Several different airlines have added a range of new routes between cities in the US and destinations around the Caribbean. The addition of new routes comes at an exciting time for American travelers, following the decisions made recently by many Caribbean countries to change their Covid-19 related entry restrictions, making it much easier and more appealing for travelers to visit, and could lead to a travel boom in the region.
Taking in destinations such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Guyana, the addition of new routes is a positive sign for the travel industry as a whole, and suggests that the effects of the pandemic are slowly going back to normal. Here’s a closer look at which new routes have recently been added by airlines, and when travelers will be able to fly on them.
New Routes Added – What Travelers Should Know
American Airlines is the latest major airline to add a route to the Caribbean with a new flight that will connect the US with Jamaica. The airline, which was the largest in the US in terms of total passengers carried in 2019, has added a weekly flight between Austin and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. The completely new route, which will be a weekly service leaving every Saturday, will begin on June 4th.
Speaking about the new route, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White, said:
“We are very pleased to grow our valued partnership with American Airlines, the largest commercial passenger airline flying to Jamaica, through this new route. The new non-stop flight from Austin complements the carrier’s existing service out of Dallas Fort Worth and offers yet another convenient option for travelers to get to our island as of this summer.”
The new route will be serviced by Embraer ERJ-175 aircraft. A 76-seat aircraft, the ERJ-175 features 44 main class cabin seats, alongside 12 first class and 20 main cabin extra seats – providing travelers on the new route the option to travel to Jamaica in style. Travelers will also be glad to know that American isn’t the only airline to have added flights to Jamaica in recent weeks.
Frontier Airlines has also added a route to Jamaica. The new year-round route will see flights from Miami to Kingston taking off three times per week, with flights commencing from May 5th. The route will face stern competition, with American also servicing the very same route, but travelers are set to benefit from even more options when it comes to flying to Jamaica’s capital city.
Jamaica isn’t the only country that will see its connectivity with the US boosted. Guyana, a country on the north end of South America but with a culture more closely connected to the Caribbean, is set to benefit from three flights per week between Houston Intercontinental Airport and Georgetown, Guyana courtesy of Caribbean Airlines. Flights for this route – serviced by the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft – are set to begin on March 22nd, and will also make it easier to connect with flights to Trinidad and Tobago.
Finally, travelers can look forward to American Airlines flights between Miami and the up and coming tourism hotspot of Samaná in the Dominican Republic. The new route – which welcomed passengers at the start of the month – will be serviced by Embraer E175 every Wednesday and Saturday.
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