St. Croix’s economy is set to a greater boost now that the new Delta Air Lines service between Atlanta and St. Croix will run longer than originally planned.
The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism confirmed that the weekly service, scheduled to return to the Territory December 20, 2014 after a long absence, will operate several months beyond the second week of May, as originally planned, and will instead terminate on Saturday, August 15, 2015.
“Delta’s return to St. Croix is great news and adding more flights will positively impact the local economy,” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism.
The weekly Saturday service will operate between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix.
In preparation for the new flights, the Department of Tourism recently spent several weeks in Atlanta and in the Minneapolis feeder market educating consumers, travel agents, tour operators, the media and Virgin Islanders about the Delta service.
“To help attract more people to the Virgin Islands, we’re going back to Atlanta this month to continue spreading the word about travel to St. Croix with Delta’s increased flights,” the Commissioner reported.
The service will operate on MD-88 aircraft with 149 seats, and is backed by a joint marketing strategy between the airline and the Department of Tourism.
Source: Caribbean News Service