Minister of Tourism Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez says all commercial flights will end and the island will be on lockdown by the end of this week.
“As of the end of this week, effectively it’s going to be an island shutdown,” he said.
Fernandez explained that the previous restrictions allowed for nationals to return home and foreigners to leave the island on outbound flights back to their home countries.
Fernandez also said, “All of the hotels are going to be closed within a matter of days so there is no reason for tourists to come into Antigua”.
British Airways has announced that its last flight from Antigua & Barbuda to the UK will be on March 29, 2020.
Colin James, CEO of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, informed that LIAT is the only carrier in the Caribbean that’s still operating.
“InterCaribbean has ceased service, Seaborne has ceased service, CAL has ceased service and so it’s only LIAT and that’s for a few destinations around the region, as many have closed their borders to all international travel, “ James explained.