A new airline, offering a direct service between St Lucia and Dominica, three times a week, has started operations, with St Lucia’s tourism Minister Dominic Fedee hoping that it provides more opportunities for the travelling public.
“We look forward to the opportunities that this flight allows, which connects us to even more gateways across the Caribbean,” Fedee said after InterCaribbean Airways made its inaugural flight into the George FL Charles Airport on Thursday from Dominica.
Chairman of the new airline, Lyndon Gardiner, said it is hoped the carrier will be able to connect the entire Caribbean in the future.
“We feel that once we have better air connectivity we will be able to have better integration and be able to market the Caribbean as a single destination, offering more multi-destination vacations in our region,” he said.
The airline uses the 30-seater Embraer EMB120 aircraft for the St. Lucia-Dominica route on Sunday, Monday and Thursday from the Douglas-Charles Airport while departing from St Lucia on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
The service provides onward connections to the northern Caribbean including the British Virgin Islands, as well as Cuba with an additional direct service to St Croix commencing on April 12. Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are to be added to the roster.
The new InterCaribbean Airways flights allow for travellers to make two-stop connections to Kingston, Jamaica and Nassau, Bahamas.
“Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean,” InterCaribbean said in a recently issued release.