The Tourism Authority of Antigua and Barbuda was delighted to announce the increase of regional airlift to the twin-island nation ahead of the Antigua Carnival – the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival 2023, which is slated to be held from July 27 to August 8, 2023.
This popular Caribbean destination has got more airlift with the regional carrier Caribbean Airlines between Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda. The airline operates four flights weekly to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from Piarco International Airport, Trinidad. This signifies an increase from the last two weekly flights.
Caribbean Airlines have also launched new routes connecting St Kitts, Antigua, Antigua, and Dominica. This direct service between St Kitts and Antigua will be available on Mondays as well as Fridays, with the inaugural flight set to take place on July 24, 2023.
Notably, the Commonwealth of Dominica service is expected to start in August. Furthermore, the tourism authority announced that the tour operator Navitour will operate a charter flight into Antigua from Guadeloupe on August 5, enabling travellers from the French territory to participate in Antigua’s Carnival celebrations.
The CEO of the Antigua Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C James, said that the island nation has been experiencing strong demand for Antigua and Barbuda. With improved seat capacity, it is now easier for the neighbours in the Caribbean to fly to the nation.
Also, Charmaine Spencer, the Director of Tourism for the Caribbean and Latin America Market, added that in addition to extra flights out of St Kitts, Trinidad, Dominica and Guadeloupe, the island is benefitting from additional sealift with the comeback of the Jeans for Freedom ferry service from Guadeloupe this year.
The latest trip of this ferry to Antigua was on July 7, bringing more than 400 passengers to the island. The Tourism Authority of Antigua and Barbuda has been on a promotional drive before the carnival celebrations, attracting carnival lovers in the Caribbean to travel to the island nation during the two weeks of Carnival.