Department Of Tourism To Implement “10 Point Plan” Designed To Stimulate Winter Demand

Return of non-stop service represents year-over-year growth in air capacity for winter

St. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, October 30, 2008 – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism announces the return of non-stop flight service to St. Thomas via US Airways from two of the destination’s key mainland markets – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina – representing an overall increase in air service to St. Thomas this winter season compared to the same period last year.

Led by the Department of Tourism and Virgin Islands Port Authority, the public/private sector committee formed by Governor John de Jongh has worked closely over the past six months to meet with existing and potential airline carriers and strategize joint initiatives to address announced service reductions across the airline industry. In June 2008, planned flight reductions represented a 31 percent decrease in air capacity for the Territory. St. Thomas will now see a 3 percent year-over-year increase in air capacity. Efforts to restore service to St. Croix have been similarly successful, with all but 9 percent of proposed reductions restored.

“In these daunting economic times, the return of service from US Airways illustrates the continued strong demand for airlift to the USVI,” noted Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “Thanks to this show of support from US Airways and the continued support of our existing airline partners, air capacity to St. Thomas has increased more than 3 percent, by 571 seats, since May.”

The announcement of additional non-stop daily and weekly service from Philadelphia and Charlotte this winter adds to the existing air capacity to the Territory from these key markets, and complements an already comprehensive roster of North American gateway markets offering convenient same-day airlift to the USVI. Round-trip, same-day service is also available to St. Thomas from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York, San Juan and Washington, D.C.; and to St. Croix from Atlanta, Miami and San Juan.

From December 18, 2008, through January 3, 2009, US Airways will offer an additional non-stop daily flight to St. Thomas from Philadelphia and another from Charlotte, North Carolina as well as an additional weekly non-stop flight to the island from both cities.

 

 

SERVICE FROM PHILADELPHIA

Additional daily service from Philadelphia International Airport:

The departing flight (US Airways #1012) leaves Philadelphia each day at 10:00 a.m., and arrives in St. Thomas at 2:45 p.m.

The return flight (US Airways #1018) departs St. Thomas everyday at 4:00 p.m., and arrives in Philadelphia at 7:07 p.m. (Effective November 20)

 

Additional weekly (Saturdays only) service from Philadelphia International Airport:

The departing flight (US Airways #1232) leaves Philadelphia at 7:35 a.m., and arrives in St. Thomas at 12:27 p.m.

The return flight (US Airways #1283) departs St. Thomas at 1:30 p.m., and arrives in Philadelphia at 4:34 p.m.

 

SERVICE FROM CHARLOTTE

Additional daily service from Douglas International Airport: (Effective November 20)

The departing flight (US Airways #1040) leaves Charlotte everyday at 11:40 a.m., and arrives in St. Thomas at 4:11 p.m. Effective Nov. 20

The return flight (US Airways #1041) departs St. Thomas each day at 5:30 p.m., and arrives in Charlotte at 8:17 p.m.

 

Additional weekly (Saturdays only) service from Douglas International Airport: (Effective November 20)

The departing flight (US Airways #1187) leaves Charlotte at 9:45 a.m., and arrives in St. Thomas at 2:13 p.m.

The return flight (US Airways #1188) departs St. Thomas at 3:30 p.m., and arrives in Charlotte at 6:16 p.m.

 

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel-including on-line check-in-making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.