St Maarten-based carrier flights to Antigua and BVI

Caribbean airline WINAIR is embarking on a major expansion push, the carrier announced this week.

In its initial push, the St Maarten-based carrier has announced plans to increase frequency of flights to St Kitts, Nevis and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

The company is also adding two new destinations to its network: San Juan and Antigua.

The company additionally announced the acquisition of a fifth DHC-6-300 aircraft “which will expand our fleet and charter business within the north-eastern Caribbean,” the company said in a statement.

WINAIR’s Tortola flights will resume daily operation Dec. 15, with the addition of a midday flight and a total of six frequencies per week.

The St Kitts and Nevis flights will mean splitting St Kitts and Nevis flights to single direct flights, operating five times weekly and operating two days a week as combined flights, both of which will begin Nov. 30.

In December, WINAIR will add a daily midday frequency from St Maarten to St Kitts and Nevis.

Beginning Nov, 28, WINAIR and its partner, Air Antilles, will launch service to San Juan on ATR-500 aircraft; St Maarten-Antigua flights will launch begin with daily service, seven days a week starting Dec. 15.

JetBlue Launches Sales for New York-Antigua Flights

JetBlue Airways has announced that its new nonstop service between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport is now out for sale.

Beginning Nov. 5, Antigua will become JetBlue’s 92nd city, with thrice-weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

“As our 35th destination in the Latin American and Caribbean region, Antigua offers another opportunity to grow our network in high-value geographies and strengthen JetBlue’s positions as the leading brand for Caribbean travel,” said Umang Gupta, director of JetBlue Getaways and leisure sales.

JetBlue Getaways will also be offering packages that include flights, hotels, car rentals, and other amenities and activities for travelers to Antigua, the company said.

“We are absolutely delighted that we are now able to offer visitors to Antigua and Barbuda even more convenient routes for getting to our destination,” said Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister Asot Michael.

Jet Blue Airways introduce non-stop service from JFK to Antigua and Barbuda

Today is a good day.

Today is a good day because all signs point to 2015 as being a landmark year for Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism. As the primary engine of growth for our nation’s economy, our tourism industry is vital, dynamic and evolving. The intense negotiations, and planning over the last several months has brought us to this point where we can now celebrate another first in Aviation for Antigua and Barbuda.

Read the full press release here.