The idea of becoming a vacation destination for travelers is not an easy thing to accomplish. However, the Anguilla government has just announced new nonstop flights from New York City’s John F Kennedy International Airport that are going to make travel easier and more accessible than ever before.
The “is anguilla open for tourists” is a question that has been asked before. The answer is yes, but the island has recently expanded its nonstop flights to include more destinations and cities.
The first nonstop twice-weekly flights between Miami International Airport and Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla were launched on Sunday, significantly easing access to the Caribbean island for West Coast and Canadian travelers and opening Anguilla to nascent incentive and group market travelers.
The new American Airlines flights are putting Anguilla on the map as a powerful post-outbreak tourist destination. The island’s major access point, a new ferry terminal, is under construction, and resort officials here claim solid winter reservations, headed by the new Aurora Anguilla luxury resort.
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At a ceremony after the flight’s arrival, Hadyn Hughes, Anguilla’s tourism minister, said the additional American flights were the product of “a collective effort.”
“This would not be feasible without the buy-in of our hotel partners, the efforts of Kenroy Herbert, chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), director [Stacey] Liburd, and [ATB’s] board and employees,” he stated.
Hughes also credited Anguilla’s Ministry of Tourism officials, as well as professionals from the country’s health and financial ministries, for preparing the island for the nonstop service.
“Today is a historic day, and it’s fair to say [it] would not have been possible without the devotion and professionalism of American Airlines, who, like us, stayed involved and openly communicated information at an unprecedented degree of openness,” he added. “Most importantly, none of this would be possible without the people of Anguilla’s support.”
“We are very happy of our continuous expansion in the Caribbean,” said Cathy-Ann Edwards, American Airlines’ Eastern Caribbean airport regional manager. This winter, American will fly to 35 sites in the area, according to Edwards.
“We’re reaffirming our commitment to opening the Caribbean’s doors to the rest of the globe,” she said, “and assisting not just the recovery, but also the expansion of tourism in the area.”
“While this flight will initially operate twice a week, we look forward to increasing our schedule to three times a week,” Edwards said.
“Our tourist business is predominantly leisure-based, but there are tremendous growth potential in the incentive and corporate arenas,” Liburd remarked on Sunday. “Scheduled service on a heritage airline that offers first, business, and coach makes a tremendous difference in our pursuit of [these] valuable categories.”
“The corporate partnerships, loyalty programs, and extensive network of travel specialists that Americans have present exciting potential for us as we bring Anguilla to new audiences in new regions,” Liburd said.
The new route from American Airlines is the first nonstop service to Anguilla from the United States. (Photo courtesy of Brian Major)
Anguilla’s tourist profile is rising, as the island maintains a good post-outbreak arrivals trend. For the “festive” winter season, almost all of the country’s finest resorts are reporting excellent reservations. “Our future reservations give us a lot of hope,” Liburd remarked.
Anguilla’s leisure visitor growth is expected to outpace the new American service, as regional carrier Cape Air recently announced the start of twice-daily, direct flights between St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and Anguilla on November 20. According to an agency source, ATB officials have also explored a nonstop service on JetBlue.
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