and was superceded in October 1984 when the current Point Salines airport was officially opened.

Following the reopening of Grand Cayman's Owen Ronrts International, British Airways resumed service today from Heathrow via Nassau.

Sunday, 12th September 2004 Limited commercial daytime flights by LIAT restarted today at Grenada's Point Salines International Airport. Also, it seems as if the regular Excel Airways charter flight from Gatwick did operate today. However, Virgin Atlantic Airways will not operate its Grenada flight from Gatwick tomorrow. Instead, the flight will terminate at Tobago and the airline has a plan to charter two flights to transfer its passengers from Grenada to Tobago in time for the return flight to Gatwick.

British Airways has a year-round Tuesday flight from Gatwick to Antigua and onto Grenada. There has not yet been any announcement on a cancellation of the next flight on 14 September. Furthermore, it is too early to know if BA will cancel its next flight from Heathrow to Grand Cayman on Wednesday. On a more certain note, it is expected that Kingston airport will open in time for BA2263 on Monday 13 September to operate as scheduled from Gatwick.

Friday, 10th September 2004 Hurricane Ivan has devastated Grenada and will pass over Jamaica tomorrow, causing the closure of airports in both countries. The Grenada Point Salines International is still closed to commercial flights as the control tower is damaged, but light aircraft with relief supplies can land as the runway and airport approach road have been cleared. British Airways today operated a relief flight from Gatwick to Barbados via Antigua in order to pick up about 200 passengers who had been transferred from Grenada on small aircraft. The airline also cancelled its return service from Gatwick to Kingston, Jamaica today.

Meanwhile, all aircraft have been moved out of Jamaica. The Kingston airport was closed last night, but the Montego Bay airport will remain open for as long as possible.

Monday, 23rd August 2004 US Airways to launch offer new service from Ft Lauderdale to Cancun, Kingston, Santo Domingo, Nassau and Providenciales. More news ...

Tuesday, 17th August 2004 US Airways to launch flights from Charlotte to Barbados, adds flights to Aruba and St Thomas. More news ...
US Airways Express to launch Charlotte-Aruba. More news ...

Wednesday, 4th August 2004 AirTran doubles Atlanta to Freeport. More news ...
JetBlue to inauguate New York JFK to Nassau. More news ...

Monday, 26th July 2004 Excel Airways to add Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua flights. More news ...
Virgin Atlantic will add a second weekly Gatwick-Tobago-Grenada flight next summer. More news ...

Friday, 16th July 2004 Excel Airways expands into Cuba, San Juan, Providenciales and Porlamar. More news ...

Saturday, 26th June 2004 Varig will start a weekly service to Aruba. More news ...
Dutch Caribbean has launched Curaçao-Aruba-Miami. More news ...
DutchCaribbeanExel offers Amsterdam-Curaçao flights. More news ...

Sunday, 20th June 2004 BWIA to raise government-guaranteed US$40 million by Rights issue. More news ...

Saturday, 19th June 2004 Caribbean Sun to increase service from San Juan to Antigua. More news ...
BWIA increases utiliisation of the Airbus A340 with a second weekly Manchester flight, replaces 737 on weekly Toronto flight this summer. More news ...

Monday, 17th May 2004 Laker to offer nonstop service from Rickenbacker International, Ohio, to the Bahamas. More news ...

Tuesday, 4th May 2004 United to significantly expand ino the Caribbean in December 2004. More news ...
Britannia Airways returns to Barbados after a three-year absence. More news ...

Sunday, 4th April 2004 British Airways celebrates 50 years of service to Barbados. More news ...

Wednesday, 24th March 2004 Virgin Atlantic to launch direct services from Gatwick to Cuba and The Bahamas, to increase existing services to Grenada and Tobago from July 2005. More news ....

Wednesday, 17th March 2004 Delta to launch new service to San Juan, Santo Domingo and Cancun, adds flights to Cancun. More news ...

Tuesday, 16th March 2004 New Venezuelan National carrier Conviasa to launch service this July. More news ...

Monday, 15th March 2004 Continental to inaugurate service from Newark to Punta Cana. More news ...

Thursday, 11th March 2004 United to launch Denver-Cancun. More news ...

Tuesday, 9th March 2004 bmi to launch Caribbean service from Manchester to Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia. More news ...

