ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Air Antilles Express inaugurated a bi-weekly service into Antigua and Barbuda on December 19, 2013. Flight number 3S250, will fly into the V.C Bird International Airport (ANU), every Monday and Thursday out of Point-a-Pitre (PTP) for a short 20-minute direct service into Antigua. The flight departs Guadeloupe at 4:30 pm and arrives in Antigua at 4:50 pm and then flight number 3S251 returns to Guadeloupe at 5:10 pm.
The Air Antilles Express flight is a code share agreement with Corsair, which originates from Paris, France, with non-stop service into Guadeloupe, and is on the ground for about an hour and a half before departing to Antigua. The Corsair and Air Antilles service is a partnership with Promo Sejours, a French tour operator that has started to sell the destination from this winter.
This new flight will provide Antigua and Barbuda with alternative connection options to and from Guadeloupe, and the flight will be operated with a 48 seat ATR-42, with 30 seats allocated to the tour operator, leaving 18 seats on open sale.
This provides an opportunity for enhanced connectivity into European target markets.
Marketing manager of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Charmaine Spencer, said, “We have seen great potential to grow the number of visitors from Guadeloupe; however, it has been difficult to develop this market due to inconsistent access and expensive connections to the destination. The introduction of an alternative airline at a reduced cost should result in an increase in exchanges between the two islands over the next few months. Although the flight is only scheduled at present for the winter season, the aim is to create enough demand for Air Antilles Express to continue the service through the summer.”
John Maginley, minister of tourism and civil aviation, noted, “Any new airlift into the destination, especially within the Caribbean, with onward connectivity to our key source markets is always desirable and displays continued interest in our tourism product throughout the International community.”
This commencement of this new airlift follows marketing and promotion of the destination at the first Salon du Voyages Trade and Consumer Travel Show, in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, which took place from November 22 to 24, 2013. The travel and trade fair welcomed thousands of consumers through its doors throughout the entire weekend.
Antigua and Barbuda tourism partners had a successful showcasing of the destination, with the goal of re-introducing the destination to the French Antilles market, as well as to support the new airlift from Air Antilles Express originating out of Guadeloupe to Antigua.