INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO THE CARIBBEAN

Last updated: 2005-06-27

Introduction

This page provides a summary of current flights to the Caribbean. The aim is to give an overview which may be useful to tourist boards, travel agents, publishers, businesses and individuals seeking to gain an understanding of flights to the region.

The main emphasis has been on scheduled flights, though regular charters are included where known.

The information here should be used only as an initial guide, and it is best to check flight schedules and availability with a reservations system, travel agent, airline or tour operator.

Flights are categorised as scheduled, charter and cargo. An explanation is given here of the differences between scheduled and charter airlines.

Scheduled

ACES Columbia (VX/AES)

News

21MAY02 ACES today relaunched the only service between Bogota and Punta Cana with a three-times weely flight. Two of these flights will return via Santo Domingo. All flights operate with the Airbus A320-200.

Schedules

Bogota to Punta Cana, San Juan, Santo Domingo.

AIRES - Aerovías De Integración Regional Sociedad Anónima (4C/ARE)

Barranquilla to Curaçao (twice-weekly from 24APR01) using DHC-8-300.

Aero Lineas Sosa (P4)

La Ceiba to Roatan.

Aerocaribe (QA)

Operates services under the Mexicana Inter banner in association with Aerocozumel.

AeroContinente (N6)

Santiago de Chile, Lima, Santo Domingo, Miami (3/weekly from 17MAY02) using the Boeing 767-200ER.

Aerocozumel (AZM)

Operates services under the Mexicana Inter banner in association with Aerocaribe.

Aeroflot (SU)

Moscow to Havana.

Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR)

23NOV02 Aerolíneas will launch two seasonal Caribbean routes from its base at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini. From 03JAN03, there will be a Friday flight to Cancun until 25APR03. Then from 07JAN03, there will be a Tuesday flight to Punta Cana until 29APR03. All flights will be operated with the 225-seat Airbus A340-200 in a cabin configuration of 12 First class seats, 32 Business class seats and 181 Economy seats.

Aeromar Airlines (BQ)

Miami to Santo Domingo (1/daily operated by Air Atlanta with 767-300).

New York Kennedy to Santiago, DR (2/daily operated by Air Atlanta with 767), Santo Domingo (2/daily operated by Icelandair with 757, 1/daily operated by Air Atlanta with 767-300).

Aeromexico (AM)

Miami to Merida.

Aeropostal (VH)

Caracas to Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Havana, Porlamar, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo.

Air Canada (AC)

News

27AUG05 Air Canada will operate a weekly flight from Toronto to Grenada this winter between 19DEC05-27MAR06. Flights will be operated with the 120-seat Airbus A319.

12DEC03 Air Canada has added the following Caribbean services:

01NOV03 Toronto to Varadero, 1x a wk

02DEC03 Toronto to Havana, 3x a wk

12DEC03 Toronto to Barbados, 5x a wk to 03APR04 to 12x a wk

18DEC03 Moncton to Holguín, 2x a wk to 25MAR04

21DEC03 Montréal to Cayo Coco, 1x a wk to 21MAR04

21DEC03 Montréal to Holguín, 2x a wk to 25MAR04

21DEC03 Montréal to Varadero, 2x a wk to 27MAR04

21DEC03 Toronto to Holguín, 1x a wk

21DEC03 Toronto to Grenada, 1x a wk to 28MAR04

21DEC03 Toronto to Cayo Largo, 1x a wk

21DEC03 Toronto to Cayo Coco, 3x a wk

21DEC03 Montréal to Cayo Largo, 1x a wk to 24MAR04

22DEC03 Calgary to Varadero, 1x a wk to 22MAR04

22DEC04 London Ont to Varadero, 1x a wk to 22MAR04

13FEB04 Halifax to Varadero, 1x wk to 26MAR04

20SEP03 Air Canada has announced the following expansion of services. A319 = 120-seat Airbus A319, A320 = 159-seat Airbus A320.

26Oct03 Montréal-Nassau, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
26Oct03 Toronto-Punta Cana, new 1x a wk A320
01Nov03 Montréal-Barbados, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
01Nov03 Montréal-Punta Cana, new 2x a wk A320
01Nov03 Toronto-Cozumel, new 1x a wk A319
01Nov03 Toronto-Aruba, new 1x a wk A320
01Nov03 Toronto-Puerto Plata, new 1x a wk A320
12Dec03 Toronto-Barbados, incr fr 1 to 2 a day
12Dec03 Toronto-Port of Spain, incr from 2 to 3 a wk
13Dec03 Toronto-Cancun, incr from 1 to 2 a wk
13Dec03 Toronto-Grand Turk, incr from 1 to 2 a wk
14Dec03 Montréal-Point a Pitre, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
14Dec03 Toronto-Antigua, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
14Dec03 Toronto-Aruba, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
14Dec03 Toronto-Grand Cayman, incr fr 3 to 4 a wk
15Dec03 Toronto-Nassau, incr fr 5 to 7 a wk
17Dec03 Montréal-Cancun, incr from 2 to 3 a wk
18Dec03 Calgary-Cancun, 2x a wk A319
18Dec03 Toronto-Punta Cana, incr fr 1 to 3 a wk
20Dec03 Calgary-Montego Bay, new 1x a wk A319 to 03APR04
20Dec03 Montréal-Montego Bay, new 1x a wk A319 to 03APR04
20Dec03 Montréal-Puerto Plata, new 2x a wk A320 to 29MAR04
20Dec03 Ottawa-Punta Cana, new 1x a wk A320
20Dec03 Toronto-La Romana, new 1x a wk A320
20Dec03 Winnipeg-Montego Bay, new 1x a wk A319
21Dec03 Vancouver-Cancun, 1x a wk A319
21Dec03 Winnipeg-Punta Cana. 1x a wk A320
23Dec03 London, Ont-Punta Cana. new 1x a wk A319
24Dec03 Toronto-Puerto Plata, incr fr 1 to 2 a wk
07Feb04 Halifax-Punta Cana, new 1x a wk A319
08Feb04 Halifax-Cancun, new 1x a wk A319
09Feb04 Halifax-Montego Bay, 1x a wk A319
12Feb04 Moncton-Punta Cana, new 1x a wk A320
14Feb04 Halifax-Barbados, 1x a wk A319

10AUG03 Air Canada will double capacity to Barbados this winter compared with last winter. From Montréal Dorval, there will be a Saturday flight (from 01NOV03-03APR04) in addition to the usual Sunday flight (from 28OCT03-28MAR04). All flights will be operated with the 140-seat Airbus A320 configured with 20 Business class and 140 Economy class seats.

From Toronto, a second daily flight will be add between 20DEC03-03APR04 using the 120-seat Airbus A319 configured with 14 Business class and 106 Economy class seats. Also from Toronto there will be:

Furthermore, the airline will resume a weekly service on Saturdays from Halifax to Barbados from 14FEB04-03APR04 using the 120-seat Airbus A319. The difference this winter is that it will be a scheduled service instead of last winter's charter service.

12JUL03 The Canadian government has given Air Canada the right to operate scheduled passenger flights to Cuba. The airline, which has been under court protection from creditors since 01APR03, will schedule flights from several Canadian cities -- including Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto -- to Havana, Varadero, Holguín and one other Cuban city. But Air Canada, which already offers seasonal charter flights to Cuba, has not yet chosen the start date or destination cities for its scheduled service to Cuba.

Under and agreement between Canada and Cuba, each can authorise two airlines to operate scheduled service between the two countries. Cubana, the only designated Cuban air carrier, serves Montréal and Toronto. Charter flight operator Air Transat, is the other Canadian airline holding the right to provide scheduled air services to Cuba.

12NOV02 Air Canada will add a Tuesday flight on 03DEC02 from Toronto to Barbados, making it a daily service again on the route. Initially, the Airbus A319 (16 Business class/96 Economy class seating) will be used, but the bigger Boeing 767-300ER (35 Business class/168 Economy class seating) will be used from 17DEC02 onwards.

08NOV02 Air Canada will resume a weekly service from Toronto to San Juan from 16NOV02-05APR03. Initially the Boeing 767-300ER (35 Business class/168 Economy class seating) will be used but the smaller Airbus A320 (24 Business class/108 Economy class seating) will be used from 21DEC02 onwards.

06NOV02 Air Canada will restart a Sunday service from Montréal Dorval to Barbados from 22DEC02-27APR03 using the Airbus A320.

30JUL02 Air Canada will operate a winter service on Saturdays between Toronto and San Juan from 09NOV02-05APR03. Flights wil be operated with the Boeing 767-200/300.

25MAY01 For winter 2001/02, Air Canada will launch four new Caribbean scheduled routes and increase charter flights. In addition, scheduled capacity will rise on three routes.

New Routes
Toronto-Cancun: Six times weekly Airbus A320 service starting 28OCT01, increasing to daily service on 29NOV01.

Montréal Dorval-Cancun: Weekly (Saturday) A320 service starting 15DEC01. Air Canada's Star Alliance partner, Mexicana Airlines, will offer codeshare service on these new routes.

Toronto-Grand Cayman: Twice-weekly A320 service starting 28OCT01.

Toronto-San Juan: Twice-weekly A320 service starting 03NOV01, increasing to daily from 17DEC01.

Increased Capacity for Winter 2001/02 Compared With Winter 2000/01
Toronto-Nassau: Increases to three times a week from two starting 01NOV01.

Toronto-Antigua: Increases to two times a week from one starting 02DEC01.

Toronto-Barbados: Increases from five to seven times a week starting 18DEC01.

Destinations
Toronto to Antigua (weekly), Cancun (4/weekly), Barbados (6/weekly, weekly from 03DEC02), Grand Cayman (twice-weekly from 31OCT01), Kingston (5/weekly), Montego Bay (5/weekly), Nassau (3/weekly), Port of Spain (weekly), San Juan (weekly), St Lucia Hewanorra (weekly).

Montréal Dorval to Barbados (weekly from 22DEC02-27APR03), Cancun (weekly from 15DEC01-06APR02), Point-à-Pitre (weekly) and Port-au-Prince (weekly).

Halifax to Barbados (weekly from 14FEB04-03APR04).

Air D'Ayiti (H9)

Miami to Port-au-Prince.

New York Kennedy to Port-au-Prince.

Air Europa (UX)

News

08NOV02 Air Europa inaugurated a weekly service from Madrid to La Romana today using the Boeing 767-300ER.

Madrid to Havana, La Romana (weekly from 08NOV02), Santo Domingo.

Air Europe (PE)

Milan Malpensa to Havana.

Rome Fiumicino to Havana.

Air France (AF)

News

02OCT02 Air France will inaugurate a thrice-weekly service from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Punta Cana on 28OCT02. Flights will be on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and operated with the Boeing 747 configured with 22 First, 27 Business and 422 Economy seats. Schedules as follows:

146 AF3690 CDG 1350-1810 PUJ
146 AF3691 PUJ 2115-1045+1 CDG

06JUL02 Air France, which will shortly add a sixth weekly flight to St Maarten from Paris Charles de Gaulle, will go daily from 30OCT02. The aircraft used will be the Airbus A340-300. Air France is the only European carrier to operate the A340 to the Caribbean.

15JUN02 Air France will increase its point-to-point service between Paris Charles de Gaulle and St Maarten Princess Juliana (SXM) from five to six flights a week on 18JUL02. The aircraft used for all flights is the Airbus A340-300, configured with six First, 42 Business and 204 Economy seats. The A340, introduced on this route in March 2002, is the only aircraft which flies non-stop from SXM's fairly short runway (a bit longer than 7,000ft) to Europe. The other European airlines - Corsair and KLM - use Boeing 747s which cannot fly back home non-stop.

20NOV01 Air France returned yesterday to Port of Spain after a 25-year absence with a twice-weekly service from Fort-de-France, which continues onto Cayenne, using the Embraer 145 50-seat regional jet. Flights will be on Mondays and Fridays and operated by alliance partner Air Caraïbes. As these are morning flights, they will do not connect with the airline's flights into Fort-de-France from Paris Orly. The general sales and ground handling in Trinidad & Tobago are provided by BWIA.

The Airports Authority granted concessions to Air France which included a waiver of all aerodrome charges for one year from the launch date of the service.

01SEP01 Twice-weekly flights (Fort-de-France-Port of Spain-Cayenne) will be launched on 29OCT01. The operator will be Air Caraïbes.

Schedules

Paris Charles de Gaulle to Havana (5/weekly), Punta Cana (3/weekly from 28OCT02), St Maarten (daily using A340-300) and Santo Domingo (4/weekly).

Paris Orly to Cayenne (daily), Fort de France (10/weekly), Point-à-Pitre (11/weekly).

Miami to Port-au-Prince, Point-à-Pitre, Fort de France and Cayenne. Some flights to the latter three operated by Air Caraïbes.

Caracas to Fort de France (twice-weekly, operated by Air Caraïbes).

Fort-de-France to Port of Spain, Cayenne (twice-weekly from 19NOV01, operated by Air Caraïbes).

Air Jamaica (JM)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

London Heathrow to Kingston, Montego Bay.

London Heathrow to Montego Bay, Kingston.

London Heathrow to Montego Bay.

London Heathrow to Kingston.

London Heathrow to Havana, Kingston.

Manchester to Kingston, Montego Bay (weekly from 01JUN02).

Manchester to Montego Bay, Kingston.

New York Kennedy to Montego Bay (2/daily).

New York Kennedy to Kingston, Montego Bay (daily).

New York Kennedy to Kingston (daily).

New York Kennedy to Barbados, St Lucia Hewanorra (5/weekly to 19JUN02).

New York Kennedy to Barbados, Montego Bay (daily from 20JUN02, no traffic permitted JFK-MBJ).

New York Kennedy to Barbados, Antigua, Montego Bay (3/weekly from 20JUN02, no traffic permitted JFK-MBJ).

New York Kennedy to Grenada, St Lucia Hewanorra (2/weekly to 16JUN02, 4/weekly from 21JUN02).

Atlanta (double-daily), Baltimore/Washington (daily), Boston (from 15FEB01, 5/weekly), Chicago (daily), Ft Lauderdale (11/weekly), Houston (daily from 07JUN01 using A320s, then 4/weekly), Los Angeles (double-daily), Miami (double-daily), New York Kennedy (daily plus twice-weekly via Grenada and St Lucia), Newark (5/weekly), Orlando (4/week), Philadelphia (daily) and Phoenix (from 15JUN00-11OCT01, twice-weekly) to Montego Bay.

Ft Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami to Kingston.

Panama City to Montego Bay (4/weekly from 23JUN00-26AUG01).

Toronto to Kingston, Montego Bay (code-shares on Air Canada)

Boston, Cincinnati, Hartford, Los Angeles, Memphis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Francisco to Atlanta (all code-shares on Delta) for connections to Montego Bay.

Air Lib (IW)

09FEB03 Air Lib was forced to terminate its operations after losing its operating licence last Thursday. Passengers are temporarily being allowed to use their tickets on charter airline Corsair and Air France. Corsair is planning one additional daily flight using a Boeing 747 to depart from the French Caribbean islands for Paris during the next week.

Paris Orly to Fort-de-France (daily), Havana (weekly), Point-à-Pitre (daily), Varadero (weekly).

Air Santo Domingo (EX)

Miami to Santo Domingo.

New York Kennedy to Santiago, DR (from 01DEC02), Santo Domingo (from 01DEC02).

Air Sunshine (YI)

Ft Lauderdale to George Town, Governors Harbour, Inagua, Marsh Harbour, New Bight, San Salvador, Treasure Cay.

AirTran Airways (FL)

News

04AUG04 From 04NOV04, AirTran will add a second daily flight from Atlanta to Freeport. The airline will continue to be the only operator on this route. This service will supplement the existing daily one from Baltimore/Washington to Freeport. All flights are operated with the Boeing 717-200 configured with 12 business class and 105 economy class seating.

21DEC02 From 04MAR03, AirTran will operate a daily service from Baltimore/Washington to Freeport. The airline will be the only operator on this route. This service will supplement the existing one from Boston to Freeport via Atlanta. All flights are operated with the Boeing 717-200 configured with 12 business class and 105 economy class seating.

Flights

Atlanta to Freeport (from 12DEC00, 5/weekly using Boeing 717-200, now daily).

Baltimore/Washington to Freeport (daily from 04MAR03)

Alaska Airlines (AS)

Los Angeles to Cancun (from 15DEC01 daily using 120-seat Boeing 737-700).

America West (HP)

03JUN02 America West launched its daily non-stop Phoenix-Cancun service two days ago. Its is the only scheduled service on this route. Flights are operated with the Airbus A319 configured with 12 First class and 112 Economy class seats.

09MAR03 America West will launch its first Caribbean service with daily non-stop flights from its Phoenix hub to Cancun. Flights will be operated with the Airbus A319 configured with 12 First class and 112 Economy class seats.

American Airlines (AA)

News

25FEB04 American will from New York Kennedy provide the following service from 01JUL04.

08NOV03 American will resume a daily service from Miami (MIA) to St Lucia Hewanorra (UVF) on 01NOV04. Flights will be operated with the 142-seat Boeing 737-800, comprising 20 seats in Business class and 122 seats in Economy class. Departure from MIA will be at 1000, arriving UVF at 1425. The return flights will depart UVF at 1525, arriving MIA at 1820. No other airline operates this route.

The airline had abandoned its daily Boeing 727 service in April 1999 after the St Lucia government and tourism industry refused to keep paying US$1.5 million a year to subsidise the service which had not been reliable.

This service from American follows the announcement recently from Delta of its own twice-weekly service from Atlanta to St Lucia starting in April. With Air Jamaica from New York Kennedy (eight times a week), US Airways (twice-weekly from Philadelphia from December 2001) and Air Canada (weekly from Toronto), St Lucia will be receiving 20 scheduled weekly flights next winter from North America.

03NOV03 American will add or launch the following flights.

From New York Kennedy (effective 01NOV03)

From New York Kennedy (effective 15DEC03)

From Newark (effective 01NOV03)

31OCT03 Here is a summary of additional and new American flights into the Caribbean with effect from 01NOV03.

