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Minister of Tourism Announces Arrival of Jet Blues Direct Service to Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael shakes hands with Marty St. George Executive Vice President Commercial & Planning at JetBlue Airways


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(St. John’s Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, The Hon. Asot A. Michael, has said that airlift into Antigua and Barbuda from its critical North East corridor of the USA will be augmented by the arrival of JetBlue Airways for the upcoming winter season.

The arrival of JetBlue, he announced, will open up the destination to even more business, increase the competitiveness of the destination within the US travel market and encourage more air travel.

 The Tourism Minister made the remarks, at a press conference held last week Friday at the V.C Bird International Airport, attended by Antigua and Barbuda Government Officials, Senior Executives of JetBlue Airways, Antigua and Barbuda Airline Executives and Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials.

 JetBlue Airways, will begin direct service to Antigua from its base in New York’s JFK International Airport on November 5.

The airline is known for its attractive fares, and value service which has created a strong brand loyalty among a younger demographic in the US.  The JetBlue Airbus A320, which carries 150 seats will be available to travellers to Antigua on, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Tourism Minister said, “We are excited to be bringing JetBlue to Antigua and Barbuda following successful negotiations. As a new airline flying into Antigua, JetBlue will make the destination more accessible to visitors searching for affordable and direct same day connections.”

“We are confident in the ability of our team in the US, to stimulate demand for the destination within the north eastern region, from New York to Washington.  This is an opportunity to, increase our tourism arrivals for the 2015/2016 winter season, and grow our tourism business.”

 The Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is the largest metropolitan area of the US and is home to some 23.6 Million people who comprise a key demographic amongst the US source market.

 “We offer customers more options than any other airline to the Caribbean, and the beautiful destination of Antigua will be a great addition to our network for those wanting to discover something new. A gorgeous Caribbean island, Antigua offers beaches, history and romance, along with world-class resorts like Sandals.” said Marty St. George, executive vice president, commercial and planning, JetBlue.

 The news of the new JetBlue flight was received with much enthusiasm by hoteliers on island who look forward to the impact that the increased seats will have on occupancy and revenues.

About Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors.  Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visitwww.visitantiguabarbuda.com

 About JetBlue Airways

 JetBlue’s Schedule b2015:etween New York and Antigua on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as of November 5, 
09.20  a.m. – 2.34 p.m. 3.30 p.m. – 7.18 p.m.

 JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 88 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 825 daily flights. Upcoming destinations include: Reno-Tahoe, Nev. on May 28; Grenada on June 11, 2015 and Albany, N.Y. on December 10, 2015. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.