With visitors arriving at a record pace from the U.S. – showing a year-to-date increase of nine percent over 2014 – St. Lucia will welcome additional winter season flights as United Airlines launches inaugural non-stop service from Chicago.
Commencing December 19 the weekly service departs Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) for St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) every Saturday through to April 9, 2016.
“The new flights connect major gateways in the Midwestern United States and provide added convenience for connections with a number of new markets," said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, in a written release.
Operated using Boeing 737 aircraft with capacity ranging from 118 to 179 seats, flights will depart O'Hare International Airport on Saturdays at 8:20 a.m., arriving at Hewanorra at 3:50 pm; return flights on Saturdays will depart Saint Lucia at 3:48 pm and are scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:03 p.m.
United Airlines will also launch additional flight service from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) departing Sundays at 9 a.m. and arriving to UVF at 2:45 pm. The new service will commence on Sunday, December 20 and run through May 1, 2016. The initial United flight from Newark to Saint Lucia began on July 13, 2013.