Significant Airlift Increases Highlighted by Antigua and Barbuda Tourism CEO


Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority CEO Emphasizes Connectivity at CTM 42

Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, highlighted the critical theme of connectivity during his interview at CTM 42.

He emphasized that connectivity is a top priority for island destinations like Antigua and Barbuda, which rely heavily on robust travel networks to sustain their tourism industry.

James proudly announced significant boosts in air connectivity to Antigua and Barbuda. This winter season, for the first time, American Airlines will offer daily service from Charlotte, while Delta will provide daily flights from Atlanta and a weekly flight from JFK. American Airlines will also maintain its twice-daily flights from Miami and daily service from New York. Additionally, JetBlue will increase its flights to five times a week.

James noted that the increased airlift from key U.S. markets, which constitute the majority of Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism business, is a major achievement. This enhanced connectivity is expected to support the tourism sector’s growth and stability.

In the region, new carriers like LIAT 2020 are set to start operations with Antigua as their home base. Sunrise Airways will commence services on May 25, operating new routes between St. Kitts, Antigua, and Dominica. James highlighted the rebound in regional air travel and its positive impact on visitor numbers, especially from Trinidad and Tobago, the main source market within the region.

James also spoke about the industry’s resilience and the importance of conferences like CTM 42, which bring together experts to share trends, ideas, and best practices. He expressed appreciation for the collective efforts to improve connectivity and enhance the overall tourism experience.

The focus on connectivity is not just about improving travel options but also about ensuring that the tourism industry in Antigua and Barbuda continues to thrive and adapt to changing market demands. James concluded by expressing optimism for the future and the upcoming busy summer season, with major events like the ICC Cricket World Cup and Carnival drawing visitors to the islands.

Colin James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, thanked attendees for their time and shared his optimism for a successful year in tourism.

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