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New public television show guides viewers through unseen parts of the Caribbean

December 6, 2016
New public television show guides viewers through unseen parts of the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Caribbean 2020 Productions, in partnership with Mississippi Public Television, will debut a unique travel show called “Secrets of the Caribbean” in April 2017. The 13-episode first season will launch an in-depth exploration into one of the most popular tourist...

LIAT welcomes its tenth ATR aircraft

December 6, 2016
LIAT welcomes its tenth ATR aircraft ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT recently welcomed its tenth ATR72 aircraft at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua. The brand new 68-seater aircraft carrying the tail number V2-LIN, was piloted from Toulouse, France, by Captain Philemon Gunsam and First Officer Rawle Francis.

United Airlines starts service between Houston and Havana

December 5, 2016
United Airlines starts service between Houston and Havana HOUSTON, USA -- After months of planning and anticipation, the first flight from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Havana departed on Saturday, connecting Cuba to Texas' largest city and United's premier Latin American gateway. United will operate Saturday...

Delta returns to Cuba after 55-year hiatus

December 2, 2016
Delta returns to Cuba after 55-year hiatus HAVANA, Cuba -- Delta on Thursday began regularly scheduled passenger service with nonstop daily flights from the US to Cuba. Flights will depart from Miami, New York-JFK and Atlanta to Havana as the airline makes its return to the Cuban capital for the first time in 55 years.

Demand for direct travel to Cuba starts to grow as flights begin from US

December 2, 2016
Demand for direct travel to Cuba starts to grow as flights begin from US DALLAS, USA -- From the applications to fly direct into Cuba to the death of Fidel Castro, the island nation continues to capture headlines. An analysis of Cuba by Sabre, a leading technology provider to the travel industry, has revealed a shifting interest in travel to the country.

JetBlue launches historic first day of service between US and Havana

November 30, 2016
JetBlue launches historic first day of service between US and Havana NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue on Monday announced the historic launch of service to Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) from three of the airline’s focus cities, with the first flight taking off on Monday morning shortly after 9 am from New York’s John F. Kennedy International...

First commercial flight from the US to Havana in more than 50 years lands in Cuba

November 29, 2016
First commercial flight from the US to Havana in more than 50 years lands in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- An American Airlines 737 took off from Miami International Airport on Monday morning on the first regularly scheduled flight between Miami and the Cuban capital of Havana in more than half a century. “It’s a monumental day of great historic relevance with Miami being...

Honduras welcomes new direct flights from Europe

November 29, 2016
Honduras welcomes new direct flights from Europe TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Europeans looking for a quick Latin American adventure do not need to look any further as Air Europa announced a new direct fight from the Spanish capital of Madrid to the second largest Honduran city, San Pedro Sula. Now, waking up in the Plaza Mayor...

More than 100 million Chinese made outbound trips within first nine months of the year

November 29, 2016
More than 100 million Chinese made outbound trips within first nine months of the year HAMBURG, Germany -- In the first nine months of 2016, a total of 101.5 million border-crossings from Mainland China took place, the first time that the 100 million number was achieved within the first three quarters of a year. While 49.8 million -- fewer than half of the total number...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat

November 22, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued a zika virus travel notice for Montserrat. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika.

interCaribbean moves to 18 flights weekly between Puerto Rico and BVI

November 22, 2016
interCaribbean moves to 18 flights weekly between Puerto Rico and BVI TORTOLA, BVI -- interCaribbean Airways has announced a major increase in air service between San Juan and Tortola to commence double daily services effective from December 19, 2016, and triple daily four times a week. The new morning and afternoon services give the...

LIAT cancels Nevis service

November 19, 2016
LIAT cancels Nevis service BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It would probably be a fair assessment to suggest that Nevis is being seen by LIAT as one of the airline’s non-profitable destinations, resulting in a cancellation of its service to the island. WINN FM asked Greg Phillip, the chief executive officer of the Nevis...

KLM suspends codeshare agreement with Curacao airline

November 18, 2016
KLM suspends codeshare agreement with Curacao airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch airline KLM has suspended its codeshare agreement with Curacao carrier InselAir. This was announced by a spokeswoman for the company on the website Up in the Sky. KLM is doing this because of operational problems at the Curacao airline.

Promoting Caribbean tourism and health in a global market

November 16, 2016
Promoting Caribbean tourism and health in a global market LONDON, England -- The Caribbean as a tourist destination took centre stage at the World Travel Market, the largest gathering of global tourism stakeholders. Highlighting the work of its tourism and health programme, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) became the...