Boston-Aruba up 4 to 5 a wk

Boston-Cancun Seasonal to 09JUN04, 2x a wk increasing to 3 Days/Week 15DEC03

Boston-Port-au-Prince up 1 to 2 a wk

Boston-Santo Domingo up 3 to 5 a wk increasing to daily 15DEC03

Boston-St Thomas 3 to 5 a wk increasing to 5 days/week 15DEC03

Boston-Turks and Caicos seasonal to 05JUN04 1x a wk

Ft Lauderdale-Port-au-Prince New Daily B738

Ft Lauderdale-Santo Domingo New Daily B738

Ft Lauderdale-San Juan up 1 to 4 daily

Miami-Belize City up 7 to 10 a wk B738

Miami-Barbados up daily to 10 a wk B757, double-daily from 06JAN04

Miami-Cancun up 4 weekly to to 3 a wk, 4x a wk from 15DEC03

Miami-St Maarten up 7 to 10 a wk B752, 11x a wk from 15DEC03

Miami-San Juan up 1 daily to 7 daily, 8 daily from 15DEC03

Orlando-San Juan up 1 daily to 4 daily

San Juan-Caracas resumption 1x a day B738

09SEP03 American will launch a daily service from Dallas/Ft Worth to Cozumel on 31JAN04 using the 134-seat Boeing 737-800. No other airline operates this route. Cozumel will not be a new destination for American as it has previously served it from Miami.

07AUG03 American will launch a Friday and Saturday service from Los Angeles to San Juan on 19DEC03 using the Boeing 767-300 configured with 31 Business Class and 182 Economy Class seats. Flights will depart at 2315 arriving 1024 the next day, the return flights will depart at 1200 arriving 1601.

This will be the only non-stop service on this route and will supplement the five-daily one-stop flights.

25JUL03 American will increase service from Miami to:

21JUL03 American will inaugurate two daily services from Ft Lauderdale on 01NOV03 to Port-au-Prince and to Santo Domingo. All flights will be operated with the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity for 20 Business-Class and 114 Coach-Class passengers. The airline says that the growing Haïtian and Dominican communities in the area have been requesting these services.

04JUL03 American will resume a daily service from San Juan to Caracas on 01NOV03. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 737-800.

22JUN03 American launched extra 57 weekly flights on 14JUN03 in response to additional demand as follows.

From Dallas/Ft Worth

1 weekly to Belize City, making it a daily service

From Miami

1 daily to Cancun, making it 4 daily

1 daily to Port-au-Prince, making it 4 daily

1 daily to Santiago, DR, making it 2 daily

4 weekly to Grand Cayman, making it 3 daily

From Ft Lauderdale

1 daily to Port-au-Prince (from 01NOV03)

1 daily to Santo Domingo (from 01NOV03)

From St Louis

5 weekly to Cancun, making it 1 daily

From Boston

1 weekly to Port-au-Prince, making it 1 weekly

1 weekly to Santo Domingo, making it 2 weekly

From New York Kennedy

2 weekly to Port of Spain, making it 2 weekly

1 weekly to Aruba, making it 1 daily, 1 weekly

3 weekly to Cancun, making it 1 daily, 3weekly

2 weekly to Punta Cana, making it 1 daily

2 weekly to Santo DomingoPort-au-Prince, making it 3 daily

1 daily to Kingston, making it 1 daily (seasonal 14JUN03-02SEP03)

From San Juan

1 daily to Santo Domingo, making it 2 daily

11MAY03 American has cut flights from Boston after April. Aruba is served only weekly (down from four times a week), the seasonal St Thomas service was axed before June.

American has also laid off all 34 of its employees on St Thomas and St Croix because the airline closed down its ground operations at the two airports last month and contracted American Eagle, also owned by AMR Corp, to provide those services.Virgin Islands workers who will lost their jobs are eligible for positions at any of American's other destinations.

09MAR03 Effective 14JUN03, American Airlines will:

Effective 19JUN03, American Airlines will:

12FEB03 American will cease its daily New York Kennedy-Miami-Port of Spain service after 01MAR03, with flights commencing instead from Miami. This will leave the airline with only a weekly flight from JFK to Port of Spain.

04JAN03 Further to the previous news item, the axed New York Kennedy-Kingston service will be partly replaced by temporarily changing the routeing of the current AA1735, a daily Miami-Kingston service, to one which will commence from New York LaGuardia. From 31JAN03-01MAR03, there will be a daily LGA-MIA-KIN service operated with the Boeing 757.

American will then reinstate the JFK-KIN service next summer with a daily flight between 15JUN03-02SEP03 operated with the Boeing 757.

17DEC02 In a bid to restore profitabilty, American will axe its daily Boeing 757 New York Kennedy-Kingston service after 30JAN03. The other incumbents proving a scheduled service to Jamaica from the New York area Air Jamaica from JFK and the recently re-launched Continental from Newark.

This will leave the airline with five daily services to Jamaica: one New York Kennedy-Montego Bay, two Miami-Kingston and two Miami-Montego Bay.

29OCT02 American will add capacity to Port of Spain by increasing its five times a week service from Miami to daily from 01NOV02, making it a double-daily service in total. Furthermore, there will be a weekly service from New York Kennedy to Port of Spain from 21DEC02. All flights are operated with the Boeing 757.

28SEP02 American will inaugurate daily nonstop service from Raleigh/Durham to San Juan on 15DEC02 using the Boeing 737-800 configured with 20 First Class and 114 Economy Class seating. There will then be a new, Saturday-only service from New York Kennedy to La Romana from 21DEC02 using the Boeing 757 configured with 22 First Class and 154 Economy Class seating. La Romana becomes American's fifth nonstop destination in the Dominican Republic from New York. The airline already offers service to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo.

The new flights do not reflect growth for American, but rather a reallocation of existing resources to routes with more promising revenue potential.

American will also be adding frequencies effective 15DEC02 to routes already flown between New York's JFK to the Caribbean. These include:

Furthermore, frequency from Miami to Santiago, DR will double to twice-daily from 15DEC02.

18AUG02 American will inaugurate daily nonstop service from Miami to Punta Cana on 01NOV02 using the Boeing 757-200. This service will complement the existing four times a week service from JFK to Punta Cana, which will also go daily on 15DEC02. The only other scheduled serviceon the MIA-PUJ route is LanChile's weekly flight.

Schedule from Miami
AA1883 MIA 1130-1450 PUJ

Schedule from Punta Cana
AA1830 PUJ 1610-1738 MIA

31MAY02 American will double capacity on its Miami-Barbados route with a second daily flight from 15JUN02. All flights will be operated with the 176-seat Boeing 757-200.

Schedule from Miami
AA2057 MIA 1055-1435 BGI (New flight)
AA0651 MIA 1655-2038 BGI

Schedule from Barbados
A0984 BGI 0808-1155 MIA
AA2062 BGI 1350-1745 MIA (New flight)

Furthermore, on 15JUN02, AA651 will switch from a flight originating at New York LaGuardia (LGA-MIA-BGI) to a dedicated MIA-BGI flight. There will be continue to be a daily JFK-BGI flight. This reduced capacity from NYC probably reflects competition from Air Jamaica which will be increasing its JFK-BGI service from five times a week to daily from 20JUN02.

14MAY02 American will add a second daily flight from Miami to Belize on 02JUL02. As this flight will depart later at 1700, it will be possible to get same-day connections not currently available. For instance, LHR-departing passengers will have to wait only 1hr 35m at MIA for their connecting flight.

11MAR02 Here is the full list of American's additional flights to the Caribbean this summer, all commencing 15JUN02. Some highlights:

Origin Destination New Flights Total Flights Equipment
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) San Juan (SJU) 4 flights per week 1 daily, 4 flights per week 737-800
Washington Dulles (IAD) San Juan (SJU) 4 flights per week 1 daily, 4 flights per week 737-800
New York Kennedy (JFK) Providenciales (PLS) 2 flights per week 3 flights per week 737-800
New York Kennedy (JFK) Punta Cana (PUJ) 4 flights per week 4 flights per week 737-800
New York Kennedy (JFK) Grand Cayman (GCM) 2 flights per week 2 flights per week 757
New York Kennedy (JFK) Santiago (STI) daily daily A300-600R
Miami (MIA) Santiago (STI) daily daily 737-800
Boston Logan (BOS) Santo Domingo (SDQ) daily daily 757
Boston Logan (BOS) Providenciales (PLS) 1 flight per week 1 flight per week 737-800
Boston Logan (BOS) Port-au-Prince (PAP) 2 flights per week 2 flights per week 737-800

07MAR02 American will launch Saturday and Sunday flights from New York Kennedy to Grand Cayman on 15JUN02 using the 134-seat Boeing 737-800. These flights will supplement the airline's daily service from Miami.

The other players in the NYC-GCM market are Continental from Newark (flights shared with Antigua) and USAirways from LaGuardia (flights shared with Charlotte). Last month, American Trans Air launched a weekly flight to Grand Cayman from its Chicago Midway base.

13NOV01 American Airlines flight AA587 (registration N14053) bound for Santo Domingo crashed yesterday at about 0916 just after take-off from New York's John F Kennedy International airport, killing all 251 passengers (of whom about 90 per cent were Dominican Republic citizens) and nine crew on board and at least five people on the ground. The aircraft, one of the airline's fleet of 35 twinjet Airbus A300-600Rs powered by General Electric CF6-80C2A5 turbofans, crashed into a row of seaside houses in the borough of Queens about five miles from the airport. The US Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights in or out of New York City-area airports for at least five hours after the crash, except emergency landings.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a engine fall off the plane and flames on the left hand side before it came down. An engine was found intact in a parking lot at a Texaco station, where it had missed the gas pumps by no more than sixfeet. Part of a wing appeared to be in Jamaica Bay, just offshore. Six people, all adults, were reported missing on the ground. Four houses were destroyed, four were seriously damaged, and as many as a dozen others sustained lesser damage.

At Santo Domingo's Las Americas International Airport, hundreds of shocked relatives wept, hugged each other and begged for information. In New York City, about 500 dazed, grieving relatives of the crash victims gathered at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at the edge of JFK Airport.

The jet's cockpit voice recorder was quickly recovered and, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) which is leading the investigation, initial information from the CVR indicated that the crash was an accident and not sabotage. The flight data recorder has also been recovered and sent to Washington for examination. The FDR is critical for giving information on aircraft flight controls, engine performance and readouts on other mechanical systems.

The NTSB is focusing on engine trouble as the likely cause of the crash. The two engines will be disassembled, which should enable investigators to be able to determine quickly if some type of catastrophic engine failure led to the crash.

26SEP01 American will operate from 07OCT01 all TWA flights from New York Kennedy from the AA terminals with AA planes. The TWA destinations are Cancun, Nassau, Puerto Plata and San Juan.

10SEP01 American will launch a daily service from Chicago to Cancun on 15DEC01, supplementing the existing Saturday and Sunday service. All flights will use the 134-seat 737-800. Furthermore, for winter 2001/02, American will add the following flights each week:

On 15FEB01, American celebrated 20 years of service into Trinidad, having started with about 10 employees and a daily service via Barbados. American now employs 90 people and another 200 Trinidadians indirectly, and is a principal carrier to the island with two daily jet flights from Miami (carrying 84,000 people in 2000). Its regional affiliate American Eagle operates a daily flight from San Juan (carrying 18,246 in 2000). American's Reservations Department provides services to Port of Spain, Grenada, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Destinations

Miami, Baltimore/Washington (additional 4/weekly from 02JUL01), Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft Worth, Ft Lauderdale, Hartford (second daily from 02JUL01), New York Kennedy, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Punta Cana (from 01NOV02), Raleigh/Durham (from 15DEC02), Tampa and Washington Dulles (additional 4/weekly from 02JUL01) to San Juan.

Miami to Antigua (up to 01DEC01), Aruba, Barbados, Belize City, Cancun, Curaçao, Grand Cayman, Kingston, La Romana, Montego Bay, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana (from 01NOV02), St Croix, St Lucia (from 01NOV04), St Maarten, St Thomas, San Juan, Santo Domingo.

New York Kennedy to Aruba, Barbados, Cancun (daily from 07OCT01, formerly TWA), Grand Cayman (1/weekly from 15DEC03), Kingston (daily from 15DEC03-05APR04), La Romana (1/weekly from 15DEC03), Montego Bay, Nassau (5/week from 07OCT01, formerly TWA), Port of Spain (daily), Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata (extra daily flight from 07OCT01, formerly TWA), Punta Cana (4/weekly from 15JUN02), Santiago (STI) (daily from 15JUN02), St Maarten (four times per week to daily from 01NOV00), St Thomas, San Juan (three extra daily flights from 07OCT01, formerly TWA), Santo Domingo.

New York Kennedy to Miami, Port of Spain (daily until 01MAR03).

New York LaGuardia to Miami, Kingston (daily from 31JAN03-01MAR03).

Newark to San Juan (3/daily).

Dallas/Ft Worth to Belize City, Cancun, Cozumel (from 31JAN04).

Chicago to Cancun (from 03FEB01 on Saturday/Sunday). A daily flight will be added from 15DEC01. All flights will be operated with 737-800s.

Boston to Aruba (from 16DEC00), Port-au-Prince (2/week from 15JUN02), Providenciales (1/week from 15JUN02), Santo Domingo (daily from 15JUN02), St Thomas (daily from 31JAN01 using 757 (sole carrier on this route), then axed after April 2003), San Juan (3/weekly from 15FEB01).

Boston to Miami, Port-au-Prince (daily from 15JUN02).

St Louis to San Juan, Cancun.

Los Angeles to San Juan (from 19DEC03).

Intra-Caribbean flights:
San Juan to Antigua (from 02DEC01), Aruba, Caracas (from 01NOV03), St Maarten, Santo Domingo, St Thomas (up to 30APR03).

American Eagle (AA)

News

13APR05 American Eagle will launch a daily service from Chicago's O'Hare International (ORD) to Nassau (NAS) on 09JUN05 using the 70-seat Canadair CRJ-700 jet. This will be the only nonstop service on the route. The incumbents on the route are Spirit Airlines with a daily flight from O'Hare to Ft Lauderdale and onto Nassau, and US Airways with a Saturday flight from O'Hare to Phildelphia and onto Nassau.

03OCT03 American Eagle will launch a service from Raleigh/Durham to Nassau on 31JAN04. There will be double-daily flights on Saturdays and Sundays using the 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135.

The onky incumbent airline on the route is COMAIR which operates a daily Raleigh/Durham-Orlando-Nassau service for Delta using the CRJ.

Destinations

Miami to Freeport, Governors Harbour (up to 07JAN01), Marsh Harbour and Nassau.

Ft Lauderdale to Freeport (daily from 02DEC00 using ATR-42s).

Tampa to Nassau (from 06DEC00).

Raleigh/Durham to Nassau.

ATA Airlines (TZ)

25JUL03 American Trans Air will from Chicago Midway:

Destinations

Indianapolis to Cancun.

Orlando and Chicago Midway to San Juan.

Chicago Midway to Aruba (weekly from 02FEB02 using 757), Cancun (daily from 01FEB02 plus weekly from 02FEB02 using 737-800), Grand Cayman (weekly from 22NOV03 using a Boeing 737-800, Montego Bay (twice-weekly from 18DEC03 using 737-800), Nassau (twice-weekly from 07FEB01), Punta Cana (weekly from 01FEB02-26APR02 using 737-800).

Chicago Midway to Miami, San Juan (double-daily from 16NOV01 using Boeing 737-800).

Los Angeles to Cancun (weekly).

Aserca (R7)

Caracas to Aruba, Margarita, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo.

Caracas to Margarita.

Avianca (AV)

Bogota to Aruba, Curaçao and San Juan (from 01JUN00-14APR01).

Aviateca (GU)

Guatemala City, Flores to Cancun.

Avior Airlines (3B)

Barcelona (BLA) to Porlamar.

Barcelona to Porlamar, Grenada (weekly from 17MAY02).

Maturín to Port of Spain (3/weekly from 01APR02).

Bahamasair (UP)

Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando to Nassau.

Miami to Freeport.

West Palm Beach to Marsh Harbour.

bmi (BD)

07NOV04 bmi will launch nonstop service from Manchester to the Caribbean with these revised dates and schedules.

09MAR04 bmi will become the third UK carrier (after British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways) to operate scheduled flights to the Caribbean with inaugural service from Manchester to Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia on 26NOV04. bmi will compete with BWIA which operates a weekly Manchester-Barbados flight and will be the only carrier operating to Antigua and St Lucia from Manchester. Flights will be operated with the 244-seat Airbus A330-200, of which the airline has three. bmi offers three classes on its long haul services:

The routing is as follows.

Wednesdays: Manchester-Barbados-St Lucia Hewanorra-Manchester (from 01NOV04)

Fridays: Manchester-Barbados-Manchester (from 26NOV04)

Saturdays: Manchester-Antigua-Manchester (from 27NOV04)

British Airways (BA)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2004/05 schedules (October 2004 - March 2005)

London Gatwick to:
Antgua - 1/wk from 04NOV04-24MAR05
Antigua, Tobago - 3/week
Antigua, St Lucia Hewanorra - 2/week
Antigua, Grenada - 2/week
Barbados - daily
Barbados - Saturday flights from 06NOV04-30APR05
Barbados - Monday flights from 01NOV04-21MAR05
Kingston, Montego Bay - 3/week

London Heathrow to:
Nassau - 1/wk (from 03NOV04)
Nassau, Grand Cayman - 3/week
Nassau, Providenciales - 1/week

Winter 2003/04 schedules (October 2003 - March 2004)

London Gatwick to:
Antgua - 3/wk from 17DEC03-30MAY04
Antigua, Tobago - 3/week
Antigua, St Lucia Hewanorra - 2/week
Antigua, Grenada - 2/week
Barbados - daily
Barbados - Saturday flights from 15NOV03-29MAY04
Barbados - Tuesday and Thurday flights from 16DEC03-27MAY04
Kingston, Montego Bay - 3/week

London Heathrow to:
Nassau, Grand Cayman - 4/week
Nassau, Providenciales - 1/week
Barbados - 1/week (13DEC03-17APR04)

Summer 2003 schedules (March 2003 - October 2003)

London Gatwick to:
Barbados - daily
Kingston - 3/week
Antigua, St Lucia Hewanorra - 2/week
Antigua, Tobago - 2/week
Antigua, Grenada - 1/week

London Heathrow to:
Grand Cayman, Nassau - 4/week
Nassau, Providenciales - 1/week

Summer 2002 schedules (March 2002 - October 2002)

London Gatwick to:
Barbados - daily
Kingston - 3/week
Antigua, St Lucia Hewanorra - 2/week
Antigua, Tobago - 2/week
Antigua, Grenada - 1/week

London Heathrow to:
Grand Cayman, Nassau - 4/week
Nassau, Providenciales - 1/week
Barbados (Concorde from 06APR01-13APR02) - 1/week

Winter 2001/02 schedules (October 2001 - March 2002)

London Gatwick to:
Antigua, St Lucia Hewanorra - 3/week (4/week 04FEB02-25MAR02)
Barbados - daily with extra Saturday flight from 01DEC01-30MAR02
Cancun - 2/week
Havana - 1/week
Kingston, Montego Bay (up to 29MAR02) - 4/week
Tobago, Grenada - 2/week (3/week 03FEB02-24MAR02)

London Heathrow to:
Grand Cayman, Nassau - 3/week
Nassau, Providenciales - 1/week
Barbados (Concorde from 01DEC01-13APR02) - 1/week

Equipment used
4-class Boeing 747-400: Barbados
3-class (including 3-3-3 Economy configuration) Boeing 777-200ER: Barbados
2-class (including 3-3-3 Economy configuration -- 3-3-3 after March 2002) Boeing 777-200ER: Antigua, St Lucia, Kingston, Tobago, Grenada
3-class (including 2-3-2 Economy configuration) Boeing 767-300ER: Nassau, Grand Cayman, Providenciales

News

Sunday, 7th November 2004 British Airways has reduced capacity to the Caribbean this winter compared with last winter. The weekly flights to Barbados are down from a maximum of 11 to nine and Antigua is down from 10 to eight.

