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Seaborne and JetBlue to become codeshare partners across the Caribbean

May 27, 2015
Seaborne and JetBlue to become codeshare partners across the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue Airways, the largest carrier in San Juan, have finalized terms to begin a codeshare marketing relationship, expanding upon the carriers' successful interline agreement in place since 2013. The codeshare will help facilitate improved...

Charter airline to provide daily service to Cuba

May 25, 2015
Charter airline to provide daily service to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Eastern Air Lines Group and HavanaAir Charters have signed an agreement to support HavanaAir's charter operations to Cuba. HavanaAir is the largest provider of passenger traffic to the island, currently operating 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to...

Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey

May 23, 2015
Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- The move to normalize relations with Cuba will have a direct impact on Americans seeking to vacation legally on the island nation – just as they can in other parts of the Caribbean or Mexico. However, in the newest Travel Leaders Group travel survey, a mere 8.8% of those polled...

CDB launches study on regional air travel

May 22, 2015
CDB launches study on regional air travel BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A study commissioned by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has recommended a major rethink of the regional airline industry and for the setting up of a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) airlines association to identify opportunities to reduce costs, create greater...

Grenada looks to attract female travellers

May 22, 2015
Grenada looks to attract female travellers ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The warm islands of Grenada will soon become the destination of choice for many female travellers as the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) launches its ‘Grenada Girls Getaway’ promotion. The seven-month promotional strategy that starts on 1st June 2015 offers...

St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium

May 16, 2015
St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium CASTRIES, St Lucia -- From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences.

Southwest Airlines announces date for Houston-Belize flight

May 16, 2015
Southwest Airlines announces date for Houston-Belize flight BELIZE CITY, Belize -- On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines held a press conference in Houston, Texas, where the CEO of the airline, Garry Kelly, announced that the daily, direct flights to Belize, Mexico and Costa Rica will begin on October 15, as well as Jamaica and Liberia beginning November 1.

JetBlue test flight touches down in Grenada

May 15, 2015
JetBlue test flight touches down in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- At exactly 11:02 am on Tuesday, a JetBlue Airbus A320 touched down in Grenada, successfully completing its test flight to the newest Caribbean destination on its itinerary. The flight, carrying several airline officials, was a forerunner to its inaugural trip on June 11.

High winds continue to affect some LIAT flights

May 13, 2015
High winds continue to affect some LIAT flights ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prevailing seasonal high winds continue to affect some LIAT flights, particularly in Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The current conditions are likely to continue through until mid-June. Customers travelling to/from both countries are advised of the possibility of cancelled...

Bahamas stunning from all angles, including 220 miles above

May 13, 2015
Bahamas stunning from all angles, including 220 miles above NASSAU, Bahamas -- Forty-six years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin shared the first photograph from the Moon to Earth, astronaut Scott Kelly is documenting his year in space with photos on Twitter. At the time, Buzz Aldrin’s photos were considered to be...

Shipping company requests US permission to start ferry operations to Cuba

May 13, 2015
Shipping company requests US permission to start ferry operations to Cuba FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Balearia has requested a licence to operate between the US and Cuba from the US Treasury Department, after the announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the...

Caribbean Airlines announces 'Love Has No Distance' winner

May 11, 2015
Caribbean Airlines announces 'Love Has No Distance' winner PIARCO, Trinidad -- Caribbean Airlines has announced that Tandieka Stephens has won its “Love Has No Distance” competition. The competition was part of Caribbean Airlines’ social media campaign, where a lucky customer could win a trip home for Mother’s Day courtesy the airline. To be part of the...

LIAT to cut staff

May 9, 2015
LIAT to cut staff BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Regional airline LIAT has signaled that it is now ready to reduce its workforce. According to media reports, eligible employees are being asked to apply for voluntary separation or early retirement packages to avoid being made redundant. The company said this...

Flights to Havana, Cuba from Baltimore-Washington to start September 30

May 8, 2015
Flights to Havana, Cuba from Baltimore-Washington to start September 30 TAMPA, USA -- On September 30, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport will begin the first-ever non-stop service from Baltimore/Washington DC to Havana, Cuba, with twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The service will be offered by Island Travel & Tours Ltd (ITT). The 3¼ hour flight...