Southwest Airlines begins Cuba service nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero

November 15, 2016
Southwest Airlines begins Cuba service nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines on Sunday inaugurated service between South Florida and Cuba with the scheduled 11:00 am EST departure of Southwest Flight 3914 to Varadero (VRA) from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). A total of 143 passengers and...

interCaribbean Airways increases airlift from Antigua to Tortola

November 12, 2016
interCaribbean Airways increases airlift from Antigua to Tortola ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Turks and Caicos Islands-based passenger carrier interCaribbean Airways will increase service connecting Antigua (ANU) and Tortola (EIS) beginning November 14, 2016.  As part of the winter schedule, the airline will increase connectivity between both islands...

JetBlue continues to grow Cuba presence with new service to Holguin

November 12, 2016
JetBlue continues to grow Cuba presence with new service to Holguin NEW YORK, USA – JetBlue has announced the start of new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Holguín’s Frank País Airport (HOG) in Cuba. Holguín becomes the third city served in Cuba from the airline’s south Florida focus city.

Jamaican cabinet approves plan to boost arrivals from Canada

November 11, 2016
Jamaican cabinet approves plan to boost arrivals from Canada KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaican Cabinet has given approval for the implementation of a rescue plan for the Canadian tourism market. The objective is to increase arrivals to the island from Canada for the 2016/2017 winter season, which starts in December. Minister of education...

End of leniency period for electronic travel authorization for travellers to Canada

November 9, 2016
End of leniency period for electronic travel authorization for travellers to Canada OTTAWA, Canada -- The government of Canada has reminded travellers to get the appropriate travel documents before booking a flight to Canada. Starting November 10, 2016, visa-exempt travellers (except US citizens) will need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to board...

Passengers condemn LIAT flight delays and disruptions

November 8, 2016
Passengers condemn LIAT flight delays and disruptions BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- From all reports they enjoyed Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival and the independence celebrations generally, and were eager to get back to their diasporan base. In Isabella Isaac’s case, home was Atlanta, Georgia, and the first leg of the...

Airbnb and Aruba sign historic, tourism agreement

November 8, 2016
Airbnb and Aruba sign historic, tourism agreement ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- On Monday in Aruba, the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, signed an agreement that will position Aruba as a regional leader in the sharing economy and help to promote more tourism to the island.

Direct commercial flights commence from US to Santiago de Cuba

November 5, 2016
Direct commercial flights commence from US to Santiago de Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Flight 098 of US airline Silver Airways landed on Thursday in Santiago de Cuba with 34 people onboard to open the eastern Cuba city to direct commercial flights from the United States. The aircraft, a small Saab 340-B, arrived to the traditional water cannon baptism.

JetBlue lands in Camaguey, Cuba, expanding service from South Florida

November 4, 2016
JetBlue lands in Camaguey, Cuba, expanding service from South Florida NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue on Thursday expanded its service to Cuba, operating the airline’s first flight to Camagüey’s Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW). With daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Camagüey becomes the second city served...

Turks and Caicos airline boosts regional connectivity

November 4, 2016
Turks and Caicos airline boosts regional connectivity PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- With its new enhanced winter timetable, interCaribbean Airways substantially boosts regional connectivity and convenience via its fast-growing hub at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). "Both the passenger's connecting experience...

Barbados tourism maintains healthy indicators

November 1, 2016
Barbados tourism maintains healthy indicators BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- By all indicators, tourism in Barbados is keeping pace with industry projections and contributing to necessary economic growth on the island. In the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) quarterly exit survey for the period January – June 2016, spending by...

LIAT flight attendants call on management to accept responsibility for issues plaguing the airline

October 31, 2016
LIAT flight attendants call on management to accept responsibility for issues plaguing the airline ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Leeward Islands Flight Attendant Association (LIFAA) said it views the press release issued by LIAT’s management on October 25, 2016, as unfortunate and misleading, when acting CEO Julie Reifer-Jones maintained that the airline has sufficient crew to operate.

Suriname-based Fly Allways faces uncertain future

October 28, 2016
Suriname-based Fly Allways faces uncertain future PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Start up Suriname-based airline, Fly Allways, following years of setback towards certification to fly, apparently now faces dark skies ahead. With creditors awaiting payments, poor payloads, and one of its two Fokker 70 aircraft being used as a source of spare...

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