BASSETERRE, St. Kitts:--- Caribbean Sub-regional airline, Winair, will recommence regular flights between St. Maarten and St. Kitts on 29th October, 2012.
That announcement was made by St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, following a confirmation visit last Thursday, of a three-man delegation from Winair headed by Michael Cleaver, President and CEO of Winair.
Minister Skerritt said Winair's 19 seat twin-engine aircraft will conveniently connect St. Kitts with key incoming international flights to St. Maarten from Europe and North America, and will reintroduce a domestic air service between Nevis and St. Kitts.
"I am particularly excited that Winair will be providing travelers with a daily airlift option between St. Kitts and Nevis, a route which is presently served only by sea ferries and small individual charter aircraft," Minister Skerritt said. "Incoming transfers into St. Maarten's Princess Juliana Airport destined for St. Kitts or Nevis will also now have a smoother experience, with a shorter wait time as well."
The new service will start Oct.29 and will depart St. Maarten at 5:55 pm daily for St. Kitts and overnight in Nevis nightly after arriving from St. Kitts at 6:55 pm. The flight will start its daily morning journey back to St. Maarten at 9:00 am from Nevis and 9:35 am from St. Kitts, arriving in St. Maarten at 10:05 am.
Winair's President and CEO Michael Cleaver said "Winair is a leaner and better airline after our recent reorganization and we are confident that our reliability is top quality. We are happy to be re-introducing service to St. Kitts after a gap of more than three years."
Cleaver was accompanied on his one-day visit to St. Kitts by Advisor to Winair Michael Ferrier and Roberto Gibbs, VP and CFO of Winair.
Minister Skerritt was joined in this airlift planning meeting by his Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Cedric Liburd; that Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Patricia Martin; St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority (SCASPA) CEO, Jonathan Bass, and Director of Civil Aviation, McClean Hobson.