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ST. KITTS WELCOMES IN A SECOND BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT

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Deirdre Cumberbatch at River Communications
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In just eight months since the first British Airways scheduled service touched down to great fanfare at RLB International Airport, St. Kitts, the island’s Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that St Kitts will gain a second British Airways scheduled flight in March 2010, complementing its current weekly Saturday service. Taking off on Tuesday 23rd March 2010, the new flight, tagged with Antigua, immediately increases capacity to the destination while offering even greater flexibility to the duration of visitor nights.

Commenting on the announcement from British Airways, Minister of State for Tourism, Sports and Culture, Richard Skerritt, said, “I speak for our key partners, our hoteliers and all stakeholders involved in the tourism industry in St. Kitts & Nevis in welcoming this excellent news from British Airways at a time when there is still uncertainty in the industry; we are delighted that British Airways has had the confidence in our destination’s future growth to bring in two new flights in just 14 months. The UK is increasingly becoming an important market for St. Kitts with British Airways bringing in more than 4,000 passengers in the first half of 2009 alone.”

Minister Skerritt went on to say, “we have developed an especially positive relationship with British Airways and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership long in to the future”.

Richard Tams, British Airways' Head of UK & Ireland sales, said: “We’re delighted to be increasing the number of flights into St Kitts. The island has been proving extremely popular with our customers thanks to its beauty; atmosphere and the warm welcome travellers receive. We now operate more flights into the Caribbean than any other carrier, serving 14 destinations with 55 flights a week and we remain committed to the region.”

The additional service which will fly every Tuesday from 23rd March 2010 is especially good news for current key tour operator partners, while being a potential route for new operators with plans to feature St. Kitts, and sister island Nevis, for 2010 holidays. A number of initiatives planned by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in the following months will also ensure its continued success.

The BA aircraft will use a similar configuration to the existing Saturday flight with a three class, 280 seat Boeing 777 aircraft holding 40 Club World seats, 24 World Traveller Plus and 216 World Traveller seats.

Editor’s Notes

Visitors to St. Kitts can take advantage of a range of great free night offers at selected hotels, as part of the St. Kitts ‘Fall in Love’ summer/fall promotion. Until December 12th 2009, all bookings made with selected hotels in St. Kitts will qualify for ‘Seven nights for the price of Five’, for travel from May 1st to December 19th 2009.

About St. Kitts

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s sugar plantations, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and the more traditional holiday pastimes such as water sports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Guests can select from a variety of accommodation, ranging from intimate plantation inns and villas to larger hotels or resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact St. Kitts Tourism in the UK on 020 7376 0881 or visit the St Kitts Tourism Authority website www.stkittstourism.kn .