The number of weekly flights from Heathrow to Nassau is the same (five), but the Wednesday flight will terminate at Nassau (unlike the flight last winter which continued onto Grand Cayman).

Monday, 20th September 2004 British Airways will tomorrow resume its weekly service from Gatwick to Grenada via Antigua. Due to the lack of runway lighting which prevents night flying, the Boeing 777-200ER flights from Grenada will stay for only an hour on the ground. So, after arrival at 1610, it is expected that departures will be at about 1710 instead of the scheduled 1815.

Furthermore, it is almost certain that only Grenada nationals and those on relief missions will be allowed to fly into Grenada as Immigration is not functioning normally.

Sunday, 4th April 2004 British Airways on Friday celebrated 50 years of service to Barbados. The arrival of flight BA2155 from Gatwick, a Boeing 777-200ER, at Grantley Adams International airport was greeted by a band dressed in national costumes and a presentation of a special scroll marking the ocassion.

Celebrations will continue on the island over the coming months with a church service, a long service award for BA staff, a Concorde photo presentation, a customer appreciation day and a BA scholarship award.

Service to Barbados was inaugurated by BOAC, which merged with BEA to form British Airways in April 1972, on 1 April 1954. A 60-seat Lockheed Constellation departed on Thursday from Heathrow at 2230, stopping at Prestwick (in Scotland), Gander (in Canada) and Bermuda before arriving in Barbados 17 hours and 45 minutes later at 2115 the next day. Today, the typical journey time is 8hr 45m for non-stop flights.

The airline operates a daily, 777-200ER year-round service from Gatwick to Barbados, with three additional weekly Gatwick flights and a Saturday flight from Heathrow for the peak winter season. The last Heathrow flight will be on 17APR04 and the last of the extra Gatwick flights will be on 29MAY04. The schedule for winter 2004/05 has not been finalised, but already an extra flight from Gatwick on Mondays and Saturdays from 01NOV04 is scheduled and seats on these flights are available for sale.

Friday, 16th January 2004 British Airways made an unannounced introduction of its premium plus cabin, branded World Traveller Plus, a week ago on Boeing 777-200ER flights from Gatwick to Barbados (all) and some flights to Antigua, St Lucia, Tobago and Grenada. This new cabin, sandwiched between the Club World and World Traveller cabins, is created by reducing the size of the Club World and World Traveller cabins. The seat pitch is 38 inches and the configuration is 2-4-2 compared with 31-32 inches and 3-3-3 in World Traveller.

For Barbados only, this represents a fourth cabin with the other islands getting a third cabin. The Barbados flights will still have 13 cabin crew.

The cabin seating will be as follows. Key: F (First class), J (Club), W (World Traveller Plus), M (World Traveller), Effective (officially available for travel)..

Destination F J W M Total Effective
Barbados 14 48 40 122 224 15FEB04
Antigua, Tobago, St Lucia, Grenada, Kingston - 40 24 218 282 14JUN04

As this product is currently being phased in, it will not be on sale in order to prevent overselling due to factors such as aircraft substitutions. Instead, the World Traveller Plus seats are being sold as World Traveller seats. Once all aircraft have been upgraded, then the airline can sell the new product.

The intention is to improve yields by passengers upgrading from World Traveller to World Traveller Plus, whilst hoping that not too many downgrade from Club World (also 2-4-2 but with better seats and more legroom). One side effect is that capacity is cut: the Barbados flights used to have 264 seats in three cabins, now it is 40 fewer with 224 in four cabins. The other islands have 334 in two cabins, reducing by 52 to 282 in three cabins. Both of these represent a capacity reduction of more than 15 per cent.

Friday, 11th July 2003 British Airways, which will resume a daily Boeing 777-200ER service from Gatwick to Antigua this winter by increasing the summer schedule from five to seven weekly flights, will add three weekly flights from 17DEC to 30MAY04, making it 10 flights a week. These extra flights will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and will depart Gatwick at 1255, arriving 1745. These flights will be terminating at Antigua rather than continuing onto other Caribbean destinations as all other Antigua flights. The 2-class 777-200ER will also used for these extra flights.

As Antigua will have 34 weekly arrivals and departures during the peak winter period, it will be the airline's busiest Caribbean station, with Barbados in second place with 22. British Airways will continue, however, to carry more passengers to Barbados than any other Caribbean destination.

Wednesday, 25th June 2003 British Airways will this winter add capacity to Barbados compared with last winter. Barbados gains substantially compared with winter 2002/03, which had had an extra Boeing 777-200ER and a Concorde each week. This winter, the soon-to-be-axed 100-seat Concorde will be replaced by another Saturday flight from Heathrow between 13DEC03-10JAN04: a 291-seat Boeing 747-400 configured with 14 First class seats, 70 Club class seats, 30 World Traveller Plus seats and only 177 World Traveller seats. From 17JAN04-17APR04, the weekly Heathrow service will be operated with a 224-seat 777-200ER in a 14/48/40/122 configuration. From Gatwick, the winter Saturday flight will be restored from 01DEC03-30MAR04, as well as new Tuesday and Thursday flights from 16DEC03-27MAY04. All Gatwick flights are operated with the 264-seat Boeing 777-200ER.

The only change to the current summer schedule is Gatwick to Antigua, which sees its five-weekly flights restored to daily for this winter until end-March 2004, after which the schedule returns to five times a week. Three of the flights continue onto Tobago, two to St Lucia and two to Grenada. The schedule for Kingston, Nassau, Grand Cayman and Providenciales is now the same year-round.

Thursday, 21st November 2002 British Airways World Cargo (BAWC) now serves all the airline's nine Caribbean destinations by adding Tobago to its network. Cargo can be carried in the hold of the Boeing 777-200ER to and from Gatwick via Antigua three times a week. This new service makes it easier for the islanders to use BAWC's network which includes 160 cities in 76 countries.

Although BA has had adhoc enquiries for both import and export cargo over the years, the thrice-weekly service to Tobago (up from twice-weekly since the end of October) has provided the opportunity to open up the route to cargo. The current focus is on imports, but the airline's Tobago office is exploring opportunities for exports from the station. BAWC also reckons that there are opportunities to seek new business in Trinidad as cargo arriving in Tobago is shipped to Port of Spain. It has to be said, though, that cargo to Port of Spain is much more easily carried by BWIA which flies in daily from Heathrow.

Saturday, 20th July 2002 BA will increase its service this winter from Gatwick to Antigua from five times a week to daily between 27OCT02 and 27MAR03 using the Boeing 777-200ER. All Antigua flights will continue, as they have since the start of this summer's schedule, onto other destinations. Whilst St Lucia will remain unchanged at twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, Tobago will have a Monday flight in addition to the current Thursday and Saturday flights, and Grenada will return to last year's twice-weekly service with the addition of a Friday flight to the current Tuesday flight.

Friday, 19th July 2002 BA will introduce Concorde again this winter from Heathrow to Barbados on Saturdays between 05AUG02-26APR03. A winter Gatwick-Barbados flight will also operate between16NOV02-29MAR03 using the Boeing 777-200ER.

Tuesday, 1st April 2002 BA has, from this summer, dropped the cramped 10-across Economy configuration in its 777s and replaced it with 9-across - the same as its other 777s. Typical capacity is now 335 seats (42 Business, 292 Economy) compared with the previous 385 seats. Furthermore, the AML deal has finally come to an end, whereby AML cabin crew were used on the 777s. The cabin crew is now BA, but costs the airline more.

Thursday, 10th January 2002 BA will add a fourth weekly flight from Heathrow to Nassau and Grand Cayman from 02APR02. The equipment will be the same as the current flights, ie the Boeing 767-300ER.

Monday, 3rd December 2001 Concorde returned to Barbados two days ago from Heathrow to a greeting from a large gathering of diplomats, tourism and other government officials. There will be 20 of these flights on Saturdays up to 13APR02 with an extra flight on Monday 24DEC01. These 21 flights are only half the number of the last season in operation (winter 1999/2000), but there are hopes that once BA has refitted more of its seven Concordes - only three (G-BOAE, G-BOAF and G-BOAG) are in operation - then the previous capacity can be put on again.

Only 54 passengers were on board this first flight, and only 76 of the 100 seats can be filled on the Barbados flights due to restrictions imposed by the fitment of kevlar-rubber panels inside some of the fuel tanks. BA does, however, expect most of this reduced capacity to be taken up for much of the winter season, and demand just before Christmas prompted the operation of the extra flight on Christmas Eve.

The airline will add two Boeing 747-400 flights over the Christmas period from Heathrow to Barbados on Friday 21DEC01 and 04JAN02, both flights having only 291 seats (in a 14 First/70 Club/207 Economy configuration), a high proportion of which are on offer to the more affluent tourists. There will also be an additional Boeing 777-200ER flight from Heathrow to Barbados on Sunday 06JAN02 with 220 seats in a 13/48/159 cabin configuration. Taken together with the extra 76-seat Concorde flight on 24DEC01, there will be an extra 878 seats to Barbados in this peak Christmas/New Year season.

Wednesday 21st November 2001 BA will add from Gatwick two extra weekly flights at the end of this winter 2001/02 season using Boeing 777-200ERs configured with more seats in Business class (currently 28), a more comfortable 3-3-3 configuration (currently 3-4-3) in Economy and fewer seats (currently 355) in Economy. From 03FEB02-24MAR02 there will be a Sunday flight (70 seats Business/194 seats Economy) to Tobago (in time for Carnival) and Grenada to supplement the Wednesday and Saturday flights, and from 04FEB02-25MAR02 there will be a Monday flight (67 seats Business/187 seats Economy) to Antigua and St Lucia to supplement to the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday flights.

Tobago, Grenada and Barbados are pooling their resources to attract carriers back to the region. Their efforts include joint marketing programmes and shared financial incentives for airlines.

Wednesday, 18th October 2001 BA will relaunch the 100-seat Concorde service from Heathrow to Barbados from 01DEC01 to 30MAR02 . Saturdays will be a busy day for BA's four airport staff and handling agent Seawell Air Services as they will deal with three arrivals and departures: the regular (year-round) 777-200ER flight from Gatwick, the 777-200ER flight from Gatwick which will operate from 24NOV01 to 30MAR02, and now Concorde. It will be a long day, with Concorde arriving and departing in the morning, whilst the other two flights arrive in the afternoon and depart late afternoon/early evening.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2001 BA has brought forward its plans by five months to move flights to Nassau/Grand Cayman and Nassau/Providenciales from Gatwick to Heathrow. The switch will be effective from 28OCT01. Flights continue to be operated by Boeing 767-300ERs, so LHR will now see these aircraft which BA has been using only from Gatwick and Manchester. The reason for the move of these - and other flights - from LGW to LHR is to keep using valuable slots vacated by the recent axeing of several LHR flights.

Monday, 24th September 2001 For the summer 2002 season starting 01JUN02, flights to Nassau/Grand Cayman and Nassau/Providenciales will switch from Gatwick to Heathrow and be operated by 777-200ERs instead of the current 767-300ERs.

Sunday, 22nd July 2001 From 24NOV01-30MAR02, BA will add a Saturday flight from Gatwick to Barbados, thus increasing the daily service to eight weekly flights. All flights are operated with Boeing 777-200ERs with 264 seats. Even this additional flight, however, will mean that BA will reduce capacity to Barbados by 421 seats a week compared with winter 2000/01. It is looking optimistic, though, that BA will be able to resume its Concorde flights. If this happens, then Barbados may yet see a weekly Concode flight again from Heathrow with up to 100 seats.

Saturday, 19th May 2001 From the summer 2002 season starting end-March 2002, BA will reduce its Caribbean destinations from 12 to nine at most by axeing all flights from Gatwick to Montego Bay, Cancun and Havana. Kingston will get three weekly non-stops (down from four weekly flights shared with Montego Bay) and although Antigua will rise from three to four a week, St Lucia will be cut from three to two a week and both Tobago and Grenada will reduce from two to one a week. The service to the other destinations remain unchanged. The net result is a cut from 22 weekly flights to the Caribbean during winter 2001/02 to 18 weekly flights during summer 2002. These cutbacks are required if BA is to meet its target of reducing its Caribean costs by £1m (US$1.4m) for summer 2002.

Furthermore, in a move to lure premium passengers, capacity will be cut in Economy by 25 percent and Club World will increase by 30 percent. This not only requires additional Club World seating but the charter-type Economy seating configuration of 3-4-3 in 777s to non-Barbados destinations will become 3-3-3 in line with BA's other 777s. These developments were prompted by the termination of BA's deal with AML next summer which currently includes the use of the aforementioned cramped 777s to several Caribbean destinations and Tampa with cabin crew - much cheaper than BA's - provided by AML.

Tuesday, 17th April, 2001: The Gatwick-Montego Bay route will be axed after 29MAR02. Despite having good loads on the route, it has been impacted negatively by weak yields, high operating costs and competitive pressure. Kingston will continue to be served, thereby maintaining BA's continual service to the island since 1946. Whilst Montego Bay is the more popular destination, BA gets from Kingston a stronger premium market, a better cargo market and most of the ex-Jamaican passenger traffic which provides much higher yields than the ex-UK and ex-European passenger traffic. Furthermore, it is costly to fly Kingston-Montego Bay return four times a week, thus making it attractive to operate point-to-point between Gatwick and Kingston.

The withdrawal from Montego Bay comes on top of BA's cutting both its Havana and Cancun flights from two to one per week after October 2001 and axeing even these flights after March 2002 for the same reasons as Montego Bay. Note that all three destinations are low-yield, leisure routes which are currently served by charter airlines, and that only Air Jamaica will offer scheduled flights to one of these destinations (Montego Bay) after March 2002. BA is currently looking to cut £1m from its Caribbean costs for summer 2002.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2001: BA has demanded £500,000/US$720,000 per annum to keep operating to Tobago after March 2002 through means such as reduced cost of fuel, landing fees, catering and parking fees. The airline also asked for a joint marketing campaign which would support the destination and BA.. Tobago hoteliers are trying to raise the money. BA has also demanded upfront money of £500,000/US$720,000 per annum from Grenada in order to keep its flights. BA is in a strong position as the withdrawal from Tobago and Grenada in June 2001 by JMC Airlines leaves BA with the only flights to these destinations from the UK.

E-ticketing was introduced on all Caribbean routes from March 2001.

From 22SEP00, BA has been selling seats for the first time on its twice-weekly Tobago-Grenada flights. Seats are also sold on three other intra-Caribbean flights, ie Antigua-St Lucia, Nassau-Grand Cayman and Nassau-Providenciales, but not permitted on Kingston-Montego Bay (eighth freedom is rarely allowed).

New destination: The weekly 3-class, Boeing 767-300ER flight from Gatwick to Nassau will be extended to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, from 03JUN01. It will be the first time that BA has flown to the T&C islands and Provo will be the airline's 12th Caribbean destination.

Winter 2000/01 (from 28OCT00 to 24MAR01) Schedules

Following the summer 2000 season, Barbados reverted to Boeing 747-400s on all days except Thursdays and Fridays when Boeing 777-200ERs continue to be used. The First/Club/Economy cabin configurations for 747-400s and 777-200ERs are 14/55/332 and 14/56/194 respectively, so there will be an extra 685 seats per week from Gatwick. On the other hand, the grounding of Concorde means 100 fewer seats per week (200 in some weeks) from Heathrow. However, six extra 747-400 flights ex-LHR were operated (16DEC00-07JAN01) in a 4/70/207 configuration, with the extra-large Club cabin accommodating some of those who would have flown Concorde.

Nassau gets an additional, dedicated flight on Sundays operated by a Boeing 767-300ER in a 3-class configuation (8/36/134) giving 178 seats per week. The existing three weekly flights are shared with Grand Cayman.

BWIA West Indies Airways (BW)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

London Heathrow to Antigua, Port of Spain (2/weekly).

London Heathrow to Barbados, Port of Spain (3/weekly).

London Heathrow to St Lucia Hewanorra, Port of Spain (2/weekly).

Manchester to Barbados, Port of Spain (1/weekly).

New York Kennedy to Barbados, Port of Spain (5/weekly).

New York Kennedy to Port of Spain, Georgetown (daily).

New York Kennedy to Antigua, Port of Spain (3/weekly).

Miami to Port of Spain (daily).

Miami to Barbados, Georgetown (daily).

Washington Dulles to Tobago, Port of Spain (1/weekly from 01NOV02).

Washington Dulles to Barbados, Port of Spain (3/weekly, launched 31OCT99).

Totronto to Port of Spain (2/weekly).

Toronto to Barbados, Port of Spain (4/weekly).

Toronto to Antigua, Barbados, Port of Spain (weekly).

San José to Port of Spain (twice-weekly from 22MAY03).

BW also operates regional jet services from Port of Spain to Antigua/St Maarten, Kingston; to Georgetown; and to Tobago.

Cayman Airways (KX)

Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa and Houston to Grand Cayman.

Miami to Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac.

Chalk's Ocean Airways (OP)

Miami Downtown Watson Island Seaplane Base (MPB) to Bimini North Seaplane Base (NSB), Paradise Island (PID).

Fort Lauderdale to Paradise Island, Walker's Cay.

Continental Airlines (CO)

News

15MAR04 Continental will inaugurate new nonstop service from 10JUN04 from its Newark Liberty International (EWR) hub to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, pending government approval. Continental will operate a 124-seat Boeing 737 (12 in first class, 112 in coach). The flights will depart Newark Liberty at 0910 and arrive in Punta Cana at 1300. The return flights will leave Punta Cana at 1355, arriving at Newark Liberty at 1800.

Continental also offers daily nonstop service from Newark to three other Dominican Republic destinations: Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata and Santiago.

