When planning a Caribbean trip, you may start by sifting via the newest checklist of prime seashores or sizzling new resorts. But the place you in the end determine to go typically comes down to one factor: how handy is the flight?
This shouldn’t be a secret to the airways, which additionally notice that the extra direct the route, the extra probably they’re to get passengers’ .
Airlines proceed to add routes to the islands from key U. S. cities. The variety of nonstop flights between the United States and the Caribbean jumped 18 % to 135,162 in 2018 from 114,150 5 years in the past, in accordance to OAG Analytics, a worldwide journey information firm.
American Airlines alone has added 9 new flights to the Caribbean and Bahamas this season, together with new year-round service between Miami and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dallas-Fort Worth and Aruba, in addition to from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Nassau in the Bahamas. Other new seasonal nonstop flights will run from Chicago to Aruba, Grand Cayman, Nassau and the Turks and Caicos. The airline can be rising service from its Miami hub to the Caribbean with further day by day flights to Barbados, Curaçao, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and each Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
Delta Air Lines has added 5 new nonstop seasonal flights out of Boston’s Logan International Airport, linking that metropolis’s vacationers to Aruba, Montego Bay in Jamaica, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Some Caribbean islands, together with St. Martin and St. Thomas misplaced flights when airways curtailed routes in the wake of destruction by Hurricanes Irma and Maria September 2017. But with the excessive season round the nook, airways are reinstating service and including new flights to boot.
To assist you plan your subsequent getaway, here’s a rundown on the key new routes to the Caribbean and Bahamas this season:
Antigua and Barbuda
Delta Air Lines has simply begun flying nonstop from John F. Kennedy Airport to this two-island nation. American has a nonstop flight from Miami that can improve to two occasions every week.
Getting from the Midwest to Aruba, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, is getting simpler this winter. This month, American began a brand new weekly nonstop from Dallas-Fort Worth. The airline may even start a weekly flight out of Chicago. And Delta started an Aruba-to-Boston flight that departs and returns on Saturdays.
American has added year-round nonstop flights on Saturdays between Charlotte, N.C., and Marsh Harbour and from New York to Nassau. It may even run year-round, nonstop Saturday service from Charlotte to North Eleuthera and improve its service to two occasions a day from Miami to George Town in Exuma and to seven occasions a day to Nassau from Miami and 3 times a day from Charlotte. Delta started flying twice a day to Nassau from New York’s Kennedy Airport in October.
JetBlue started a brand new day by day flight from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman in late October and Southwest Airlines reinstated seasonal service alongside the identical route. American started flying nonstop from Chicago on Saturdays this month. And for the first time, Cayman Airways will fly nonstop between Denver and Grand Cayman beginning in March. The new nonstop service will scale back the journey time from Denver to lower than 5 hours from between 9 and 11 hours utilizing a number of flights, in accordance to the airline.
Earlier this yr, JetBlue added a day by day round-trip between Fort Lauderdale and Santiago, boosting its service in the Dominican Republic, the place it already flies to 5 airports — La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo. Spirit started flying between Orlando and Santo Domingo in October in addition to Newark and Santo Domingo in November. Delta has simply reinstated its seasonal route to Punta Cana from Boston. And Frontier Airlines will begin a nonstop service from Cleveland, Cincinnati and St. Louis to Punta Cana in January.
Visitors to Jamaica will profit from an improve in airlift from a spread of cities this excessive season. In November, Frontier started nonstop flights twice every week to Montego Bay from Raleigh, N.C. In February, the low-cost service will start service between Philadelphia and Montego Bay. This month, Delta started a brand new day by day nonstop flight from New York’s Kennedy Airport to Kingston and can quickly reinstate its seasonal nonstop from Boston to Montego Bay. Spirit Airlines is now providing a nonstop from Detroit to Montego Bay 3 times every week and can add new nonstops to Kingston from Orlando in February and to Montego Bay from Baltimore/Washington and Orlando in March. Southwest Airlines will begin flying between St. Louis and Montego Bay nonstop on Saturdays in March.
Airlines are ratcheting up flights to St. Lucia for the excessive season. American is including further nonstop flights from Miami via April 1. United Airlines will reinstate nonstop flights from Chicago O’Hare on Saturdays from Jan. 5 via March.
St. Kitts & Nevis
This dual-island nation is getting extra accessible with United including a second weekly nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport that can run on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 via March 6. (Previously, the airline solely supplied flights on Saturdays from Newark to St. Kitts.) Sun Country Airlines will start nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis on Saturdays from Dec. 22 via April 20. And Delta simply added a seasonal nonstop flight from Atlanta.
Roughly a yr after Hurricane Irma devastated this dual-nation island, cut up between French and Dutch territories, reconstruction has begun at Princess Juliana International Airport, the place arrivals and departures are working out of momentary pavilions. Nevertheless, roughly 80 % of weekly flights reduce in the wake of the destruction have resumed, in accordance to the native tourism board. In November, American resumed day by day nonstop flights from Charlotte, N.C. and in December reinstated nonstop service from Philadelphia. On Dec. 22, Delta is scheduled to resume Saturday service from JFK. And in February, JetBlue will start day by day nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale.