Air Travel: New Ski, Caribbean Flights

Top view of Cyril E. King Airport in Virgin Islands

New flights to Telluride, Colorado -- just in time for ski season -- and new developments in the Caribbean lead this week’s air travel news. 

This week Boutique Air launched year-round service between Denver and Telluride’s airport, which is just 10 minutes from the town and its ski resort. Boutique is partnering with United Airlines, which enables travelers to book and connect through United’s network, as well as earn and redeem miles on United flights. The new service kicked off August 29, and it is operated on Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, all of which have reclining leather seats and power outlets. 

Also out of Denver, this week Cayman Airways announced plans to add a flight to Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Operated on new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the new route marks the longest ever for the airline. The seasonal, nonstop service will begin March 2, 2019. 

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Elsewhere in the Caribbean, this week officials with the U.S. Virgin Islands announced preliminary design details for a new expansion to the airport in St. Croix. The project will add a second level to the facility, allowing it to integrate its jet bridges and increase the available concession and retail space. The development also aims to improve the flow of passengers and vehicular traffic. The Virgin Islands Port Authority will continue accepting design suggestions on the project, which is part of the USVI’s larger recovery from the effects of last year’s hurricanes, through September 21. 

In the Caribbean and Mexico, this week Southwest Airlines announced a number of new and returning international routes as part of its spring 2019 schedule. Starting March 9, 2019, they are: St. Louis to Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Cancun and Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and San Antonio; and Baltimore BWI and Los Cabos. The airline is also adding domestic routes between Cleveland and Tampa; Cincinnati and Orlando; Dallas and West Palm Beach and Harlingen, TX; and Houston and Lubbock

In Europe this week, American Airlines announced plans for a new route between Dallas Fort Worth and Dublin. The daily summer service will launch June 6, 2019, and run until September 28, 2019.

In domestic air travel news, Alaska Airlines announced plans to launch daily nonstop service between its Seattle hub and Columbus, Ohio, on March 9, 2019. The airline says that the service, which will run daily, will be the only nonstop flight between the Pacific Northwest and Central Ohio. 

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