By the Caribbean Journal staff
The Pitons, the rum, the drive-in volcano, the three-walled rooms at Ladera. There’s a reason Saint Lucia has always been one of the Caribbean’s most romantic, sought-after destinations.
And now it’s getting even easier to get there.
American Airlines has announced plans to add another daily flight to Saint Lucia from Miami, with the new service set to begin Dec. 19.
That service will leave Miami at 7:15 PM, likely with an eye toward easier connections from the rest of the country, with the return flight departing Saint Lucia at 8:30 AM the following morning.
“The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority recognizes the importance of airlift to grow the tourism sector, and we have been working hard to get more flights into Saint Lucia,” said Tiffany Howard, acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.
Indeed, Saint Lucia is poised for even more airlift growth in January, with United Airlines planning a launch of Saint Lucia flights out of the Chicago market.
“We are continuing to negotiate additional airlift into Saint Lucia because it is paramount to our success,” Howard said. “We will leverage Saint Lucia’s desirability among potential visitors to attract increased air traffic from both our traditional and non-traditional airline partners, especially out of our major source markets, so we can satisfy the growing demand for destination Saint Lucia.”
The new flights are part of a wider Caribbean expansion for American, as more and more of its competitors like Southwest and JetBlue continue to broaden their flight networks in the Caribbean.