08FEB04 Continental will inaugurate new nonstop service from 10JUN04 from its Houston hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Montego Bay (MBJ) in Jamaica and to Port of Spain (POS) in Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport. Flights to Montego Bay will depart Houston four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1555, arriving at 1905. Return service from Montego Bay will depart the next day at 1000, arriving in Houston at 1315. Flights to Port of Spain will depart Houston four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1530, arriving in the capital of Trinidad and Tobago at 2155. Return service from Port of Spain will depart the next day at 0900, arriving in Houston at 1315.

Continental will operate both new destinations with the124-seat Boeing 737, with flights timed for convenient connections at George Bush Intercontinental to and from dozens of destinations throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

The Montego Bay flights will compete with those of Air Jamaica which operates four times a week. The Port of Spain flights will be new as there is no incumbent operator.

02FEB04 Continental will inaugurate new nonstop Saturday service between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Roatan, Honduras, beginning 12JUN04, pending government approval. Continental will operate a 124-seat Boeing 737 (12 in first class, 112 in coach). The flights will depart Houston at 1305 and arrive in Roatan at 1440. The return flights will leave Roatan at 1545, arriving in Houston at 1930.

29SEP03 Continental will begin nonstop service on 18DEC03 from its Newark Liberty International (EWR) hub to Barbados, pending government approval. Four weekly flights on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday will depart Liberty International at 0845, arriving in Barbados at 1430. Return service from Barbados will depart at 1515, arriving at Liberty International at 1918. Continental will operate a 124-seat Boeing 737-700 on the route, with flights timed for convenient connections at Liberty to and from dozens of destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Other carriers serving this market are American, Air Jamaica and BWIA (all from New York Kennedy). To complete the picture, Barbados is also served from three other US airports: Washington Dulles (by BWIA), Philadelphia (by US Airways) and Miami (by American and BWIA).

17AUG03 Continental will launch the only service between the New York/Newark area and Freeport on 17DEC03 with a daily flight operated by ExpressJet under the Continental Express brand. ExpressJet will use the 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 from Newark.

The Grand Bahama Island destination is also scheduled to receive a double-daily service from Delta on 15OCT03.

12FEB03 Continental will inaugurate a daily service from its Newark hub and Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 12JUN03 using the 155-seat Boeing 737-800. Flights will depart will depart Liberty International at 1605, arriving in Piarco at 2125. After overnighting, return flights will depart at 0850, arriving at Liberty International at 1405. Flights are timed for convenient connections at Liberty to and from dozens of destinations throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

These flights will help restore capacity removed from the market by the cutbacks of American Airlines. Until the Continental flights begin, the NYC-Port of Spain market will be served by BWIA (17 weekly flights), Universal (two weekly flights) and American (one weekly flight).

Continental will also restore service from Houston to Aruba on 12JUN03 using the 124-seat Boeing 737-700. Flights will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1330 and arrive in Aruba at 1920. After overnighting, flights will depart Aruba on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 0930 and arrive in Houston at 1320. These new flights will provide the only scheduled non-stop service to Aruba west of the Mississippi. Passengers can take advantage of both the US Immigration and Naturalization Service and US Customs Service in Aruba allowing US-bound air passengers to clear customs before they leave the Dutch Caribbean Island. This service allows visitors to save time as their return flight is considered a domestic flight.

18NOV02 Continental will inaugurate service between its Houston hub and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, effective 02MAY03, pending government approval. Continental flight CO1190 will depart Houston at 1315, arriving in Grand Cayman at 1600. The return flight CO1191 will depart Grand Cayman at 1640, arriving at Houston at 1930. Flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and are timed to conveniently connect with flights serving numerous other cities from the Houston hub. Continental will operate a Boeing 737-700 seating 12 passengers in the first class cabin and 112 in economy. These flights will complement the existing Saturday flights between its Newark hub and Grand Cayman.

02OCT02 Continental launch a Saturday service from its Newark hub to Belize City on 14DEC02 using the Boeing 737-800 configured with 14 First and 141 Economy seating. The flight will continue onto San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and then return to Newark. The Belize and San Pedro Sula flights will complement those which the airline operates from Houston (12 weekly and seven weekly respectively).

13JUL02 Continental will inaugurate a daily service from Newark to Santiago, DR on 01NOV02 using the 155-seat Boeing 737-800.

Schedule
EWR 1830-2210 STI
STI 0800-1200 EWR

The incumbents on the NYC-STI route are American (10 weekly flights) and Aeromar (four weekly flights), both using JFK rather than Newark.

08APR02
Continental will launch a daily service from Newark to Montego Bay and Kingston on 12DEC02 using the 155-seat (14 first class, 141 economy class) Boeing 737-800. No revenue traffic will be alowed from Montego Bay to Kingston. This launch had been planned for 13DEC01 but was axed after the terrorist action on 11SEP01. Schedule:

CO2012 daily EWR 0900-1255 MBJ 1345-1420 KIN 1510-1855 EWR

Schedules

Newark to Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize City (from 14DEC02), Cancun, Cozumel (weekly to 4/weekly from 15FEB02 using 737-300s), Freeport, Grand Cayman (4/wk from 14DEC00), Kingston (from 12DEC02), Montego Bay (from 12DEC02), Nassau, Port of Spain (from 12JUN03), Puerto Plata (from 14JUN00), Punta Cana (from 10JUN04), St Maarten, San Juan, San Pedro Sula (from 14DEC02), Santiago, DR (daily from 01NOV02) and Santo Domingo.

New York LaGuardia to Houston, Cozumel (daily except Saturdays using 737-300s).

Houston to Aruba (from 12JUN03), Belize City, Cancun, Grand Cayman (from 02MAY03), Merida, Montego Bay (from 10JUN04), Port of Spain (from 10JUN04), Roatan (from 12JUN04), San Juan.

Cleveland to Cancun (weekly from 22DEC01).

CO also code-shares on Gulfstream and Northwest's Caribbean flights..

Copa Airlines (CM)

Panama City to Cancun, Havana, Kingston, Montego Bay, Port-au-Prince, San Juan, Santo Domingo.

CM also code-shares on Gulfstream (from February 2000).

CUBANA (CU)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

Bogota (3/weekly), Buenos Aires (2/weekly), Caracas (code-share on Aeropostal), Guatemala City (1/weekly), Guayaquil (code-share on TAME), Las Palmas (1/weekly), Madrid (3/weekly), Mexico City (daily), Montréal Dorval (1/weekly), Moscow (1/weekly plus (1/weekly code-share on Aeroflot), Paris Orly (3/weekly), Rome Fiumicino (2/weekly), Quito (codeshare on TAME), San Jose (2/weekly), Sao Paulo (1/weekly), Santiago de Chile (1/weekly) and Toronto (3/weekly) to Havana, with onward connections to Baracoa, Bayamo, Camaguey, Cancun, Cayo Largo, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Fort de France, Guantanamo, Holguín, Las Tunas, Manzanillo, Moa, Montego Bay (code-share on Air Jamaica), Nueva Gerona, Point-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Santiago de Cuba, Santo Domingo.

Paris Orly to Varadero.

London Gatwick to Holguín, Havana (weekly from 06APR02-19OCT02).

Delta Air Lines (DL)

News

04NOV04 Delta Air Lines will begin non-stop service on Saturdays from Atlanta to Belize (BZE) on 11 December 2004. The airline will also begin non-stop service on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Atlanta to St Croix (STX) on 5 March 2005. All flights will be operated with the 154-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured with 16 seats in First and 138 seats in Economy.

Delta will resume on 4 December 2004 a non-stop service from Atlanta to Providenciales (PLS), Turks and Caicos, on Saturdays using the Boeing 757 which will have between 180 and 183 seats. This service also was offered last year. The island will continue to be served the remainder of the week by Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

18MAR04 Delta will from 04APR04 add six weekly flights from Atlanta to Cancun, making it a double-daily service, and two new daily flights from New York Kennedy to San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 01JUN04 there will be two new daily flights from New York Kennedy to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a new Saturday service from Cincinnati to Cancun from 05JUN04, and a third daily flight from JFK to San Juan.

29JAN04 Delta will launch two new services from New York Kennedy. From 04APR04, there will be two daily flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and from 01JUN04 there will be two daily flights to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

For San Juan, the first flight will depart at 0645 and the second at 1026, with the returns at 0700 and at 1130.

For Santo Domingo, the first flight will depart at 0630 and the second at 1625, with the returns at 0730 and at 1130.

All flights will be operated with the two-class Boeing 757 seating between 180 and 183 passengers.

07JAN04 Delta will launch a service from Atlanta to St Lucia's Hewanorra International (UVF) on 04APR04 using the 148-seat Boeing 737-800. Flights will operate on Mondays and Sundays. No other carrier operates this route. Flights will depart Atlanta at 0956, arriving St Lucia at 1429. The return flights will depart St Lucia at 1539, arriving Atlanta at 2010.

Currently, Delta code-shares on Air Jamaica's flights via Montego Bay, so it is likely that Air Jamaica will lose some some business.

03JUN03 Delta's Atlantic Southeast Airlines, its wholly-owned subsidiary, will operate two daily non-stop regional jet flights between Atlanta and Grand Bahama Island's Freeport International for Delta Connection, beginning 15OCT03 and subject to government approval. Bombardier CRJ aircraft will be used with a two-by-two seating arrangement and no middle seats. This will be a return to Grand Bahama Island after a six-year absence. This is the first Delta Connection service between Delta's Atlanta hub and Freeport where passengers can connect to more than 900 flights a day with nonstop service to 183 destinations worldwide. Delta and Delta Connection currently serve the Bahamas with flights from Atlanta and Orlando to Nassau.

The current incumbent on the route is AirTran which has a daily service.

08MAY03 Delta's low-fare, startup subsidiary Song will from 01JUL03 offer a daily roundtrip service from Orlando to San Juan. Song is using a fleet of 199-seat, all-economy Boeing 757s.

08OCT02 Delta will inaugurate a Saturday-only service from Atlanta to Curaçao on 11JAN03. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 757.

22SEP02 Delta flight DL104 made an emergency diversion to Georgetown's Cheddi Jagan Intenational (GEO) early this morning. The Boeing 767-300 had departed yesterday at 2139 from Sao Paulo bound for Atlanta, but suffered failure of the right engine after flying about 2,200 miles. There was a loud explosion and flames from the engine which provoked panic among the passengers, but no injuries were reported amongst the 150 passengers or 12 crew members. Smoke was also reported in the cockpit. The diverted flight arrived at 0226 today.

Delta is sending engineers to conduct repairs and changed flight DL912, originally scheduled for Caracas-Atlanta, to GEO to fly the mostly American passengers onward to Atlanta.

19SEP02 Delta has added several Caribbean flights as follows.

From 07SEP02, an extra Saturday flight from New York LaGuardia to Nassau using the Boeing 737-800. This supplements the existing daily service.

From 01DEC02, these are extra flights:

11JUN02 Delta will relaunch a daily service between Atlanta and Montego Bay on 01NOV02 using the 154-seat Boeing 737-800. The new service is in addition to three daily flights between Atlanta and Montego Bay which Delta already offers with codeshare partner Air Jamaica.

Schedule
DL683 ATL 1005-1259 MBJ
DL682 MBJ 1405-1708 ATL

23APR02 Delta will offer the only service between Cincinnati and Cancun when a Saturday flight commences on 01JUN02. The aircraft will be the Boeing 737-800.

Schedules
DL718 CVG 0900-1100 CUN
DL719 CUN 1200-1555 CVG

Flights will be operated with a Boeing 737-800.

26SEP01 From 01NOV01, Delta Air Lines will suspend service from Atlanta to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos until 15MAR02 and from New York Kennedy to Aruba until 01DEC01. Previously announced Delta service from Atlanta to Montego Bay, Jamaica will not begin as planned.

23MAY01 Delta will offer nonstop service between Washington's Ronald Reagan National (DCA) and Nassau, Bahamas, starting 07JUL01. The new flights will be the only nonstop service between the two destinations. The Delta service will operate each Saturday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Delta and Delta Connection serve more U.S. destinations from Nassau than any other carrier, with service from Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, New York LaGuardia and Orlando.

Flights

Atlanta to Aruba, Belize, Cancun (double-daily from 01NOV00), Curaçao (from 11JAN03), Freeport (from 15OCT03 - Delta Connection), Grand Cayman, Montego Bay (daily from 01NOV02), Nassau (triple-daily from 01NOV00), Providenciales (weekly from 01DEC02), San Juan, St Lucia Hewanorra International (twice-weekly from 04APR04), St Maarten (from 01DEC02), St Croix, St Thomas (second daily flight added 02NOV99).

New York LaGuardia to Nassau (daily, with extra Saturday flight from 07SEP02).

New York Kennedy to Aruba (weekly from 01DEC02), San Juan (from 04APR04), Santo Domingo (from 01JUN04).

Cincinnati to Cancun (from 05JUN04), Nassau (from 01DEC02).

Cincinnati and Orlando to Nassau ("Delta Connection" operated by COMAIR).

Cincinnati to Cancun (weekly from 01JUN02).

Atlanta, Miami and New York Kennedy to Montego Bay (code-shares on Air Jamaica).

Miami and New York Kennedy to Kingston (code-shares on Air Jamaica).

New York Kennedy and Montego Bay to Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia Hewanorra (all code-shares on Air Jamaica).

Atlanta and Dallas/Ft Worth to Cancun (code-shares on AeroMexico), Atlanta to Cozumel from 08JAN00 (code-share on AeroMexico).

Dutch Caribbean Express (K8)

13OCT04 The airline was today declared bankrupt.

Amsterdam to Curaçao (5/weekly using wet-leased 767-300ER from Sobelair).

Miami to Curaçao.

DutchCaribbeanExel (YZ)

Amsterdam to Curaçao (4/weekly using a Boeing 767-300ER).

Frontier Airlines (F9)

News

19SEP02 Denver-based Frontier Airlines today announced details of its first international venture, with new non-stop service between its Denver International Airport hub (DEN) and Cancun International Airport in Cancun, Mexico (CUN), effective 20DEC02. Frontier will operate one daily service between DEN and CUN using the 132-seat Airbus A319 and will offer convenient connections beyond Denver. Flight F9042 will depart DEN at 1540, arriving CUN at 2110. After overnighting, the return flight F9043 will depart CUN at 0820, arriving DEN at 1145. This will be the first, non-stop scheduled service between these airports.

Earlier this year, the airline announced that it was seeking approval from US and Mexican authorities to begin international service to Mexico, and Cancun is the first international city to go on sale. The airline has received approval from the US government and service will commence pending Mexican government approval.

Schedules

Salt Lake City to Denver and onto Cancun (daily).

Denver to Cancun (weekly).

Gulfstream International Airlines (3M)

Ft Lauderdale to Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, North Eleuthera, Treasure Cay.

Miami to Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, North Eleuthera, Treasure Cay.

Palm Beach to Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Nassau,

San Juan to St Croix, St Maarten, St Thomas, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Haïti Caribbean Airlines (9C)

News

02OCT02 Startup carrier Haïti Caribbean will on 24OCT02 inaugurate a weekly service on Thursdays from New York Kennedy to Port-au-Prince. Flights will be operated with a 214-seat Boeing 757 wet-leased from Pace Airlines. The 0900 departure, arriving 1130, will not capture business traffic. (It had been originally planned to depart no earlier than 1530 with a next-day return to attract business travellers.) It is planned to add a Monday flight on 25NOV02. The incumbents on the route are American Airlines (daily flight) and Air D'Ayiti (three times a week).

IBERIA (IB)

Madrid to Havana, San Juan, Santo Domingo.

Miami to Cancun.

Island Express (2S)

Ft Lauderdale to Chub Cay, Great Harbour Cay, Fresh Creek, George Town, Marsh Harbour, San Andros, Staniel Cay, Stella Maris, South Andros, Treasure Cay.

Islena Airlines (WC)

La Ceiba to Grand Cayman, Roatan.

San Pedro Sula to Roatan.

JetBlue Airways (B6)

News

04AUG04 JetBlue, subject to approval from the US Department of Transportation, will inauguate a daily service from New York City's John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Nassau (NAS). All JetBlue flights are operated with 162-seat Airbus A320s.

Competitors in this market are US Airways (from LaGuradia), Delta (from LaGuradia) and Continental (from Newark).

08MAR04 JetBlue will inauguate a new daily service from New York City's John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Aguadilla (BQN), on Puerto Rico's northwest coast, starting 27MAY04, and two additional frequencies between JFK and San Juan for the summer. Aguadilla marks JetBlue's second city served on the Isle of Enchantment following the carrier's launch of service to San Juan in 2002. JetBlue currently operates four daily roundtrip flights between JFK and San Juan and will serve the route with six flights daily this summer. JetBlue also filed for authority with the US Department of Transportation to commence twice daily service to Santiago (STI), starting 10JUN04, and a daily flight to Santo Domingo (SDQ), starting 17JUN04, in the Dominican Republic.

02FEB02 Low-fare carrier JetBlue will launch its first Caribbean service with double-daily flights from its New York Kennedy base to San Juan on 30MAY02, with convenient connecting flights from Buffalo, Rochester, Long Beach, Oakland and Salt Lake City. All JetBlue flights are operated with 162-seat Airbus A320s. JetBlue will therefore be going head-to-head with American Airlines and will also competing with Continental Airlines (which flies from Newark to San Juan). United Airlines also flies JFK-SJU but only twice-weekly.

Schedules

New York Kennedy base to Aguadilla (from 27MAY04), San Juan (double-daily from 30MAY02), Santiago (from 10JUN04), Santo Domingo (from 17JUN04).

KLM (KL)

News

21OCT02 KLM has axed its planned schedule changes due to uncertainty about BonairExel's permit to operate flights in time. Bonaire will still be the Caribbean/Latin American hub with double-daily flights in both directions. KLM's revised winter schedule from Amsterdam is:

07OCT02 KLM will axe its weekly flight from Amsterdam to St Maarten after 31OCT02. Passengers will have the option to fly to Bonaire and transfer onto BonairExel, a new airline backed by KLM. The following connections with Amsterdam will be offered in cooperation with BonairExel:

Bonaire's Flamingo International airport will be KLM's hub for South America, in which KLM has invested millions in expanding the runway, adding a fuel reservoir and a brand new airport terminal. Bonaire, which had only one weekly flight from Amsterdam per week a year ago, now has eight. The decision on choosing Bonaire as a hub has to do with operational costs. Landing fees and jet fuel in Curaçao is really expensive and though those fees are cheaper in Aruba, in Bonaire they are much cheaper.

