Boost for tourism with the new direct JetBlue flight
JetBlue Airways launched its direct flight service between Newark Liberty International Airport and VC Bird International Airport in Antigua on Saturday.
The new service is expected to run three times a week, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing Newark at 8:50 a.m. and arriving in Antigua at 1:17 p.m.
Passengers boarding the inaugural flight to Newark were treated to Caribbean music performed by a pan soloist and received mini flags.
The festivities included a groundbreaking ceremony at the check-in counter with representatives from the airline and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez said: “As the travel industry rebounds, we are delighted that JetBlue is expanding its service to Antigua and Barbuda, giving both our visitors and returning residents a different convenient option for them to discover our twin island destination. “
Andrea Lusso, speaking on behalf of the airline, said: “The launch of new destinations from Newark International Airport, including Antigua, allows us to increase our presence in the Caribbean and deepen our presence in the Caribbean. our network strategy in the greater New York area.
“This new route aims to increase our airline’s presence in key regions and to introduce our lower fares and more competition for customers in Antigua and Newark.”
The full flight was greeted on arrival at VC Bird International Airport with a landing water cannon salute, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony with Minister Fernandez, CEO of Antigua and Barbuda, Colin James, and JetBlue representative Shevonne Joseph.
The new Newark service complements the existing New York JFK service which currently includes flights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.