Delta Airlines is gearing up to increase its service to the Virgin Islands beginning in December.
According to the Virgin Islands Daily News, Delta will add almost a dozen weekly flights to St. Thomas and one to St. Croix during the upcoming high season. The flights, beginning Dec. 20, include one round-trip between St Thomas and Atlanta, and some weekend service from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. The full Daily News story is here: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article?id=17627414.
And the VI Tourism Department can only hope that “Monkey See, Monkey Do” will be the business plan of other airlines like United, US Air, Continental, and American and that they, too, might add service for the winter.
A check of Delta’s Web site Monday morning showed round-trip flight from Washington National, with a stop in Atlanta, priced at $456.30 (including taxes and fees). From Cincinnati, Delta wants $870.30!
Beverly Nicholson Doty, the VI Tourism Commissioner, told the Daily News she was “really pleased” by delta’s decision to increase service. Doty said she went to see Delta earlier this year, after American announced cutbacks in its Caribbean flight schedules, including Puerto Rico.