By MERRICK ANDREWS
(St. Lucia News Online) — Here is some good news for Saint Lucia’s tourism and financial sectors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Caribbean Airlines has resumed flights between Barbados and St. Lucia (SLU) on its ATR72 aircraft.
The company had reported via a press release on July 29 that “flights between Kingston and Nassau as well as flights between Barbados and St. Lucia will operate from July 31 and August 2 respectively”.
Routes Online reported that Caribbean Airlines’ Bridgetown to St. Lucia service will resume “later this week” and that the airline will be “offering three weekly flights starting August 9, 2020”.
Caribbean Airlines had reported that subject to regulatory approvals it will launch service to the Eastern Caribbean from Barbados effective July 22, 2020.
“Flights will initially operate between Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada with other destinations to be added once the regulatory approvals are received. The route expansion into the Eastern Caribbean is part of the airline’s current strategic plan. Earlier this year, Caribbean Airlines acquired additional aircraft and resources including pilots and cabin crew to support this initiative,” a press release stated.
Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Airlines, Garvin Medera, said in the release: “Transport is a main pillar of Caribbean States, where it provides a space for the facilitation of trade, investment, and the movement of people. Regionally and internationally, there is a lot to restart, and subject to regulatory approvals Caribbean Airlines is resuming our 2020 plans to expand routes in the Eastern Caribbean. This will begin from Barbados, as its borders are now open to commercial services. For us, improving connectivity is a strategy that has been in the making and we have carefully planned for this expansion, using data and other research to guide our decisions.”