U.S. Virgin Islands Announces Incentives For Airline Service To St. Croix

VIPA and DOT team up to support existing carriers and entice new air service

ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, February 4, 2008 – In an effort to encourage new and additional air service to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), is offering commercial airlines that wish to service St. Croix, as well as those that currently serve St. Croix and want to increase their service, exciting new incentives to do so.

Airlines that introduce or increase service to St. Croix between June 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010 will receive a waiver of all landing fees, as well as a waiver of 50% of the user fees for all departures and arrivals from the VIPA. Airlines will also receive waivers of terminal parking fees for one year after the new service is introduced to the Territory. All waivers would be effective for one year.

“Increasing air service to St. Croix is a top priority for the Department,” stated Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are seeing a higher demand for flights to St. Croix, and we need to meet that demand with additional service. We want to encourage visitors to take advantage of the ease and convenience of traveling to America’s Caribbean.”

To qualify for the incentives, airlines must introduce a new route, wherein the airline provides service on a route not served by that airline during the same period of the previous year. For those airlines increasing flights, they must provide additional flights on a route served by that airline during the previous year in order to qualify for the waivers. VIPA believes this incentive complies with FAA requirements because it is designed to increase air service to a specific airport, it applies to all scheduled commercial passenger airlines, and it is of limited duration.

In addition to the fee waivers by VIPA, the Department of Tourism will support new or increased air service in key airline hubs with incentives such as inaugural flight events, media and travel agent receptions, press announcements and direct-to-consumer promotions in key feeder markets for the airlines.

For 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.