US Virgin Islands -New Airlift – JetBlue and Air Canada

The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has announced that JetBlue and Air Canada will begin service to the Virgin Islands. This is great news for the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands yacht charter community. JetBlue is noted for offering reasonable airfares with a high level of service and comfortable seats. Here are the details from the Department of Tourism:

“The Department of Tourism recently announced plans for new air service to the Territory from JetBlue Airways and Air Canada.

JetBlue Airways, the popular value air carrier, will begin serving the Territory for the first time with both regional and dedicated statewide service, effective December 15, 2011. The airline will offer a daily flight between San Juan and St. Croix and two daily flights between San Juan and St. Thomas. In addition to the new service from San Juan, JetBlue will make it easier than ever for New Englanders to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands with plans to launch service between Boston and St. Thomas this winter. The flights from Logan International Airport will operate for the winter season with five weekly departures also beginning December 15, 2011.

Following a series of meetings between Air Canada and the Department of Tourism, the airline will begin flights to the Territory from its Toronto hub. The new service will offer Canadians non-stop flights from Toronto to St. Thomas once weekly on Saturdays beginning December 24, 2011 through April 14, 2012. The flights will depart from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in St. Thomas at 2:15 p.m. Returning flights will depart St. Thomas at 3:15 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 8:30 p.m.”

Canadians take longer vacations that their US neighbours so should help yacht charters, villa owners and hotel operators. All around this is great news.