Effective 01DEC02, the losers will be Aruba, which will come down from nine to three weekly flights using the MD-11. Curaçao will get five weekly flights using Boeing 747-300, which means more capacity as these will be non-stops whereas four of the current five weekly flights are shared. The big winners will be Bonaire which will get twice-daily nonstop flights using the MD-11. The current daily Aruba-Lima service will switch to Bonaire.

Schedules

Amstedam to Bonaire (2/daily).

Amsterdam to Aruba (3/weekly).

Amsterdam to Curaçao (3/weekly).

Amsterdam to St Maarten, Curaçao (1/weekly).

Amsterdam to Paramaribo (4/weekly).

Guayaquil, Quito to Bonaire (daily).

Lima to Bonaire (daily).

LACSA (LR)

San Jose, San Salvador and Toronto to Havana.

New York, New Orleans and Panama City to Cancun.

Caracas to San Juan (up to 15OCT01).

LanChile (LA)

Santiago de Chile to Cancun.

Santiago de Chile to Punta Cana.

Miami to Punta Cana, Santiago de Chile.

Lan Dominicana (4M)

Miami to Santo Domingo (from 16JUN03).

LASER (8Z)

Caracas and Maracaibo to Porlamar.

Puerto Ordaz to Porlamar.

Lauda Air (OS)

News

14NOV04 Lauda inaugurated last Tuesday a weekly service from Vienna to Tobago and onto Puerto Plata. The flights are operated with the 258-seat Boeing 767-300ER configured with 24 Business class seats and 234 Economy class seats. Lauda also has weekly scheduled flights to Cancun. Furthermore, the airline operates charter flights to Punta Cana, Varadero and Holguín.

Schedules

Vienna to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Tobago.

Linea Turistica Aerotuy (TU)

Maiquetia to Los Roques.

Lloyd Aereo Boliviana (LB)

Panama City to Cancun.

LTU International Airways (LT)

News

31OCT03 LTU will operate the following seasonal services from its Dusseldorf base using the Airbus A330-200:

01NOV02 LTU will start a weekly service from Berlin Schoenefeld to Puerto Plata between 05NOV02-14JAN03, from Leipzig to Punta Cana (30OCT02-14APR03), from Munich to Cancun (OCT02-14APR03), Puerto Plata (01NOV02 28MAR03), Punta Cana (07NOV02 27MAR03) and Varadero (02NOV02 29MAR03). All flights will be operated using the A330-200 configured 18 Business class and 305 Economy class seating.

Dusseldorf to Cancun, Holguín, La Romana, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero.

Franfurt to Cancun (weekly), Puerto Plata (weekly), Punta Cana (weekly), Varadero (weekly).

Berlin Schoenefeld to Puerto Plata (weekly from 05NOV02-14JAN03).

Leipzig to Punta Cana (weekly from 30OCT02-14APR03).

Munich to Cancun (weekly from 06NOV02 26MAR03), Punta Cana (weekly from 07NOV02 27MAR03), Puerto Plata (weekly from 01NOV02 28MAR03).

Lynx Air International

Ft Lauderdale to Cap Haïtien, Cayman Brac, Freeport, George Town, Grand Turk, Guantanamo Bay, Marsh Harbour, New Bight, Providenciales, Santiago (STI).

Miami Opa-Locka (OPF) to Cap Haïtien.

L-Air

03DEC02 French airline L-Air, previously known as Aerolyon, will inaugurate service from Paris Orly to St Maarten and onto Point-à-Pitre from 16DEC02. Flights will be on Mondays and Thursdays. From 21DEC02 there will be a dedicated Saturday service to Point-à-Pitre, making it three weekly flights to this destination. From 20DEC02, there will be a service to Fort de France on Fridays and Sundays. All flights will be operated with the DC-10-30.

Martinair Holland (MP)

14NOV04 Martinair inaugurated on 6 November 2004 a Saturday service from Amsterdam to Porlamar and onto Tobago using the Boeing 767-300ER in a 24 Business class/248 Economy class configuration.

15JUN02 After 26OCT02, Martinair will no longer operate its twice-weekly Amsterdam-Miami-Aruba service. This is probably due to disappointing traffic on the Miami-Aruba sector. This pullout will leave KLM as the sole carrier to Aruba from Amsterdam.

01MAY02 After an absence of two years, Martinair will resume its weekly service to Montego Bay on 02NOV02 using the Boeing 767-300ER in a 24 Business class/248 Economy class configuration. The flights will depart from the airline's Amsterdam base to Havana and continue to Montego Bay. The airline had pulled out of Jamaica two years ago following eight years of service during which 90,000 passengers were carried. There seems to be a plan to fly non-stop next year to Montego Bay.

Schedules

Amsterdam to Aruba (2/weekly from 05APR01 via Miami, last flight 26OCT02)), Cancun (weekly non-stop, weekly one-stop with Havana), Havana (weekly one-stop with Cancun), Holguín, Montego Bay (from November 2002), Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Varadero.

Maya Island Air (MW)

Flores to Belize City.

Mayan World Airlines (EY)

Guatemala City, Flores to Cancun.

Mexicana de Aviacion (MX)

News

23JAN01 On 01FEB02, Mexicana will launch a daily Mexico City-Miami-Santo Domingo service using the Boeing 727, arriving at SDQ at 2340. The return flights will depart at 0740 the following day.

20NOV01 On 11NOV01, Mexicana launched a twice-weekly flight From Mexico City to Santo Domingo with a stop in Cancun using Fokker 100 aircraft with a passenger capacity of 101 passengers (eight in Executive Class and 93 in Tourist). There are no other scheduled flights to Santo Domingo from Mexico City or Cancun, so Mexicana is looking to attract passengers who would otherwise have flown American Airlines from Miami.

Mexico City to Havana.

Mexico City to Cancun, Santo Domingo (twice-weekly from 11NOV01).

Mexico City-Miami-Santo Domingo (daily from 01FEB02, suspended after 31OCT02).

Guadalajara to Havana (weekly from 04APR01 using a Boeing 727-200).

Buenos Aires, Chicago, Guatemala City, Lima, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando (from January 2000) and Sao Paulo to Cancun.

Monterrey, Vidun, Merida, Cancun to Havana (operated by Aerocaribe).

NICA (6Y)

Managua to Bluefields, Corn Island

North American Airlines (NA)

News

25JUN03 North American is increasing service from New York Kennedy as follows:

All flights are operated with the Boeing 757.

15NOV02 North American will replace the Boeing 757-200 with the larger Boeing 767-300 from 01DEC02 on New York Kennedy-Santo Domingo. This is operated three times a day.

18AUG02 Will reduce its scheduled service as follows on 05SEP02:

New York JFK to Georgetown - from 5 to 2 flights a week.
New York JFK to Santo Domingo (Dom Rep) - from 3 to 1 flight a week.

New York Kennedy to Georgetown (twice-weekly from 16JUL99) using a Boeing 757-200 configured with 22 seats Business Class and 163 in Economy. This began as a charter service but permission was obtained in November 1999 by the Guyana government to operate a scheduled service. JFK-GEO is NA's sole scheduled route.

From 10NOV01, a third weekly flight on Saturdays will be started, supplementing the existing Tuesday and Thursday flights.

Schedules

New York Kennedy to Georgetown.

New York Kennedy to Santiago, DR.

New York Kennedy to Santo Domingo, DR.

New York Kennedy to Aguadilla (2/weekly).

Northwest Airlines (NW)

News

19DEC04 Northwest will launch a seaonal Saturday service from Milwaukee (MKE) to Cancun (CUN) between 19FEB05-30APR05. Flights will be operated with the Airbus A320 configured with 16 First Class and 132 Economy Class seats. The airline will be the only operator on this route.

01DEC02 Northwest will operate a Saturday service from Detroit to Punta Cana between 21DEC02-05APR03 using the Airbus A320.

22AUG02 Northwest will launch a daily Detroit-Nassau service between 18DEC02-05APR03 using the Airbus A319. This is the first time a Northwest flight will land at Nassau. There will also be a Saturday service from Minneapolis/St Paul to Montego Bay between 04JAN03-05APR03 using the Airbus A320. With the new service from Minneapolis/St Paul, Montego Bay will be the fourth Caribbean destination served seasonally by Northwest from all three of its domestic hubs, along with Cancun, Grand Cayman and San Juan.

The seasonal Detroit-Montego Bay service on Saturdays between 21DEC02-26APR03 will be supplemented by flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 01FEB03-05APR03 using the Airbus A320.

03JUN02 Here is what Northwest will be operating to the Caribbean this winter. All flights will use the Airbus A320 configured with 16 First Class and 132 Economy Class seats.

21MAY02 Northwest will launch summer flights from Detroit to San Juan (weekly from 08JUN02-02SEP02) and to Montego Bay (weekly from 15JUN02-02SEP02). All flights will be operated with the Airbus A320. The flights are conveniently timed for vacationers between the city pairs as well as those making connections to and from the nearly 140 cities served by the Northwest network through its WorldGateway hub at Detroit.

Schedules

Detroit to Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan.

Memphis to Montego Bay, San Juan.

Minneapolis/St Paul to Cancun, San Juan.

Milwaukee (MKE) to Cancun (CUN) from 09FEB05-30APR05.

NW code-shares on Continental's flights to the Caribbean.

NW has code-shared on Gulfstream's flights from 02APR00 from Miami to Nassau and Freeport and from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau and Freeport.

Pan American Airways (PN)

04NOV04 Pan American Airlines, a subsidiary of Guilford Transportation, has gone out of business and fired its 30 union pilots. The carrier has transferred its flight operations to Boston-Maine Airways, another Guilford owned airline and a non-union operation. Pan Am's Pease-based maintenance, which also houses Guilford's corporate headquarters and Boston-Maine, remains operational and that the parent company continues to honour its contract with the Development Authority.

Pan Am had been flying into Puerto Rico (San Juan and Aguadilla), Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo and Punta Cana) and St Kitts.

09MAY03 Pan Am will launch a service from Orlando Sanford to Aguadilla, Dominican Republic, on 23MAY03. Flights will be on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays using 149-seat Boeing 727s. The airline has its five-year strategy for Aguadilla which calls for Pan Am to provide service from 21 airports:

In four years, Pan Am is expected to generate 168 jobs and a payroll of $7.25 million in Puerto Rico. It is also expected to invest $59 million in launching new service and $51.75 million in operational costs.

23NOV02 Pan Am started a seasonal service for the holiday market two days ago from San Juan to Santo Domingo. Service will usually be four times a week until 12JAN03, and will restart on 02MAR03 until 05MAY03. The airline's only other Caribbean operation continues to be Orlando Sanford-Santo Domingo (six times a week). Flights are timed so that there are good connnections at Santo Domingo in both directions.

03OCT02 Pan Am has drastically scaled back its operations until at least December. All Dominican Republic flights from the East Coast have been axed, as well as Miami to San Juan, although flights survive between Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. Limited Boeing 727 flights to The Bahamas and Puerto Rico will continue to be provided.

02AUG03 Pan Am will launch a service from Newark to San Juan on 15AUG02, operating on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays using the Boeing 727-200. Pan Am already seves San Juan from Sanford, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.

06JUN02 Pan Am will launch three Dominican Republic routes - Santiago (STI), Punta Cana (PUJ) and Puerto Plata (POP) - from Newark, commencing on 28JUN02, 29JUN02 and 30JUN02 respectively. Pan Am's expansion comes on the heels of the airline's successful launch of service between Puerto Plata, San Juan and Miami on 30MAY02, and comes about as a consequence of assistance from the Dominican Republic's President Hipolito Mejia's Government and Minister of Tourism, Dr Subervi.

Santiago will be served three times a week, Punta Cana once a week and Puerto Plata twice-weekly. Flights will be operated with the Boeong 727-200.

Schedule from Newark International
PN310 135 EWR 0900-1230 STI
PN340 6 EWR 1515-1900 PUJ
PN320 47 EWR 0900-1230 POP

Schedule to Newark International
PN131 135 STI 1330-1700 EWR
PN331 6 1100-1430 EWR
PN321 47 POP 1330-1700 EWR

14MAY02 Pan Am will commence a Thursday and Saturday service between Miami and Puerto Plata on 30MAY02. This will provide some competition for American which has a daily flight. On the same days, and on 30MAY02, the airline will commence a Puerto Plata-San Juan service. It looks as if a single aircraft - a 149-seat Boeing 727-200 - will fly as follows:

Miami-Puerto Plata - 0930-1130
Puerto Plata-San Juan - 1300-1400
San Juan-Puerto Plata - 1500-1615
Puerto Plata-Miami - 1745-2000

13MAY02 Pan Am will launch an Orlando Sanford-Freeport service on 15MAY02 with three weekly flights. The incumbent in the market is Continental's daily flight from Orlando International (operated by Gulfstream).

03APR02 Pan Am has filed to operate the following routes from Dominican Republic:

11MAR02 Pan Am plans to launch a Dominican Republic-based carrier that would enable it to link services from the US operated by its Portsmouth, NH-based carriers with operations into Latin America, where the original Pan Am flew. After meeting this week with the president of the Dominican Republic and other top Dominican officials, Pan Am -- sometimes referred to as Pan Am 3, since it is the third carrier using the name -- said it has "initiated the process of applying for establishment and certification by the Dominican Civil Aviation Authority with the intention of commencing service later this year." The carrier would use Dominican nationals for flight and cockpit crews, a plan also used by original Pan Am founder Juan Trippe. Since the Dominican Republic has been placed in Category 2 under FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment Program, a carrier of Dominican nationality would face a U.S. prohibition on the start of new service. But Pan Am would be able to link its off-shore operation with its US-based airlines -- Pan American Airways and affiliate Boston-Maine Airways.

Pan Am President David Fink met with last week with Dominican President Hipolito Mejia and Tourism Minister Rafael Subervi Bonilla, discussing proposals that include training and repair facilities. Pan Am would begin operations within the next 45 days with 10 aircraft initially, Bonilla said. The carrier's mission is to provide "high-quality air service throughout Central and South America, within the Caribbean and to the US and Canada," Fink said. Additionally, the new airline division would operate turboprop service within the Dominican Republic and elsewhere in the region which has been hit hard by both the reduced demand for tourism following September 11 and the bankruptcy of Dominicana, the defunct national carrier. Pan Am would use its growing fleet of Boeing 727-200s and Jetstream 31s - all outcasts from other carriers. Pan Am recently contracted with United to purchase 24 727s, which are being delivered at a rate of one per week. The carrier is also adding 16 Jetstreams to its fleet. The new operation would begin with charter service, with plans to link service from San Juan, Bermuda and Freeport in the Bahamas with Dominican points Santo Domingo, Santiago and Puerto Plata. Intra-Dominican service points would likely include La Romana and Barahona as well. Pan Am last week applied at DOT for rights to serve points in the Dominican Republic from Portsmouth, Newark, Miami and San Juan, planning 44 weekly frequencies using seven 727s.

23JAN01 Pan Am has obtained an exemption from DOT for US-Bahamas scheduled service, which it plans to operate on a Orlando Sanford-Freeport routing five times weekly, beginning about 18FEB02 using a 149-seat Boeing 727 configured for business-class seating. The carrier operates foreign charters as well as scheduled service in eight markets in the eastern U.S. and to Puerto Rico with its fleet of seven 727-200 aircraft. The Bahamas service will connect via Sanford to Pan Am flights to Baltimore, Worcester, Bangor, Allentown, Portsmouth and San Juan.

Schedules

Orlando Sandford (SFB) to San Juan (daily except Tuesdays from 24MAY01 using 727-200s). A daily flight will be added on 30MAY01 in response to market demand. The route will be operated as a part of a strategic relationship between Pan Am, Carlson Wagonlit Travel-Turavia's San Juan office and Expert Travel of Altamont Springs, Florida.

San Juan to Santo Domingo (from 21NOV02-12JAN03; 02MAR03-05MAY03).

The airline has devoted its jet fleet to "Clipper Class" service in which added passenger comfort and convenience has become a trademark taking a traditional 727 and reduced the seating from 173 to 149, thus adding additional legroom and overhead storage.

PENTA Pena Transportes Aereos (5P)

Belem-Macapa to Cayenne and onto Paramaribo.

RUTACA Airlines (RUC)

13NOV02 Venezuelan carrier RUTACA added a new destination - Barbados - to its route netwiork when it inaugurated a service to Barbados on 04NOV02 using a 124-seat Boeing 737-200. The routeing is Caracas-Porlamar-Port of Spain-Barbados-Porlamar-Caracas every Monday and Thursday. Paradise Travel (itsi@mail.infinetworx.com) is the airline's appointed General Sales Agent in Barbados.

Barbados has lacked a direct flight with Venezuela since Aeropostal pulled out a year ago, forcing passengers to route via points such as port of Spain with BWIA.

Crash on 25JAN01

A Rutaca DC-3C (YV-224C) crashed near Ciudad Bolívar killing all three crew and 21 passengers and injuring three people on the ground. Rutaca flight 225 was headed from Canaima National Park, a gateway for tourists to Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall in Venezuela's famed Gran Sabana territory. It was bound for Porlamar, a city on an island of Margarita off the country's northern Caribbean coast. The flight landed for refuelling at Rutaca's base of Ciudad Bolivar, about 335 miles (500 kilometres) southeast of Caracas, Venezuela's capital. Shortly after takeoff engine problems forced the pilot to return to Ciudad Bolívar. While trying to return, control was lost and the DC-3 crashed into the residential El Perú area, vía La piscina. The aircraft struck a large tree and burst into flames.

Follow-up/safety actions: The Venezuelan government ordered an inspection of DCs used by Rutaca and other Venezuelan airlines, about 20 in all, and ordered all Rutaca flights suspended.

Rutaca is a small local carrier that flies to Guyana and local Venezuelan tourist destinations.

Schedules

Puerto Ordaz (PZO) to Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International (GEO) (from 03OCT00 twice-weekly using an 18-seat Bandeirante, handling agent in Guyana is Roraima Airways), Porlamar.

Barcelona to Porlamar.

Maturin to Porlamar.

Santa Barbara Airlines (S3)

Las Piedras to Aruba.

SAP(5S/PSV)

New York Kennedy, Santo Domingo, Punta Cana (Saturdays using A320).

Sol Air (4S)

News

08NOV02 Sol Air plans to launch a weekly flight from Roatan, Honduras to Dallas/Ft Worth on 30NOV02 using a Boeing 737-300 wet-leased from Falcon Air.

Spirit Airlines (NK)

02JUN03 Spirit has asked DOT for permission to launch daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Cancun, Mexico, using MD-80s. If approved, this would be Spirit's second destination outside the continental US as it also serves San Juan, Puerto Rico. Spirit would would be the first carrier to provide scheduled service between Fort Lauderdale and Cancun.

