In a major boost to the Caribbean real estate sector, tourism sector and the region’s wider economy, several airlines have resumed normal service to the Caribbean while governments have announced plans to reopen, rebuild and expand airports in several destinations.
British Airways Resumes Normal Service to the Caribbean
Having been suspended due to the disruption caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, all British Airways flights to destinations across the Caribbean are now operating as normal. According to a spokesperson for British Airways, “Our flights are back to normal between the Caribbean and London.”
British Airways is a key partner for many Caribbean destinations and operates flights from the UK to locations including Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
St Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport to Reopen
Separately, St Maarten‘s Minister of Tourism has confirmed that Princess Juliana International Airport will reopen later this month. While repair work required due to the damage caused by by Hurricane Irma is expected to take another 35 weeks, Dutch airline KLM will resume its twice weekly service from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to St Maarten on 29th October 2017.
KLM to Add Additional Flights to Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao
In total KLM plans to operate a total of 12 flights per week between Amsterdam and Curacao.
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were unaffected by the hurricanes.
Winair to Resume Flights to Saba, Statia, St Barts & St Kitts
Anguilla to Expand Airport
The island of Anguilla, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, has revealed plans for the expansion of the airport.
Anguilla’s Chief Minister Victor Banks has announced plans to extend the runway of Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) to accommodate larger aircraft which will enable the island to facilitate access to Anguilla.
Reconstruction work is proceeding at a rapid pace: Phone and internet communications have been restored, roads and beaches have been cleared, stores and restaurants have reopened, many power lines have been restored and architectural plans have been commissioned for the design and construction of the Blowing Point ferry terminal.
Tradewind Aviation Resumes Flights from San Juan to St Barts
Flights between San Juan and St Barts recommenced on 3rd October.