Cape Air plans to increase its daily service between St. Thomas and San Juan by 71 percent, according to a report by the Virgin Islands Daily News. (Read it here.)
The small airline’s vice president of planning said increasing the number of daily round-trips to a dozen is a move to capitalize on the flight cuts being made by other, larger, airlines serving the Territory. Cape Air is based in Cape Cod and its primary business is serving New England vacation spots like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. But it’s being flying in the Caribbean for nine years between Puerto Rico, the VI’s and Tortola.
The airline flies small planes. So small, you probably never get to 5,000 feet. It is a wonderful ride! I took a flight from San Juan to St. Thomas a few years ago, and the plane probably held no more than a dozen people. It flies so low, you have an unbelievable view of the coral reefs, sparsely inhabited islands and cays, sailboats and yachts, and so much more. It is a lot of fun.
Cape Air’s decision to add service is one good thing that’s coming out of the current squeeze on airlines, fuel, and wallets. Here’s another reason to applaud Cape Air’s expansion. It already has a co-marketing agreement with Jet Blue, transferring passengers from its own planes to Jet Blue from new England to the mid-Atlantic. Oh, wouldn’t’t we like to see Jet Blue see Cape Air do even better in the VI’s, and decide to make its own foray into the marketplace.