Schedules

LaGuardia, Ft Lauderdale, San Juan (double-daily from 08NOV01 using MD-83s). An aircraft will be added to the fleet to implement this new service.

Chicago O'Hare, Orlando International, San Juan (daily), Ft Lauderdale, Nassau.

Sun Country Airlines (SY)

20NOV02 Sun Country will restart a Saturday service from Minneapolis/St Paul to St Thomas, with a technical en-route stop in San Juan, between 21DEC02-19APR03. No other airline flies this route. On the same day, flights will operate to Cancun (initially twice-weekly, then four times a week) between 21DEC02-28JAN03. The incumbent is Northwest with a daily service. Then a service will restart to Cozumel (initially weekly, then two times a week) between 28DEC02-19APR03. The incumbent is Northwest with a daily service. Flights operate with a two-class 737-800.

Schedules

Minneapolis/St Paul to Cancun (21DEC02-28JAN03), Cozumel (28DEC02-19APR03), St Thomas (weekly from 21DEC02-19APR03).

Surinam Airways (PY)

Miami to Curaçao and onto Paramaribo (2/weekly), code-shares operated by Dutch Caribbean..

Amsterdam (code-share on KLM) to Paramaribo, with onward connections to Aruba, Belem, Cayenne, Curaçao, Georgetown, Port of Spain.

TACA International Airlines (TA)

Flores, Houston, Miami, San Salvadore to Belize City.

Houston and Miami to Roatan.

La Ceiba to Grand Cayman, Roatan (operated by Islena Airlines).

San Pedro Sula to Roatan (operated by Islena Airlines).

TAME (EQ)

Guayaquil to Havana.

Thomas Cook Airlines (DE)

News

Saturday, 8th November 2003 Thomas Cook Airlines (previously known as Condor) will restart some Caribbean routes this winter from Frankfurt using the Boeing 767-300ER (24 Business seats, 245 Economy seats). The destinations are Barbados and Tobago (weekly from 02NOV03-21MAR04), Grenada and Porlamar (weekly from 07NOV03-26MAR04), St Lucia and Porlamar (weekly from 05NOV03-24MAR04), Montego Bay (weekly from 06NOV03-25MAR04), Havana and Cayo Coco (weekly from 03NOV03-22MAR04), Havana (weekly from 07NOV03-26MAR04), Varadero (twice-weekly from 02NOV03-25MAR04), Holguín (07NOV03-26MAR04), Puerto Plata (twice-weekly from 05NOV03-24MAR04), Punta Cana (thrice-weekly from 01NOV03-27MAR04).

Friday, 24th May 2002 Condor will restart some Caribbean routes this winter from Frankfurt using the Boeing 767-300ER (24 Business seats, 245 Economy seats). The destinations are Montego Bay (weekly from 30OCT02), Santo Domingo (weekly from 28OCT02), Grenada and Porlamar (weekly from 01NOV02), Havana and Cayo Largo (weekly from 02NOV02), Barbados and Tobago (weekly from 03NOV02), St Lucia and Porlamar (weekly from 06NOV02). There will also be weekly flights to Santo Domingo from both Dusseldorf and Munich starting 28OCT02.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2001: Condor will restart a weekly charter flight from Frankfurt to Porlamar (PMV), on the resort island of Margarita off the Venezuelan Caribbean coast. Flights will operate between 03JUL01-30OCT01 using a Boeing 767-300ER, with 24 seats in Business class and 252 seats in Economy. Then, from 02NOV01-26APR02, the non-stop flights will be routed via Grenada using a Boeing 767-300ER, with 24 seats in Business class and 245 seats in Economy.

Friday, 1st June 2001 Condor will operate a Sunday service from Frankfurt to Barbados and onto Tobago from 04NOV01-28APR02 using a Boeing 767-300ER configured with 24 Business and 245 Economy seats. The airline agreed re-instate the Tobago service which was stopped in March 2001 and re-launch the Barbados service following a 50:50 risk sharing agreement between the Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago governments. Catering for the return flight will be done at Tobago.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2001: Condor will no longer fly to Tobago after October 2001 unless the Trinidad & Tobago Government can guarantee 90 seats each flight. This works out to a yearly cost of TT$5m/US$801,280 or US$171 per seat. The weekly Frankfurt-Tobago-St Lucia flight will be halted after 25MAY01 until October 2001. This comes on top of the termination of flights to Antigua after 24APR01.

Schedules

Frankfurt to Barbados and Tobago (weekly from 02NOV03-21MAR04), Grenada and Porlamar (weekly from 07NOV03-26MAR04), St Lucia and Porlamar (weekly from 05NOV03-24MAR04), Montego Bay (weekly from 06NOV03-25MAR04), Havana and Cayo Coco (weekly from 03NOV03-22MAR04), Havana (weekly from 07NOV03-26MAR04), Varadero (twice-weekly from 02NOV03-25MAR04), Holguín (07NOV03-26MAR04), Puerto Plata (twice-weekly from 05NOV03-24MAR04), Punta Cana (thrice-weekly from 01NOV03-27MAR04).

TWA Airlines (TW)

News

03NOV01 All TWA flights will, from 02DEC01, operate solely with American Airlines flight numbers. As far as the Caribbean is concerned, this means St Louis to San Juan (daily), Cancun (4/weekly) and Montego Bay (2/weekly).

26SEP01 Effective 07Oct01, American Airlines will operate all TWA flights from JFK from the AA terminals with AA planes.

St Louis to San Juan, Cancun, Montego Bay (up to 01DEC01).

Tropic Air (PM)

Flores to Belize City.

United Airlines (UA)

News

04MAY04 United, a minor player in the Caribbean, will significantly expand its presence in the region by launching eight new services to the Caribbean in December 2004 subject to government approval. The proposed services are as follows.

New Caribbean flights for United Airlines starting December 2004
Code Origin Code Destination Frequency
IAD Washington Dulles CUN Cancun Daily
IAD Washington Dulles GCM Grand Cayman Weekly
DEN Denver CUN Cancun Weekly
SFO San Francisco CUN Cancun Weekly
ORD Chicago CZM Cozumel Three times a week
ORD Chicago PUJ Punta Cana Four times a week
ORD Chicago MBJ Montego Bay Two times a week
ORD Chicago SXM St Maarten Weekly

11MAR04 United will launch a Saturday service from its Denver hub to Cancun on 05JUN04. This service is subject to receipt of government operating authority. The service will use the 138-seat Airbus A320s configured with 12 seats in First and 126 seats in Economy. The southbound flight will depart Denver on Saturdays at 1015 and arrive in Cancun at 1506. The return flight will depart Saturday afternoon from Cancun at 1245 and arrive at Denver at 1544.

The incumbent on this route is Frontier Airlines which also operates a Saturday service and a daily Salt Lake City-Denver-Cancun service.

08OCT03 United will launch seasonal, Saturday-only service to Grand Cayman (GCM) from its hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) from 20DEC03-24APR04. The new service will use Airbus A320s or similar aircraft with 138 seats, configured with 12 seats in United First Class and 126 seats in United Economy Class. The southbound flight will depart Chicago O'Hare on Saturdays at 0800 and arrive in Grand Cayman Owen Roberts International Airport at 1254. The return flight will also depart on Saturdays from Grand Cayman at 1425 and arrive in Chicago at 1730.

The incumbents serving the market are Cayman Airways with a twice-weekly service from O'Hare and ATA Airlines with a Saturday service from Chicago Midway (MDW).

United will also resume its seasonal, Saturday-only service from Washington Dulles to:

Both the above services will use the Airbus A320.

In addition, service from Washington Dulles to Cancun, Mexico will begin on 14FEB04, pending government approval.

This move expands United's current service to the Caribbean, which includes flights to the regional leisure destinations of Aruba; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

19JUL02 United will launch a Saturday service from Washington Dulles to Aruba between 14DEC02 and 26APR03. Flights will be operated with the Airbus A320 configured with 12 seats in United First and 126 seats in United Economy.

Schedules

Chicago to St Thomas (from 31OCT99), San Juan.

Chicago to Aruba (weekly), Grand Cayman.

Washington Dulles to Aruba, St Thomas, San Juan.

Miami and Los Angeles to Cancun (code-shares on MEXICANA).

Denver to Cancun from 05JUN04

UA also code-shares on Gulfstream from San Juan.

Universal Airlines (UW)

Schedules

New York Kennedy to Port of Spain, Georgetown (twice-weekly from 13DEC01).

New York Kennedy to Ft Lauderdale, Georgetown (weekly).

New York Kennedy to Ft Lauderdale, Georgetown, Paramaribo (weekly).

New York Kennedy to St Kitts, Georgetown (weekly).

US Airways (US)

News

23AUG04 US Airways has announced a major expansion at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The airline will introduce new service to:

The Kingston flights will originate from New York LaGuardia to Ft Lauderdale and continue onto Kingston.

Furthermore, flights will be launched to Nassau and Providenciales on 13FEB05 by US Airways Express.

17AUG04 US Airways will operate from 12FEB05 a new nonstop Saturday service from Charlotte to Barbados. Flights will be operated with the 142-seat Airbus A320 configured with 16 First and 126 Economy seats.

Additionally, on 07NOV04, the airline will add three weekly Boston-Aruba flights using the 120-seat Airbus A319, making it four in totalice, adding nonstop roundtrip flights each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, using Airbus A319 aicraft. And from 11DEC04, US Airways will add a second Saturday nonstop roundtrip flight between Charlotte and St Thomas, using 193-seat Boeing 757 aircraft.

26FEB04 US Airways will operate from 12JUN04 new nonstop Saturday service from New York LaGuardia to both Aruba and St Thomas, and will add a second Saturday LaGuardia-San Juan flight. All new flights will be operated with the 142-seat Airbus A320 configured with 16 First class seats and 146 Economy class seats.

The flights to Aruba will depart 0730, arriving 1201. The return flights will depart 1315, arriving 1746.

The flights to St Thomas will depart 0829, arriving 1219. The return flights will depart 1330, arriving 1720.

The flights to San Juan will depart 0930, arriving 1322. The return flights will depart 1535, arriving 1933.

08AUG03 US Airways announced will introduce the only scheduled nonstop service between its Charlotte hub and La Romana, the airline's third destination in the Dominican Republic. The new service will begin on 13DEC03, and operate each Saturday using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. Flights will depart Charlotte at 1030 and will arrive in La Romana at 1445. Return flights will depart La Romana at 1605 and will arrive in Charlotte at 1841.

04AUG03 US Airways plans to operate nonstop service between Washington's Dulles International and San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning on 01NOV03. The new service will operate each Saturday using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. Flights will depart Dulles at 0900 and will arrive in San Juan at 1336. Return flights will depart San Juan at 1450 and will arrive at Dulles at 1756. This new service will also connect Washington customers to St Kitts and Tortola via our US's GoCaribbean partner Caribbean Sun Airlines.

US Airways currently operates twice-daily service to San Juan from Charlotte., with three frequencies on Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia-San Juan service operates three times each day, with four frequencies on Saturday. US Airways also serves San Juan with Saturday and Sunday service from both Boston and Pittsburgh. Boston-San Juan flights will operate daily beginning in November 2003.

17JUL03 US Airways will begin service on five new Caribbean routes. Beginning 13DEC03, there will be service between Philadelphia and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Philadelphia-Cozumel and Charlotte-St Kitts. Charlotte-Antigua service will begin on 14FEB04. All these new service will operate on Saturdays only using 150-seat Airbus A320s, and is subject to foreign government approval.

Also beginning 13DEC03 will be a Saturday service from New York's LaGuardia and San Juan using the 120-seat Airbus A319. No other airline operates this route.

US Airways currently operates twice-daily service to San Juan from Charlotte, with an additional frequency on Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia-San Juan service operates three times each day, with four frequencies on Saturday. US Airways also serves San Juan with Saturday and Sunday service from both Boston and Pittsburgh. Boston-San Juan flights will operate daily beginning 26OCT03.

11JUL03 US Airways will suspend its Saturday service from Philadelphia to Grenada after 06SEP but will resume service from 01NOV. Flights are operated with the 124-seat Airbus A319.

The airline also announced today that Dividend Miles members can now earn and redeem miles on flights operated by Caribbean Star Airlines, a member of the GoCaribbean network, effective immediately. Caribbean Star serves thirteen destinations in the Caribbean.

08JUL03 US Airways, which has already expanded more into the Caribbean in recent years than any other carrier, will significantly expand its service to the Caribbean from Boston beginning this autumn by launching three routes and adding capacity to its two existing ones

From 14FEB04, service will begin on these new routes from Boston, subject to foreign government approval:

From 26OCT03, the Boston-San Juan service, which currently operates on Saturdays and Sundays, will increase to daily service. On 14FEB04, the Boston-Cancun service, which is Saturday-only, will increase to five times per week with a flight on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as two flights on Saturday.

All new and expanded service will be operated using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

23DEC02 US Airways will launch two Saturday services on 15MAR03: Pittsburgh-Montego Bay and Boston-Cancun. Montego Bay will be Pittsburgh's third Caribbean destination, in addition to Cancun and San Juan. The Montego Bay service will operate with a 120-seat Airbus A319, with 12 First Class seats and 108 seats in Economy class. Flights will depart Pittsburgh at 0910 and will arrive in Montego Bay at 1253. From Montego Bay, the flights will depart at 1240 and will arrive in Pittsburgh at 1614.

The new service to Cancun, US Airways' second Caribbean destination from Boston following the addition of Boston-San Juan service in February 2003, will operate using a 150-seat Airbus A320. Flights will depart Boston at 0945 and will arrive in Cancun at 1323. Return flights will depart Cancun at 1430, and will arrive in Boston at 1939.

13DEC02 US Airways will begin nonstop service tomorrow between its Charlotte hub and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The new flights will operate between Charlotte and Punta Cana each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday using Airbus A319 aircraft. The flights will depart Charlotte at 1020 and will arrive in Punta Cana at 1442. Return flights will depart Punta Cana at 1600 and will arrive in Charlotte at 1837. This new route, Charlotte's 13th to the Caribbean, increases US Airways' overall Caribbean network to 20 jet destinations. Service to Punta Cana will be expanded from 09MAR03 when Saturday and Sunday flights will be added from Philadelphia using the A319.

There will be another new route (Boston-San Juan) when a Saturday service is launched on 15FEB03 using the A319. San Juan is already served by the airline from its three hubs at Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh.

In addition, the airline will add frequency to eight existing routes:

08NOV02 US Airways will launch a daily non-stop service from its Philadelphia hub to Freeport, Grand Bahama, on 15FEB03 using Airbus A319 jet aircraft configured with 12 first-class seats and 108 economy seats. US Airways currently serves Grand Bahama Island daily from Charlotte and on Saturdays from New York LaGuardia.

10JUL02 US Airways will launch a daily service from Ronald Reagan Washington National to Nassau on 02NOV02 using the 120-seat Airbus A319. The new route will complement existing daily nonstop flights serving Nassau from Philadelphia, Charlotte hubs and LaGuardia. Furthermore, a second daily flight will be added from Charlotte from 03NOV02.

04JUN02 US Airways announced today the start of a weekly non-stop service on Saturdays from Philadelphia to Grenada on 21DEC02. Flights will be operated with the 120-seat Airbus A319. This will be the airline's 19th Caribbean destination to be served by jet aircraft. The new service will operate from the new international terminal facility at Philadelphia airport, currently under construction.

Schedule from Philadelphia
US395 6 PHL 0945-1539 GND

Schedule from Grenada Pointe Salines International
US396 6 GND1640-2040 PHL

03JUN02 US Airways announces today the GoCaribbean initiative.

29th May, 2002 US Airways will launch non-stop services from Charlotte to Providenciales and Belize, both with four flights weekly using new 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. The two new routes will increase service between Charlotte and the Caribbean to 12 destinations. Together with new weekly flights between Philadelphia and St Kitts, starting 07DEC02, US Airways will offer jet service to 18 Caribbean destinations.

The Providenciales service will commence on 02NOV02 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Belize service will commence on 09NOV02 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

28th April, 2002 US Airways will launch a weekly service from Philadelphia to St Kitts on 07DEC02 using the 120-seat A319. This will be the only flight from the US to St Kitts. This destination will be the Airline's 16th in the Caribbean.

5th February, 2002 US Airways has fulfilled its planned Caribbean expansion with these flights on 03FEB02:

11th January, 2002 US Airways will launch two Caribbean routes tomorrow. The current daily US979 flight from Washington's Reagan National to Charlotte will continue to Aruba using the 142-seat Airbus A320, so complementing the existing daily Philadelphia-Aruba service. Furthermore, a weekly Charlotte-Cozumel flight will commence using the 144-seat Boeing 737-400, although it had been planned to fly twice-weekly using the 126-seat 737-300.

4th November, 2001 The four-weekly (Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) Philadelphia-Barbados service was launched yesterday using Airbus A319, to be followed by:

9th September, 2001 US Airways has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to begin once-weekly nonstop service to both Grenada and St. Kitts & Nevis from its Philadelphia hub beginning early 2002. Subject to government approval, US Airways would operate once-weekly roundtrip service to each destination on a year-round basis using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. In the filing, US Airways said the proposed service between the United States and both Grenada and St. Kitts & Nevis will provide for nonstop service by a new entrant carrier and enhanced competition in these markets.

These two countries will be the airline's thirteenth and fourteenth Caribbean destinations from Philadelphia.

14th July, 2001 A Saturday flight will commence from Philadelphia on 08DEC01 to Antigua using a 142-seat A320.

27th June, 2001 Update on new routes.

7th June, 2001 On 25MAY01, US Airways filed with the US DOT for two-year exemption authority to operate the following routes:

Barbados and St Lucia will be the airline's first venture into the Eastern Caribbean. The Freeport flights will complement the existing daily flight into Nassau from LGA.

Charlotte/Douglas International-Aruba will be launched as a Saturday and Sunday service from 10NOV01, then daily from 12JAN02, using 142-seat A320s. Nearly 50 communities on the US Airways system will have convenient connecting service at Charlotte to and from Aruba.

Destinations

Charlotte to Aruba (twice-weekly from 10NOV01, daily from 12JAN02 using A320), Belize (4/weekly from 09NOV02), Cancun (daily), Cozumel (weekly from 12JAN02 using 737-400), Freeport (daily from 02FEB02), Grand Cayman (daily from 15NOV00), La Romana (from 13DEC03). Montego Bay (daily), Nassau, Providenciales (4/weekly from 02NOV02), Punta Cana (4/weekly from 14DEC02), San Juan, St Maarten (weekends from 18NOV00), St Thomas.