Licence granted for Florida-Cuba ferry service

May 7, 2015
Licence granted for Florida-Cuba ferry service MIAMI, USA -- United Caribbean Lines (UCL) has been granted a licence to operate ferry services between the US and Cuba by the US Department of the Treasury. Commenting on the licence, Alexander Panagopulos, chairman of UCL said: “I am thrilled that United Caribbean Lines is going to participate...

Ultra low cost Mexican airline announces flights to Puerto Rico

May 7, 2015
Ultra low cost Mexican airline announces flights to Puerto Rico MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Volaris, the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, as part of its active expansion plan has announced the introduction of new international service from Cancun, Quintana Roo, to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico.

New weekly flight to Havana from Orlando starts July 8

May 6, 2015
New weekly flight to Havana from Orlando starts July 8 ORLANDO, USA -- On July 8, Island Travel & Tours Ltd will begin a new non-stop service between Orlando, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, with two flights a week, one each on Wednesdays and Sundays. Orlando is the entertainment capital of the southeast and a popular destination for Americans.

JetBlue expands Caribbean network by adding service to Antigua and Barbados

May 5, 2015
JetBlue expands Caribbean network by adding service to Antigua and Barbados NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline operating to the Caribbean, on Monday announced its continued expansion in the region as it filed an intent to serve Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

InselAir to launch service to Havana

May 5, 2015
InselAir to launch service to Havana WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Starting July 3, 2015, InselAir, the largest Caribbean-based carrier, will start two flights per week, on Monday and Friday, to Havana, its 23rd destination. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office, via InselAir’s Contact Center and via local travel agents.

JetBlue joins WICB as partner for international cricket

May 4, 2015
JetBlue joins WICB as partner for international cricket BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced a new sponsorship and partnership deal with JetBlue Airways. The New York-based airline is the official partner for the 2015 Series of International Cricket. The season of international cricket will feature three Tests...

InselAir adds Puerto Rico to its destinations

May 2, 2015
InselAir adds Puerto Rico to its destinations WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir has introduced another destination to its network. Starting July 2, InselAir takes you from Curacao, via its hub on Aruba, to San Juan in Puerto Rico on Thursday and Sunday. InselAir now serves 22 destinations and offers passengers the largest network in the Caribbean.

Vamonos: Americans can't wait to get to Cuba

May 2, 2015
Vamonos: Americans can't wait to get to Cuba SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Airbnb, the world's leading community driven hospitality company, has announced the results of a poll completed with YouGov showing that the gradual easing of travel restrictions is making Cuba a more attractive travel destination for Americans. Thirty percent of US adults...

A new tourism era begins in the BVI

May 1, 2015
A new tourism era begins in the BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- A new beginning for the tourism industry in the British Virgin Islands was declared on Wednesday, as the newly expanded cruise pier was officially opened. On Wednesday morning at 7:30 am, the Norwegian Getaway made its inaugural call to the Port of Road Town.

Alaska Airlines adds new flights from Los Angeles to Costa Rica

May 1, 2015
Alaska Airlines adds new flights from Los Angeles to Costa Rica SEATTLE, USA -- Alaska Airlines will chart new territory this fall when it adds new service between Los Angeles and Costa Rica's two major international airports, further strengthening its southern California focus city. The eight weekly flights from Los Angeles to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste...

Key stakeholders agree on action plan to improve OECS intra-regional travel

April 29, 2015
Key stakeholders agree on action plan to improve OECS intra-regional travel CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Tourism and civil aviation officials, airline representatives and regulators, as well as regional and international organisations, assembled in Antigua and Barbuda on April 22 to discuss and validate the findings emerging from a study commissioned by the OECS.

Jamaica welcomes Spanish hotel chain

April 27, 2015
Jamaica welcomes Spanish hotel chain KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has welcomed the entry into the Jamaica’s tourism market of the largest Spanish hotel chain, Melia Hotels and Resorts. The company has signed a 15-year lease agreement with the government.

Puerto Rico attracts four new international services from Norwegian

April 25, 2015
Puerto Rico attracts four new international services from Norwegian MANCHESTER, England -- Norwegian is launching in November 2015 new non-stop services from Puerto Rico to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and London. The airline will be operating to London Gatwick Airport twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) and weekly services to Copenhagen.

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