American Airlines on Wednesday announced a weekly year-round flight from Miami to Argyle International Airport, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, among increased flights to other Caribbean destinations and Hawaii.
The airline said that with the new flight options, beginning Dec. 22, its customers will have “new options to escape the cold with more seasonal and year-round flights to the Caribbean and Hawaii starting this winter”.
“American is the first U.S. carrier to serve St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVD) with the introduction of year-round Saturday service from MIA,” the airline said.
Currently, Caribbean Airlines operates a weekly non-stop scheduled service from JFK International and Air Canada Rouge a weekly non-stop scheduled autumn/winter service from Pearson International, Canada.
There is also a chartered Sunwing service being operated out of Pearson for the Spring/Summer period.
It further said that its “sun-seeking customers will also have more opportunities to reach their favorite Caribbean destinations”, including new flights to Aruba, Grand Cayman, The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos.
There will be increased flights to other Caribbean destinations, including Barbados and Trinidad.
The flights to St. Vincent will be operated using the airlines A319.
American Airlines’ website said the carrier operates two versions of the A319, each of which has 128 seats — eight in first class, 24 in main cabin extra, and 96 in main cabin.
As with all the other flights announced on Wednesday, tickets to St. Vincent will go on sale on May 14, but, unlike the other destinations, in the case of St. Vincent, that date is subject to change.
Meanwhile, in a separate press statement quoting the American Airlines release, CEO of the SVG Tourism Authority, Glen Beache, expressed his elation with the announcement from American Airlines.
Beache said that “to have direct service out of Miami is a game changer for the country (St. Vincent).
“This service will make it so much easier for visitors including the diaspora to vacation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
He further said that with Miami being one of the main hubs for connections in the United States, the service will be “an excellent gateway for visitors from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and even the United Kingdom to access the beauty that is St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
In 2017, the North American market accounted for 42 per cent of stay over visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The American Airline scheduled non-stop service from Miami gives visitors and Vincentians another option to travel directly to and from the destination, the Tourism Authority said.