By CMC - February 13th, 2012.
CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – The Trinidad-based airline, Caribbean Airlines, has begun a non-stop daily service to St Lucia with daily flights from Port of Spain to the George FL Charles Airport here.
“The addition of this route solidifies our commitment to provide our customers with more options for travel within the Caribbean,” Caribbean Airlines’ acting chief executive, Robert Corbie, told an inaugural ceremony on Saturday.
He said St. Lucia has been of strategic interest to the airline, which stepped up its intra-regional flights following the entry of the Barbados-based carrier, RedJet. Caribbean Airlines has also used the launch to mount a campaign to win students attending the region’s major university campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad.
“Our current offer for students along with added benefits of frequent flyer miles and complimentary bags will add value and exceed service expectations,” he noted. RedJet, billed as a low-cost, no-frills carrer, currently charges a minimum 10 US dollars per bag.
Caribbean Airlines’ St. Lucia service also paves the way for direct connections to South America, with a daily connection to Caracas via Trinidad for passengers whose travel originates in St. Lucia, along with four weekly connections to Paramaribo, Suriname and daily connections to Guyana, Corbie said.
“Our added value entitles all customers on our new St. Lucia route to frequent flyer miles, one complimentary checked bag up to 50 pounds and, up to 10 per cent discount is offered to senior citizens and students attending universities within the Caribbean.”
He said Caribbean Airlines continues to work closely with St. Lucia Tourist Board to ensure a consistent value-added service.
For the island’s part, minister for tourism, Lorne Theophilus, said the new service provides more access to its carnival, jazz and Creole Heritage festivals and further links the Windward Island to the southern Caribbean republic.
“We hope that this service succeeds as this will be one more bridge built in making the dream of Caribbean economic, social and cultural integration a reality,” the minister said.