Monday, 8th March 2004 Continental to launch Houston to Montego Bay, Port of Spain. More news ...
JetBlue to launch JFK-Aguadilla, to increase San Juan service. More news ...

Wednesday, 25th February 2004 US Airways to launch new service from New York LaGuardia to Aruba and St Thomas, and will add service to San Juan. More news ...
American to increase service from JFK: will reinstate Kingston, will add to Santo Domingo and Santiago. More news ...

Friday, 13th February 2004 BWIA launches non-stop Port of Spain-Heathrow service today. More news ...

Sunday, 8th February 2004 American to resume a daily service from Miami to St Lucia next winter. More news ...

Thurday, 5th February 2004 Caribbean Sun to increase service to St Thomas and Antigua. More news ...

Wednesday, 4th February 2004 Surinam buys a Boeing 747-300 from KLM. More news ...

Monday, 2nd February 2004 Continental to launch Houston-Roatan. More news ...

Thursday, 29th January 2004 Delta to launch new services from JFK to San Juan, Santo Domingo. More news ...

Tuesday, 20th January 2004 BWIA to resume non-stop St Lucia-Heathrow flights. More news ...

Friday, 16th January 2004 British Airways makes unannounced introduction of World Traveller Plus but at the expense of 15 per cent capacity cut. More news ...
BWIA has signed an agreement for the lease of a second Airbus A340-300. More news ...

Wednesday, 7th January 2004 Delta to launch Atlanta-St Lucia. More news ...
Air Jamaica to relaunch flights from Montego Bay to Grand Cayman and Nassau. More news ...

Sunday, 14th December 2003 Cayman Airways to launch turboprop service to the Sister Islands tomorrow. More news ...

Saturday, 6th December 2003 Air Canada expands its Caribbean network, mainly to Cuba. More news ...

Wednesday, 25th November 2003 In Aruba, Avia Air ceases trading, but Royal Aruban plans to launch service soon. More news ...

Monday, 17th November 2003 Cayman to launch a Grand Cayman-Chicago, to acquire another 737. More news ...

Friday, 13th November 2003 The Canadian government has granted three domestic airlines (Air Transat, Skyservice Airlines and Zoom Airlines) authority to fly scheduled services between Canada and the Dominican Republic. Air Transat plans to offer scheduled services from Quebec, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Skyservice intend to fly from Halifax, Moncton, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Zoom will offer flights from Halifax.

Thursday, 13th November 2003 Trans Island Air expands fleet. More news ...

Tuesdsay, 11th November 2003 Trans Guyana suffers fatal crash. More news ...

Monday, 10th November 2003 Air 2000 to launch dedicated Gatwick-Aruba service in May 2004. More news ...
Caribbean Sun to launch San Juan-St Vincent, to increase fleet. More news ...
Caribbean Star to increase fleet to 10 DASH 8s. More news ...

Saturday, 8th November 2003 Thomas Cook Airlines restarts winter service to several Caribbean destinations. More news ...

Thursday, 6th November 2003 Caribbean Sun to launch service to St Thomas and St Croix. More news ...
UK-Caribbean flight schedules now available for winter 2003/04

Tuesday, 4th November 2003 Bahamasair acquires two Dash 8s. More news ...
BWIA to launch service from Port of Spain to Santo Domingo. More news ...

Monday, 3rd November 2003 American adds service from New York Kennedy and Newark. More news ...

Saturday, 1st November 2003 Hooters Air to launch Nassau charter. More news ...

Friday, 31st October 2003 Summary of increased and new American flights into the Caribbean from 01NOV03. More news ...
LTU to operate La Romana and Montego Bay flights this winter from Dusseldorf. More news ...
Air Caraïbes to launch service from Paris to Fort de France and Pointe-à-Pitre. More news ...

Sunday, 12th October 2003 Air Jamaica completes fleet modernisation. More news ...

Wednesday, 8th October 2003 United expands Caribbean network with seasonal flights. More news ...

Friday, 3rd October 2003 American Eagle to launch Raleigh/Durham-Nassau. More news ...

Tuesday, 1st October 2003 Air Holland to launch Aruba service, increase St Maarten service. More news ..

Monday, 29th September 2003 Continental to launch Newark-Barbados service. More news ...