Philadelphia to Antigua (Saturdays from 08DEC01), Aruba (daily from 12NOV00), Barbados (4/weekly from 03NOV01 using A320), Cancun, Freeport (from 15FEB03), Grand Cayman (weekly), Montego Bay, Nassau, Punta Cana (2/weekly from 09MAR03),San Juan, Santo Domingo (daily from 12NOV00 using A320), St Croix, St Kitts (weekly from 07DEC02), St Lucia Hewanorra (twice-weekly from 15DEC01), St Maarten (daily from 12NOV00 using A320), St Thomas.

Philadelphia to Charlotte and onto San Juan (daily).

Pittsburgh to Cancun (Saturdays from 18NOV00), San Juan (daily).

Pittsburgh to Charlotte and onto San Juan (daily).

Washingtons Dulles to San Juan.

New York LaGuardia to Aruba (from 12JUN04), Freeport (four-weekly from 01NOV01, now weekly), Nassau (daily from 09NOV00), St Thomas (from 12JUN04), Ft Lauderdale and onto Kingston.

Boston to Aruba (from 14FEB04), Cancun, Montego Bay (from 14FEB04), Nassau (from 14FEB03), San Juan (weekly from 15FEB03).

Ft Lauderdale to Cancun, Santo Domingo.

US Airways Express Airlines (US)

News

23AUG04 US Airways Express will operate new services from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to:

17AUG04 US Airways Express will operate from 18DEC04 a new nonstop Saturday service from Charlotte to George Town (GGT), Bahamas. Flights will be operated by PSA Airlines using the 70-seat Canadair Regional Jet 700. PSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways.

Destination

Miami to North Eleuthera (ELH) (daily).

West Palm Beach to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay (daily).

West Palm Beach to Marsh Harbour (Saturdays).

Charlotte to George Town (from 18DEC04).

USA 3000 Airlines (U5/GWY)

News

01MAR03 USA 3000 has pulled out of Santo Domingo by axeing its service from Newark this week. However, the airline has been expanding its scheduled Caribbean services with flights to Cancun and Punta Cana from Baltimore/Washington, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, with Punta Cana also being served from Cleveland and Newark.

01DEC02 USA 3000 has abandoned plans to operate Philadelphia-Santo Domingo, citing lower-than-expected bookings. Newark to Santo Domingo is still planned.

08NOV02 Charter carrier USA 3000 will inaugurate scheduled service to Santo Domingo using the Airbus A320-200. On 12DEC02, flights from Newark will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedules as follows:

U5 286 EWR 1735-2015 SDQ
U5 287 SDQ 2110-0200+1 EWR

On 17DEC02, flights from Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedules as follows:

U5 194 PHL 1610-2040 SDQ
U5 195 SDQ 2110-0200+1 PHL

Destinations

Baltimore/Washington to Cancun, Punta Cana

Cincinnati to Cancun, Punta Cana.

Cleveland to Punta Cana.

Newark to Punta Cana.

Philadelphia to Cancun, Punta Cana.

Varig (RG)

26JUN04 Varig will start a weekly service on 06JUL04 using the MD-11, routing will be Rio-Sao Paulo-Caracas-Aruba.

Destinations

Rio-Sao Paulo-Mexico City-Cancun (weekly using Boeing 777-200)

Rio-Sao Paulo-Caracas-Aruba (weekly using Boeing MD-11)

Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

27JUN05 Virgin Atlantic today launched direct services from London Gatwick to Nassau and Havana as part of the airline's expansion in the Caribbean. The services will operate twice weekly to Nassau from 4 July and to Havana from 7 July using 421-seat Boeing 747-400s. The aircraft have a configuration of 14 Upper Class seats, 58 Premium Economy and 379 Economy seats. The launch of these new routes will form part of a 27 per cent increase in capacity to the Caribbean for Virgin Atlantic this year.

The scheduled incumbents on the routes are British Airways from Heathrow to Nassau (five times a week) and CUBANA from Gatwick to Havana (twice weekly).

The airline will also launch a year-round service from Manchester to Barbados on 13 November, also operated by 747-400s. These will be Sunday flights and will complement the Gatwick flights to Barbados which operate every day except Sundays. And from 04DEC05-16APR06, the airline will add a Sunday flight from Garwick to Barbados, making it eight weekly flights to Barbados in the winter 2005/06 season.

Virgin Atlantic first began to operate to the Caribbean in 1998 with services to Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia and introduced flights between London and Grenada and Tobago in May 2003. Since 1998 the airline has flown over two million passengers between London and the Caribbean.

26JUL04 Virgin Atlantic will add a Thursday Gatwick-Tobago-Grenada service from 07JUL05 using the Boeing 747-400. The return will be the reverse routing. These flights will complement the existing Monday flights.

24MAR04 Virgin Atlantic plans to launch direct services from Gatwick to Cuba and The Bahamas as well as increasing its existing services to Grenada and Tobago from July 2005. The new services will operate twice a week to Havana in Cuba, starting from 21JUL05, and once a week to Nassau in The Bahamas, starting from 18JUL05. This will bring the airline's Caribbean destinations to seven and the total number of destinations to 25 by summer 2005. An additional service to Grenada and Tobago will double the airline's services to two per week to the islands following the launch of services May 2003. The services will form part of a 20 per cent increase in capacity to the Caribbean routes and will be operated by a Boeing 747-400.

Since Virgin Atlantic entered the Caribbean market in October 1998, it has carried approximately 1.4m passengers.

16JUN03 Virgin Atlantic will add a weekly flight from Gatwick to Barbados on Sunday 26OCT03, making it a daily service. The airline will therefore fly double-daily from Gatwick to the Caribbean as Antigua and St Lucia will both be served three times a week and Tobago/Grenada weekly. All flights are operated with the Boeing 747-400. This represents a big increase from the six weekly flights to Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua which the airline launcheded in October 1998.

14JUN03 Virgin Atlantic has abandoned its plans to operate a weekly Manchester-Barbados flight. Instead, only four flights will be operated on 28DEC03, 04JAN04, 28MAR04 and 11APR04. The aircraft will be Boeing 747-200s operated by Air Atlanta Europe.

09MAY03 Last Monday, Virgin Atlantic launched its weekly Gatwick-Tobago-Grenada service using its own "Tinker Belle" - a 439-seat Boeing 747-400 (28 Upper Class, 38 Premium Economy and 373 Economy). The airline said that this year it will bring 14,000 people on holiday to Tobago and that they will stay between a week and 10 days. The average revenue per passenger is £1,000 (US$1,600) to Tobago for hotels, transportation and excursions. When you multiply £1,000 by 14,000 visitors, Tobago's take would be £14,000,000 or US$22,472,000. On top of that, the airline employs people to look after its customers.

The majority of passengers are provided by tour operator Virgin Holidays. The operator offers packages to its customers that are fully inclusive and said that there is a great demand from its customers for vacations in Tobago. Virgin Holidays has a 47 per cent return rate for its customers every single year and they want to visit a new destination since they have been to Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia several times.

The airtline is getting marketing support of US$608,700 from both Tobago and Grenada. The Tobago House of Assembly regards this as money well spent.

19FEB03 Virgin Atlantic, which is scheduled to commence a weekly Gatwick-Tobago-Grenada service on 12MAY03, will operate Gatwick-Tobago-Gatwick only on 05MAY03 using one of its Boeing 747-400s. Subsequently, Air Atlanta Europe will operate the flights for Virgin using a Boeing 747-200.

04FEB03 Virgin Atlantic will increase capacity from Gatwick to both Barbados and St Lucia this November. From 11NOV03, the Tuesday service to Barbados which currently continues onto St Lucia will revert to a stopping service at Barbados, and a new, non-stop flight on that day will be added to St Lucia. This will make it three non-stops a week to St Lucia. All St Lucia flights from 11NOV03 will be operated by Air Atlanta Europe using the Boeing 747-200, as will the twice-weekly Gatwick-Antigua flights from 12NOV03. And from 11NOV03, Barbados will get a Sunday flight using the Boeing 747-400, making it a daily flight.

When Manchester-Barbados is launched on 14DEC03, it will be the airline's 14th weekly flight to the Caribbean.

04JAN03 As previously reported, Virgin Atlantic will operate a Sunday service from Manchester to Barbadodos. The launch date is 14DEC03, with flights operated by Air Atlanta Europe using the Boeing 747-200. Flight VS077 will depart Manchester at 1025, arriving Barbados at 1505. The return flight VS078 will depart 1925, arriving Manchester 0725 next day.

The on-board product will be the same as those on Air Atlanta's flights from Gatwick to Tobago and Grenada this May on behalf of Virgin, including the seatback IFE Matsushita 2000E "Odyssey" IFE system.

18SEP02 Virgin Atlantic will operate an extra flight from Gatwick to Barbados on Sundays from November 2003, making it a daily service on this route.

It may be useful to summarise the airline's plans. At the moment, there are from Gatwick five weekly flights to Barbados, with the Friday flight continuing onto Antigua and the Tuesday flight continuing onto St Lucia. There is also a weekly flight to both Antigua and St Lucia, making it a daily flight to the Caribbean. The extra flights which are known are:

This makes it 13 weekly flights to the Caribbean, leaving one weekly flight still to be announced.

12SEP02 From 12MAY03, Virgin Atlantic will offer a Monday service from Gatwick to Tobago and Grenada, with the return being the reverse routeing. No seats will be on sale between the two islands. Up to half the seats will be allocated for Grenada. Flights will be operated by Air Atlanta Europe using a 422-seat Boeing 747-200 retrieved from storage by Virgin and leased to Air Atlanta. The aircraft will be in full Virgin Atlantic livery with the full Virgin Atlantic product on board, including seatback IFE Matsushita 2000E "Odyssey" IFE system. The cabin configuration will be Upper Class (28 seats), Premium Economy Class (36) and Economy Class (358). In contrast, the cabin configuration of the 747-400s used on all the other Caribbean routes is 28/38/373.

28AUG02 In a correction to the previous news item, Virgin Atlantic will add a Saturday flight from Gatwick to St Lucia on 15FEB03 - which will change to a Friday flight from 02MAY03.

22AUG02 Virgin Atlantic plans to operate 14 weekly flights to the Caribbean and provide nearly 6,500 seats per week by winter 2003/4, a capacity increase of more than 110 percent. Currently, there is from Gatwick a year-round daily service and an additional weekly Barbados flight planned from 04DEC02. There will be a new weekly service from Gatwick to Tobago and Grenada in May 2003, a new weekly service from Manchester to Barbados in winter 2003/4 and an additional four weekly flights from Gatwick to Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua compared with winter 2002/3.

The flights to Tobago and then onto Grenada will depart on Monday mornings and will be operated by a Boeing 747. The airline said the new service meant a projected annual economic benefit to Tobago and Grenada of more than US$5 million in increased jobs, trade and tourism. It is currently awkward for Virgin Atlantic passengers to get to these islands as the airline will first fly them to Barbados for connecting flights on Caribbean Star and LIAT respectively. The current operators to these islands are British Airways and Monarch Airlines, also from Gatwick.

The Manchester flights, probably departing on Sundays, will compete with those of BWIA which recently launched a twice-weekly Manchester-Barbados-Port of Spain service.

St Lucia will get an extra Friday flight from 02MAY03, making it two non-stops and a one-stop (via Barbados) per week. Antigua will get an extra Saturday flight from 03MAY03 using the Boeing 747-400, making it two non-stops and a one-stop (via Barbados) per week. Barbados will retain its Wednesday flight, originally planned to by a wnter service terminating on 26MAR03. This means that the aurline will be flying to Barbados every day except Sundays from 04DEC02.

Virgin Atlantic launched its Caribbean service in October 1998 from Gatwick to Barbados, Antigua and Sts Lucia. By the end of 2002 the airline says that it will have flown over one million passengers on the Caribbean routes.

06JUL02 Virgin will add a sixth weekly flight from Gatwick to Barbados from Wednesday 04DEC02-26MAR03 using the Boeing 747-400. This will add almost 10,000 seats to the market for winter 2002/03 an increase of 22 per cent over last year.

13FEB02 Virgin will re-introduce a second weekly flight to Antigua from 19APR02 when the Friday Gatwick-Barbados flight will continue onto Antigua. Virgin does not have fifth freedom rights, so cannot carry revenue traffic solely between Barbados and Antigua.

28NOV01 Virgin will increase frequency on its London Gatwick to Barbados route by adding a 6th weekly flight from 19DEC01-09JAN02 on Wednesdays. As a result the airline will operate daily except Sundays during that period. Flights will be operated with Boeing 747-400s, in common with all its Caribbean flights. The cabin configuration is Upper Class (28 seats), Premium Economy Class (38) and Economy Class (373).

22JUL01 From 30OCT01, one of VS's five weekly flights to Barbados - the Tuesday flight - will be extended to St Lucia Hewanorra, thus adding to VS's existing dedicated Sunday flight to Hewanorra. It is not possible to make bookings on these flights between Barbados and St Lucia.

From 02NOV01, VS will add a Friday flight to Antigua, thus doubling its weekly frequency to this destination.

Destinations

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

London Gatwick to Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Havana (from 25JUL05), Nassau (from 21JUL05), St Lucia Hewanorra and Tobago.

Walkers International (XW)

Ft Lauderdale to Walkers Cay.

Charter

Abaco Air

Florida to Abaco and all destinations in The Bahamas.

Aeroejecutivos (SX)

Maiquetia to Los Roques.

Air 2000 (AMM)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2001/02 ex-UK schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

10NOV03 Air 2000, which is due to be rebranded First Choice Airways, will relaunch service to Aruba from May 2004 with a fortnightly charter from Gatwick. This follows the successful launch in May 2003 of a weekly service from Gatwick and Manchester which was shared with Porlamar. It is expected that the dedicated Aruba flights will result in 30 percent more traffic to the island. Air 2000 is not flying to Aruba during the 2003/04 winter season.

Prior to the Air 2000 service, most UK tourists to Aruba travelled with KLM via Amsterdam.

Air Canada (AC)

News

06NOV02

Air Canada will operate for Air Canada Vacations a weekly charter flight from Halifax to Barbados between 14FEB03-04APR03 using a 112-seat Airbus A319. These flights will complement the airline's scheduled service to Barbados from Toronto (daily) and from Montréal (weekly). Barbados has probably missed the Halifax flights which used to be operated by Canada 3000, which failed in November 2001.

From 23DEC02-31MAR03, the airline will also begin a new charter service on Mondays from Toronto to Grenada for Air Canada Vacations. The aircraft type is not know, but is likely to be the Airbus A319.

25MAY01

Charter Routes For Winter 2001/02 (Operated For Air Canada Vacations)

Montréal-Ciego De Avila: New weekly service starting 02NOV01, increasing to twice weekly service on 01DEC01

Toronto-Ciego De Avila: Continuation of weekly service launched on 06MAY01.

Toronto-Varadero: Continuation of weekly service launched on 06MAY01, increasing to twice weekly service on 03DEC01.

Toronto-Varadero: Continuation of weekly service launched on 05MAY01, increasing to three weekly flights on 04DEC01.

Air Charter Network

Private air charter service from US to the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands.

Air Europa (UX)

Madrid to Punta Cana.

Air Luxor (LK/LXR)

12JUL03 Air Luxor will today inaugurate a weekly charter from Lisbon to Antigua until 20SEP03 on behalf of Air Luxor Tours. The aircraft is an Airbus A330-200. This operation being carried out in collaboration with Antigua-based Caribbean Star, which will fly some tourists onto Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Kitts and Tortola, BVI. Today's flight will have 80 dignitaries and travel agents who are currently marketing the country in Portugal. In addition, there will also be journalists and holiday makers who have already been booked into some of the island's major hotels and will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the island and what Antigua & Barbuda has to offer them

Air Luxor Tours already carries touristst to Cuba and Dominican Republic, but is looking for destinations that Portuguese tourists have not usually visited.

Air Transat (TS)

Toronto to Antigua (up to April 2001), Cancun, Cayo Coco, Georgetown (up to October 2003), Holguín, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero.

Montréal Mirabel to Cancun, Cayo Coco, Holguín, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Varadero.

Calgary to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Varadero.

Vancouver to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Varadero.

Air Holland (HLN)

01OCT03 Air Holland will launch a weekly Amsterdam-Aruba-St Maarten-Amsterdam service from 10OCT03. The airline is looking to add a second weekly flight to Aruba in November and a third in December. Further planned expansion is a weekly flight to Paramaribo in November.

29JUN03 Air Holland plans to launch a thrice-weekly service tomorrow from Amsterdam to Curaçao using its 3-cabin, 215-seat Boeing 767-300ER. Flights will be non-stop on Mondays and Thursdays, whilst the Friday flights will be routed via St Maarten. The airline joins Dutch Caribbean and KLM on the route, both of which offers a daily flight.

After an extensive market study, the airline came up with three classes per aircraft. In the Budget class people pay only 500 guilders for a return trip, have a 15kg bagage allowance, do not get any service on board although they can still purchase food, drink and the right to bring more luggage. The Coach class costs 1,000 guilders, entitles passenges to a 35kb baggage allowance and includes complete service which is "more than the competition" claims the airline. The First class cabin costs 2,000 guilders and gives passengers 45kg of baggage allowance. There are 189 seats in the economy classes and 26 in First.

The airline is looking to expand its service to Aruba and Paramaribo.

AirStream Airline

South Florida executive charters and air ambulance to The Bahamas.

Allegro Airlines (LL/GRO)

Dallas/Ft Worth to Punta Cana (2/weekly) from 29MAY02 - for Funjet Vacations. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 727-200.

Bahamasair(UP)

Nassau to Havana (from 17OCT02).

Balair (BBB)

Zurich to Varadero and Cancun (weekly); to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (weekly). All flights operated with Boeing 767-300ERs.

Bel Air Transport

Ft Lauderdale to The Bahamas.

Bimini Island Air

Ft Lauderdale to South Bimini, The Bahamas.

Britannia Airways (BY)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

News

04MAY04 Britannia returned to Barbados last Sunday when its Boeing 767-300ER landed at Grantley Adams International from Manchester carrying 313 passengers. The airline had pulled out of Barbados in 2001 owing to a downturn in the Caribbean market at that time, but since then there had been an increase in demand and the present dollar rate was also favourable to British holiday-makers

Canada 3000 (CMM)

News

09NOV01 Canada 3000 abruptly ceased operations today.

