St. Lucia Eyes REDjet Flights, Could Open Up Latin American Market

Saint Lucia may soon benefit from a new air service link with South and Central America on low-cost intra-regional carrier REDjet.

Back home from a fact-finding mission to Panama City, Sen. Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, reported on productive discussions between REDjet's senior leadership, Copa Airlines, and the Governments of Panama, Saint Lucia and Barbados.

"We are exploring the options of a new service between Panama City, Barbados and Saint Lucia," said Chastanet, noting the new flight will further open up the Latin American market to the Eastern Caribbean.
 Talks with Copa Airlines, the tourism minister added, included consideration of interline and code share agreements, allowing South American travelers to seamlessly connect at Panama City and visit the Caribbean.

In addition to bringing travelers from the continent, Chastanet spoke of other direct benefit for islanders.

"Conversely, Saint Lucians who are interested in shopping in Panama would be able hop aboard REDjet and within a few short hours sample Latin American culture and its bargain shopping as an alternative to traveling to the United States," he added.