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For Immediate Release

Antigua and Barbuda continues to grow airlift with interCaribbean Airways set to begin service to the new V.C. Bird International Airport

(St. John’s; Antigua, November 10, 2015), Recent strategic negotiations have now been concluded between Tourism Minister the Hon. Asot Michael, officials within the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Ministry of Tourism along with the principals of interCaribbean Airways. These arrangements have secured additional non-stop service to two of the region’s popular destinations from the V.C. Bird International Airport. This new Air Service will expand critical air services to the Northern Caribbean via the Dominican Republic.

Beginning on December 9th 2015, interCaribbean Airways commences scheduled services from Antigua (ANU – VC Bird International Airport and Santo Domingo (SDQ Las Americas Airport) and Tortola (EIS Terrence B. Lettsome international Airport).

“This new service will mark the 4th Inaugural Airline flight to the new VC. Bird International Airport. As we continue our efforts to attract new airlines to Antigua and Barbuda, the same day convenient connections that interCaribbean Airways will afford us will significantly support our efforts in attracting visitors from other source markets such as Eastern Europe and Latin America. The twice weekly direct service with 30 seats per flight will be an added boost not just to our tourism industry, but will also be well received by the large community of our Caribbean brothers and sisters from the Dominican Republic who reside in Antigua”, states the Hon. Tourism Minister Asot Michael.

Lyndon Gardiner, Chairman of interCaribbean Airways said, “We are pleased to enter the Eastern Caribbean Market with these new routes to give Antigua a new choice in travel in the Caribbean. Antigua is a destination of great appeal to holiday visitors and provides a new choice for business travelers. We look forward to serving the people of Antigua and Tortola with these new flights”.
Scheduling has been completed and the weekly non-stop services will go as follows:

FLIGHT No. FROM TO FREQUENCY DEP ARR
JY631 Santo Domingo Antigua Saturday 6:10 pm 8:10 pm
JY632 Antigua Santo Domingo Mon, Thu 07:45 am 09:45 am
JY634 Antigua Tortola Sun 4:00 pm 5:05 pm
JY635 Tortola Antigua Sun 6:05 pm 7:10 pm

Seats are now on sale, and bookable immediately at interCaribbean.com, by calling our reservations centers, visiting our airport locations, Customers may also visit their preferred travel agency.
Service from interCaribbean Airways will later be expanded to Punta Cana and allow for same day connections with other European airlines such as Aeroflot from Russia that connect via this major hub in the Dominican Republic. This new air service with interCaribbean Airways will further enhance the position of VC Bird International as a major hub in the Eastern Caribbean, with one -stop connections to the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Panama and Jamaica. This gives visitors and residents the opportunity to travel efficiently to these counties without having to transit the USA.
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About interCaribbean Airways:
interCaribbean Airways is based in the Turks & Caicos Islands, founded 24 years to connect you and the Caribbean. The company operates a fleet of EMB 120, Twin Otter and BE99 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. International services also connect Jamaica to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. Domestic flights are operated in The Turks & Caicos Islands and Jamaica. Winter 2015 sees the launch of nonstop services from Providenciales to Santiago de Cuba and Havana, Cuba, services to Punta Cana, Tortola

About Antigua and 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 visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

For further information:
Contact: Ms. Samoya Kirby
Communications Officer
Ministry of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy
Queen Elizabeth Highway
Antigua
1-268-464-0076

interCaribbean Airways Contact: Media Relations – media@interCaribbean.com