Toronto to Antigua (25DEC00-30APR01), Aruba (12NOV00-27OCT01), Barbados (20DEC00-03APR01), Bonaire (25DEC00-02APR01), Camaguey, Cancun (11NOV00-27OCT01), Ciego de Avila (12NOV00-28OCT01), Cienfuegos, Cozumel (11NOV00-28APR01), Curaçao, Freeport, Grenada (18DEC00-03SEP01), Holguín (12NOV-28APR01), Kingston, La Romana (24DEC00-29APR01), Merida (26DEC00-17APR01), Montego Bay, Nassau, Port of Spain, Providenciales (25DEC00-23APR01), Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St Lucia Hewanorra, St Maarten, St Thomas (23DEC00-17MAR01), Tobago (weekly from 20DEC01 to May 2002 for Conquest Vacations), Treasure Cay (25DEC00-23APR01), Varadero.

Halifax to Camaguey, Cancun (15FEB01-26APR01), Ciego de Avila (12FEB01-30APR01), Cozumel, Manzanillo, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Varadero.

Edmonton to Cancun (11NOV00-27OCT01), Manzanillo (12NOV00-20APR01)

Calgary to Cancun (11NOV00-28OCT01), Cozumel (01JAN01-16APR01), Manzanillo (12NOV00-20APR01)

Vancouver to Cancun (11NOV00-28OCT01), Cozumel (01JAN01-16APR01), Manzanillo (12NOV00-20APR01)

Winnipeg to Cancun (20DEC00-04APR01), Santo Domingo

Montréal Mirabel to Cancun (23DEC00-07APR01)

Caribbean Air Service

Miami Opa-Locka to The Bahamas (Bimini, Chub Cay, Eleuthera, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, Walker's Cay, Treasure Cay), Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

Cherokee Air

Florida, especially Miami and West Palm Beach, to Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbour (main base) and other islands in The Bahamas.

Congo Air

Miami to Nassau, Freeport, Andros, Mangrove Cay, Ragged Island.

Continental Airlines (CO)

News

15NOV02 Continental will inaugurate weekend service from the US Northeast to Providenciales (Turks & Caicos) and St Lucia on behalf of Sandals Resorts from 12JAN03. The St Lucia flights will use George F L Charles in the north of the island - much closer to the three Sandals resorts than Hewanorra International, which is the more usual airport for intercontinental flights but is located in the south of the island. Schedules from Newark, New York Kennedy and Philadelphia as follows:

CO3011 EWR 1000-1340 PLS 1430-1800 EWR CO3012 (Sat)
CO3017 PHL 1210-1540 PLS 1530-2000 PHL CO3016 (Sat)
CO3015 JFK 0715-1035 PLS 1130-1455 JFK CO3014 (Sun)
CO3019 EWR 1100-1655 SLU 1740-2135 EWR CO3018 (Sun)

All flights will operate with a Boeing 737-800.

Corsair (SS)

Paris Orly to Fort de France, Point-à-Pitre, St Maarten.

Delta Air Lines (DL)

02NOV02 Delta's charter division recently signed a deal with New York travel agency Marazul Charters to operate Saturday-only roundtrip charter flights between New York Kennedy and Havana, Cuba, during December and January. Delta will operate the flights under the travel agency's license, as permitted by the U.S. government. Marazul will buy all the seats each week, and Delta is not allowed to sell or market the service. The Havana charters will be operated on a Delta Shuttle Boeing 737-800, available as a result of canceled Shuttle service on Saturdays when there is lower demand.

Dolphin Atlantic Airlines

Ft Lauderdale to The Bahamas.

DurchBird (5D/DBR)

12APR02 DutchBird, a charter carrier to the Mediterranean, will inaugurate service from Amsterdam to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on 23APR02. Flights will be operated with a Boeing 757-200 making a technical stopover in Halifax NS.

Execstar Aviation

Ft Lauderdale to The Bahamas.

Excel Airways (XLA)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

26JUL04 Excel Airways will add two weekly flights to the Caribbean this winter, both operated by the 266-seat Boeing 767-300ER. From 19NOV04, there will be a Gatwick-Manchester-Barbados-Manchester-Gatwick service on Fridays, and from 17DEC04 there will be a Gatwick-St Lucia-Antigua-Gatwick service on Tuesdays. These will be year-round flights and will complement the Grenada, Tobago and St Kitts flights which are already served year-round.

The aircraft will have three cabins: Excel One (24 seats), Premium (28) and Economy (214). To coincide with the launch of these new routes, the airline will remove 15 seats from the current economy cabins, thus providing a minimum seat pitch of 32-33 inches. This seat pitch is slightly better than that of scheduled carriers British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

16JUL04 Excel Airways is to introduce from Gatwick a Friday charter on behalf of tour operators Travel Box Direct and City Choice International to Santiago de Cuba (SCU) and onto Varadero (VRA) before returning direct to Gatwick. Flights will commence on 16JUL04 and will be operated by Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in a three class configuration. Local inbound operator Cubatur will provide all receptive services on the island, especially through specialised tourism, congress, conventions and incentive travel packages.

By November the service is expected to double as well as introducing San Juan and Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Also new is a Wednesday departure from Gatwick and Manchester to Porlamar, Venezuela, for First Choice Holidays and a Monday programme from Gatwick to the Dominican Republic for Thomas Cook and The Holiday Place.

14JUN03 Excel Airways, owned by the Libra Group and mainly known for its short-haul holiday charters, is to go into the long-haul Caribbean market. From the beginning of November 2003, in association with the tour operator Golden Caribbean, Excel will be introducing services between Gatwick and the islands of Grenada, Tobago and St Kitts using a 281-seat Boeing 767-300ER wet-leased from Air Atlanta Europe. AAE recently obtained its Air Operator's Certificate and an Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

On Thursdays, there will be a flight to Tobago; on Saturdays a flight to St Kitts which continues to Tobago; and on Sundays a flight to Grenada.

There will be a three class configuration: Excel One, Excel Premium Economy and economy. Excel One will feature a dedicated cabin of 24 club-style seats with a seat pitch of 45". It will be a proper firsr class operation with a baggage allowance of 40 kilos. The Excel Premium Economy service will offer a dedicated cabin with 28 seats providing a 34" seat pitch, 40 kilo baggage allowance, complimentary head sets, drinks, hot meals with a choice of entree and hot and cold towel service are among the benefits. The destinations are currently served by Monarch until the end of October.

Golden Caribbean reckons that the 767 is more suitable than the Airbus A330-200 of Monarch which has 374 seats (difficult to fill in the summer) and just two cabins. The target markets are ex-patriate and upmarket tour operators.

Florida Coastal Airlines

St Lucie County International Airport, near Vero Beach (VRB), to The Bahamas.

Fox Air International

Ft Lauderdale executive charters to The Bahamas.

Gulfstream International Airlines (3M)

02NOV01 From 01NOV01, Gulfstream began using a 124-seat Boeing 737-300 for double-daily charter flights between Miami and Havana. A weekly flight to Havana is planned from New York City. The aircraft is leased for 90 days from alliance partner Continental Airlines. Only people with permission from the US government can take the charter flights, including American journalists, humanitarian workers, academic researchers and some Cuban-Americans.

Gulfstream began charter flights from Miami to Cuba in October 1998.

Guyana Airways 2000 (GY)

Operated Toronto to Georgetown until grounded from 14MAY01.

Hooters Air (H1)

01NOV03 Hooters Air will launch an Atlanta-Myrtle Beach-Nassau charter service on 18DEC03. Flights will be daily except Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and operated by Pace Airlines using the Boeing 737. There will be two Hooters Girls in addition to three cabin crew on every flight.

Island Air Charters

Ft Lauderdale to South Bimini, Cat Cay.

Japan Airlines (JL) - for Cubanacan

Japan Airlines plans to operate two charter flights from Osaka Kansai to Havana in August 2001 due to strong demand from Japanese tour operators and travel agencies. In August 2000, JL operated the first direct flights from Japan to Cuba, flying four back-to-back charters carrying a total of 1,200 passengers. The 2000 charter program was arranged through Cubanacan, Cuba's national government tourism organisation. The flights in 2001 will again be operated by 350-seat, all-economy Boeing 747s. Total flight time for the journey, routed via Vancouver, is about 17 hours.

JMC Airlines (JMC) - previously Caledonian Airways

18MAR02 JMC will relaunch its summer flights from Gatwick to the Bahamas on 07MAY02 following the success on this route started in 2000. There will be a Wednesday flight to Grand Bahama and Nassau. Complementing this will be a new Manchester-Grand Bahama-Ciego de Avila flight on Saturdays from 01MAY02. JMC already flies to Ciego de Avila (in central Cuba) from Gatwick. All flights will be operated with the Airbus A330-200.

Monday, 2nd April 2001 JMC will axe all flights from Gatwick to the Eastern Caribbean after 04JUN01, citing high costs, replacement of their ageing fleet and restructuring of routes as the factors responsible for the sudden decision to terminate services to the islands. It had already been announced in 2000 that Antigua and St Lucia would be axed during summer 2001 (after April) due to the withdrawal of one of the airline's two DC-10-30s, but it was said that services would restart for Winter 2001/02 after the first of two Airbus A330-200s on order arrives in November 2001. However, the decision is to permanently halt all flights to the Eastern Caribbean, being the two aforementioned destinations plus (from early June) Barbados, Tobago, Grenada and St Kitts. The decision to axe these services reflects over-capacity in the marketplace with charter airlines (Britannia, MyTravel Airways, Air 2000 and Monarch) and scheduled airlines (British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and BWIA) also flying year-round from the UK to the Eastern Caribbean.

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

LAPA (MJ)

Buenos Aires to Aruba, Cancun, Margarita, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San Juan, St Maarten.

Lauda Air Italy (L4)

News

21DEC01 Lauda Air commenced a weekly 767-300ER charter flight on 19DEC01 from Milan Malpensa to Barbados and onto Santo Domingo, with the majority of the holidaymakers bound for Santo Domingo. The airline is no stranger to Santo Domingo having, for instance, started flights from Rome Fiumicino in December 1998. Another Dominican Republic destination is La Romana, whose new international airport welcomed its first charter flight - a Lauda Air 767-300ER - in December 2000 (flights are now operated three times a week).

Lauda Air had also, on 18DEC01, commenced a weekly 767-300ER charter flight from Milan Malpensa to Antigua. Other Caribbean destinations served by the airline are Havana (weekly), Jamaica and Cancun (2/weekly).

LB (7Z) - Previously Laker Airways (Bahamas)

Ft Lauderdale, Baltimore/Washington, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Hartford, St Louis, Raleigh/Durham and Richmond to Freeport.

Le Air

Nassau to all islands in The Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Santa Domingo.

Miami Air International (GL)

Miami to the Caribbean.

Monarch Airlines (MON)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedules

News

21NOV02 Monarch has sub-contracted JMC Airlines to operate six flights from Gatwick to Grenada and Tobago beginning this December. Furthermore, from 03MAY03, the airline will cut its Saturday flight on this route and replace it with Gatwick-St Kitts-Tobago. The Thursday Gatwick-Grenada-Tobago flight will continue.

This is good news for St Kitts which lost its Gatwick service when Caledonian pulled out of the eastern Caribbean in June 2001 and, more recently, when Air 2000 axed its flights from Gatwick and Manchester at the end of last summer. The island currently has no direct air link with the UK.

The reduction in the Grenada service was due to the Grenadians deciding to provide support for only one weekly Monarch flight and using the money to support Virgin Atlantic's launch of a weekly Gatwick-Tobago-Grenada flight next May. The reasons were more seats (up to half of Virgin Atlantic's 422 versus Monarch's 374) and higher profile.

12SEP02 The weekly Monarch flight from Gatwick to Barbados, which started only last July, terminated on 04SEP02.

20MAY02 Monarch will commence a weekly flight from Gatwick to Barbados and onto Port of Spain on 17JUL02. Neither of these destinations is currently served by the airline, although Monarch does fliy twice-weekly to Grenada and Tobago. The Barbados Tourism Authority is seeking to arrest the decline in visitors from Britain, its biggest source of visitors.

18MAR02 Following an agreement by the Grenadians and Tobagans to pay more for the service, Monarch will add a second weekly flight on Saturdays from Gatwick to Grenada and Tobago from 04MAY02. The same type of aircraft, the A330-200, will be used.

13DEC01 Monarch's weekly charter flight from Gatwick to Grenada and Tobago commenced today using the 384-seat Airbus A330-200 in a 51 Premium/323 Economy cabin configuration. There was a reception at Grenada's Pointe Salines International airport including a steel band and three government ministers. More than half of the passengers disembarked at Grenada, to the delight of the Grenadians, and the aircraft then took off for Tobago with about 150 passengers.

The charter flights had been poorly marketed in the UK as Tobago, which should have paid its half-share of the £514,300 (US$740,700) support costs for the flights by September, only did so by November. In both Tobago and Grenada, governments provided half the money and local businesses the other half. There is another government (St Vincent & The Grenadines) looking to be part of this deal to get tourists from Grenada to St Vincent, who could fly using airlines such as LIAT, Caribbean Star, SVG Air and Trans Island Air 2000.

The flights are planned until April 2001, and the Grenada and Tobago tourism authorities are looking for a year-round service and an increase in frequency.

MyTravel Airways (MYT)

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Summer 2002 UK-Caribbean schedule

North American Airlines (NA)

New York Kennedy to Tobago (weekly from 22DEC00) using a 210-seat Boeing 757-200 in collaboration with Travelspan Vacations of New York and AJM Tours of Trinidad & Tobago. Flights had been halted after winter 2000/01 but the weekly flight is due to restart on 29JUN01.

New York Kennedy to Aguadilla on Puerto Rico's West coast. The first flights will operate on 11JUN01 and 13JUN01 to accommodate the influx of visitors in New York to attend the annual Puerto Rico Parade. Thereafter flights will depart on Mondays and Saturdays through August 25. Departing from JFK's Terminal 4-E (the International Terminal) flights will be operated with new Boeing 757-200 ER and 737-800 NG aircraft with full passenger amenities, all leather seating and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems. In August 2001, the airline announced that the weekly flights would continue in the fall and winter seasons.

New York Kennedy to Santo Domingo, three times a week up to 19DEC01.

Pace Airlines (PC)

Cancun, Aruba, Jamaica, The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Punta Cana and Trinidad (from JFK for TravelSpan).

Pan American Airways (PN)

Pease International Tradeport (PSM) to St Maarten and St Kitts (from March 2000 on Saturdays) for TNT Vacations.

San Juan to Punta Cana (twice-weekly from 24MAY01) for Carlson Wagonlit Travel/Turavia and Barcelo Hotels

A weekly military charter for the Department of Defense which will originate at Norfolk Naval Air Station and travel to Jacksonville Naval Air Station and continue to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The flights, which will use the airline's reconfigured Boeing 727-200 aircraft, will begin in late May 2001.

Paris Air

Vero Beach (VRB), Florida, to The Bahamas.

Premiair (DK)

Stockholm-Oslo-Barbados fortnightly from 06NOV00-26FEB01 using Airbus A330-200.

Sandpiper Air

Ft Lauderdale to all points in The Bahamas.

Sky Limo

Ft Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) to The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and Havana.

Skyservice (SSV) - mainly for Sunquest

Toronto to Antigua (up to April 2001), Aruba, Barbados, Cancun, Ciego de Avila, Cozumel, Holguín, Montego Bay, Nassau, Porlamar, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo (flights to be moved to La Romana), San Andres, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Maarten, Varadero.

Ottowa to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana.

Thunder Bay to Cancun.

Sobelair (S3)

Brussels or Amasterdam to Bonaire, Cancun, Curaçao, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Sint Maarten, Varadero.

Southeast Airlines (SNK)

News

15NOV02 Southeast Airlines will begin operating regular charters on behalf of Apple Vacations from 20DEC02 through 30APR03. The following routes will be operated with MD-80 aircraft:

Monday:
Philadelphia, Newark and Baltimore/Washington to Nassau.

Cleveland, Pittsburg to Montego Bay.

Thursday:
Philadelphia, Newark, Cleveland and Baltimore/Washington to Punta Cana.

Friday:
Philadelphia, Newark and Baltimore/Washington to Nassau.

Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington, Newark to La Romana.

Cleveland, Pittsburg to Montego Bay.

Saturday:
Philadelphia, Newark, Cleveland and Baltimore/Washington to Aruba.

Sunday:
Philadelphia, Newark, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Hartford and Baltimore/Washington to Punta Cana.

Newark to Providenciales.

Sun Country Airlines (SY)

Minneapolis/St Paul to Aruba, Cancun, Montego Bay, St Maarten.

Sunshine Air Charter

Miami Opa-Locka and Fort Lauderdale to all Bahamian islands designated as "Port Of Entry" by the Bahamian Government.

Thomas Cook Airlines

Winter 2003/04 UK-Caribbean schedules

Winter 2002/03 UK-Caribbean schedules

Trans-Caribbean Air

Ft Lauderdale to The Bahamas.

Trans World Airlines (TW)

Boston to Bonaire (from 05JAN01), Kingston, Montego Bay (weekly from 06JAN01), Providenciales, Puerto Plata (weekly from 23DEC00-31MAY01) for GWV.

Newark to Freeport and Providenciales (from February 2001).

New York Kennedy and Newark to Cancun and Punta Cana (for Travel Impressions).

New York Kennedy to Freeport (Travel Impressions).

Twin Air

Ft Lauderdale to The Bahamas since 1984, uses Piper aircraft. Run by Athley Gamber.

USA 3000 Airlines (U5/GWY)

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Destinations

From Philadelphia, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, Pittsburgh, Hartford-Bradley to Antigua, Cancun, Punta Cana, St Lucia. Flights are operated on behalf of tour operators, especially Apple Vacations.

Vintage Props & Jets

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport to Bahamas, especially Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay.

Cargo

Arrow Air (JW)

Atlanta and Miami to San Juan.

Miami to Barbados, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, St Kitts.

San Juan to St Kitts, St Thomas, Tortola.

Blackhawk

Florida to Nassau and all destinations in The Bahamas.

Caicos Caribbean Airways (CG)

Miami to The Bahamas.

Carib-Air Cargo

Florida to The Bahamas, also carries passengers.

DHL Airways (ER)

Cincinnati and other US bases to Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, BVI, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Guyane, Haïti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St Barths, St Croix, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, USVI.

FedEx (FX)/Caribbean Transportation Services

Memphis and other US bases to Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, BVI, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Guyane, Haïti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St Barths, St Croix, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, USVI.

Fine Air (FB)

Miami to Port of Spain, St Lucia Hewanorra, St Maarten.

Jamaica Air Freighters (JAF)

Miami to Kingston, Jamaica, on an adhoc basis.

Laparkan Airways (L8)

Miami to Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, Trinidad.

Turks Air

Miami to Providenciales and other islands in The Turks & Caicos.

United Parcel Service (5X)

Louisville and other US bases to Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, BVI, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haïti, Jamaica, Monstserrat, Puerto Rico, St Croix, St Eustatius, St John, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Thomas, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, USVI.

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