Regional airlift to the island has been ramped up ahead of Carnival; the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Carnival celebrations are scheduled for July 27 and August 08.
More airlifts have been secured according to the Ministry of Tourism which said that Caribbean Airlines will have increased flights between Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago.
“Caribbean Airlines is presently operating four flights per week to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport, on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport. This is an increase from the previous two weekly flights,” the Ministry of Tourism said.
Additionally, Caribbean Airlines have also introduced new routes connecting Antigua and St. Kitts, and Antigua and Dominica.
“The direct service between Antigua and St. Kitts will be available on Mondays and Fridays, with the inaugural flight set to take place on July 24, 2023. Service from Dominica is expected to begin in August” the statement added.
In addition to air transportation, there will also be a significant increase in sea arrivals as well.
The Tourism Authority further announced that tour operator Navitour will operate a charter flight into Antigua from Guadeloupe on August 5th, allowing travelers from the French territory to be a part of Antigua’s Carnival celebrations.
Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin James said the destination has been experiencing strong demand for Antigua and Barbuda.
“With increased seat capacity it is now easier for our neighbors in the Caribbean to fly to Antigua and Barbuda”, James said
Meanwhile, Director of Tourism for the Caribbean and Latin America Market, Charmaine Spencer said in addition to extra flights out of Trinidad, St. Kitts, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, an additional sealift with the return of the ‘Jeans for Freedom’ chartered ferry service from Guadeloupe this year will also be added
On July 7, the Jeans for Freedom Ferry’s latest trip to Antigua brought over four hundred passengers to the destination.