Saturday, 20th September 2003 Air Canada makes a big increase in Caribbean service. More news ...

Tuesday, 9th September 2003 American to launch Dallas/Ft Worth-Cozumel. More news ...

Tuesday, 2nd September 2003 Isla Nena Cessna crashes into water. More news ...

News Archive

Newsletters and Articles

Cautious Optimism (April 2000)
Caribbean Aviation Newsletter - Issue 6 (March 1999)
Soaring to new heights? (July 1997)

Flights, Airlines, Airports, Photos ...

Schedule of Flights to the Caribbean (ex-UK) - Winter 2006/07
Flight schedules of all 11 airlines from the UK to the Caribbean
Last update: 2006-11-05

Schedule of Flights to the Caribbean (ex-UK) - Winter 2003/04
Flight schedules of all 11 airlines from the UK to the Caribbean
Last update: 2003-11-11

Schedule of Flights to the Caribbean (ex-UK) - Winter 2002/03
Flight schedules of all 10 airlines from the UK to the Caribbean
Last update: 2002-11-10

Schedule of Flights to the Caribbean (ex-UK) - Summer 2002
Flight schedules of all 10 airlines from the UK to the Caribbean
Last update: 2002-05-18

Schedule of Flights to the Caribbean (ex-UK) - Winter 2001/02
Flight schedules of all nine airlines from the UK to the Caribbean
Last update: 2002-01-22

International Flights to the Caribbean
Listing of airlines which fly into the Caribbean
Last update: 2005-06-27

Caribbean Airlines
Listing of Caribbean-based airlines with IATA and ICAO codes
Last update: 2006-02-12

Caribbean Airlines' Air Passes
Details of air passes of LIAT, BWIA, American Airlines/American Eagle, Air Jamaica/Air Jamaica Express, Aeropostal and Caribbean Star.
Last update: 2004-11-04

Caribbean Airports
News of Caribbean airports
Last update: 2003-01-22

Caribbean Overview
Overview of each Caribbean destination including IATA airport codes
Last update: 2003-02-23

Alliances
Information on alliances formed by Caribbean carriers
Last update: 2004-12-01

Airline Types
An explanation of scheduled versus charter airlines
Last update: 2001-04-23

Links To Aviation and Caribbean Web Sites

Official Aviation and Tourism Sites

Directorate of Civil Aviation of the OECS

Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority

UK Civil Aviation Authority

US Federal Aviation Administration

International Civil Aviation Organization (NACC Office)

Caribbean Tourism Organisation
Information on all 34 members of the Barbados-based CTO. The CTO publishes Caribbean Travel, a consumer magazine.

Caribbean Hotel Association

Individual and Company Sites

CaribbeanAvenue.com
Ex-LIAT pilot Jim Lynch has compiled a wealth of Caribbean aviation information

Caribbean-ALPA
The Caribbean Air Line Pilots' Association

JALPA
Jamaican Airline Pilots' Association

TTALPA
The Trinidad & Tobago Airline Pilots' Association

AOPA-Guyana
Aircraft Owners Association of Guyana, Inc.

AOPA-Jamaica
Aircraft Owners Association of Guyana, Inc.

CaribJet
Leading UK agent for Caribbean airlines

PlaneBusiness
Holly Hegeman's Airline Industry Business and Financial Site

AirNet
AirNet links by Howard Curtis, aviation writer and enthusiast

AvInfo
Birmingham (BHX) info, airline/airport links, photos, IATA/ICAO codes by Will Barstow

Inflight Safety
Anna Warman's inflight safety site

AirSafe.com
Safety information for the airline passenger by Todd Curtis

AeroLink
A vast number of links and a search engine by AeroLink, Inc.

Just Planes Videos
Airline Fotos, Videos, News, Links

Airline Photos
Photos by Peter James, mainly concerning Caribbean airlines

CANA On-Line
News from Caribbean News Agency

FT Caribbean (BVI)
Publisher of The Caribbean Handbook, LIAT Islander and The Antiguan

Turquoise Net
Guide to the Caribbean

CaribGuide
Caribbean links, newsletter, articles, events, chat room, bulletin board

CaribSeek
The premier Caribbean search directory

World Travel Guide Online
Authoritative information on Caribbean destinations by Columbus Press

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