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16th November, 2023 – A busy weekend is ahead at the VC Bird International Airport as the island prepares to facilitate hundreds of visitors who will arrive by specially chartered flights to begin their cruise excursions from the Heritage Quay Port with P&O Cruises.
Antigua and Barbuda got its first taste of the Homeporting experience some months ago and the role of the airport’s management and resourceful staff played a prominent role in successfully executing the operation.
Travellers descended on our shore from their chartered aircraft and immediately boarded busses that transported them to the Heritage Quay port in a seamless operation that had no impact on the regularly scheduled flights and routine operations of the airport. It was the very same for when the cruise visitors returned to Antigua for their return flights to the United Kingdom.
The collaborative exercise involving the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua Cruise Port with the support of several agencies will take place over an extended period in its second iteration.
This time around, Antigua and Barbuda will undertake homeporting operations beginning this weekend, Saturday, 18 November 2023, on scheduled days up until March 2024, fulfilling the vision to firmly establish the island as a homeporting destination.
“All systems are on the ready for this weekend. The kinks from the previous operation have been ironed out and we are fully mobilised to execute,” noted Director of Operations of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority Joseph Samuel.
Besides this Saturday, the other scheduled days for Homeporting are the 2nd , 16th and 30th December 2023. There are only two Saturdays of Homeporting in January 2024, that is the 13th and the 27th . Then 10th and 24th February 2024, culminating with the final exercise on 9th March 2024.
The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority is requesting that travellers and other members of the public take note of the Homeporting days, which are extremely busy.
It is advising that persons travelling on those days make every effort to be at the airport at least three (3) hours before departure to check-in and to avoid possible track delays while commuting to the airport.
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