Minister of Tourism & International Transport
As we look at our inbound airlift for 2014, we see a busy year for the RLB International Airport, with a 9% year-over-year increase in seat capacity as compared to last year. This increase is due mainly to the two additional Miami rotations, an additional three month summer Friday rotation (June 13 to September 5) from JFK and the addition of a daily Seaborne service from San Juan. However, as you are aware, the airlines monitor seasonal projected loads closely and periodically reduce service in times of lower demand.
In this regard, the network planning units of our airline partners have sent us the following list of flights from the USA to RLB International Airport which will be seasonalized over the coming months. These periodic seasonal reductions of service are in recognition of current market trends and traffic forecasts by the individual airlines over which we have little or no control. However resulting loss of business concerns, raised far enough in advance, may be addressed in some special cases.
American Airlines (JFK)
Wednesday – #1584 LV JFK 3:50 p.m. AR SKB 8:10 p.m. – on hiatus from May 7 to June 11 and from September 10 to November 6
Saturday – # 1584 LV JFK 3:50 p.m. AR SKB 8:10 p.m. – on hiatus from May 7 to June 11 and from September 16 to November 6
American Airlines ( Miami)
Thursday and Sunday – # 2460 LV MIA 5:00 p.m. AR SKB 7:40 p.m. – on hiatus May 8 to June 10, and from August 18 to November 5
Friday and Saturday – # 2460 LV MIA 5:00 p.m. AR SKB 7:40 – on hiatus August 18 to November 5
The Atlanta flight will be on hiatus from April 5 to October 25. (Connections from Atlanta available over San Juan on Seaborne)
The Charlotte flight will be on hiatus from September 6 to October 25. (Connections from Charlotte available over Miami)
American Airlines’ daily service over Miami, and Seaborne daily connecting service over San Juan will provide lift for the US market during the entire period.
Please be assured that the St. Kitts Tourism Authority is launching an aggressive campaign to support the current and new gateways offered by the incremental capacity. As always, I encourage our private sector to partner with the SKTA to ensure we fill all of the new seats to the island.
Minister of Tourism & International Transport &
Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Government of St. Kitts & Nevis