Saint Lucia welcomed an inaugural nonstop American Airlines flight from Chicago on December 21, 2019, with celebrations in each destination to commemorate the occasion.
To honor the departure of the first flight, Minister of Tourism Hon. Dominic Fedee greeted passengers at the gate in Chicago before takeoff. While boarding, passengers listened to live steel pan music, enjoyed photo opportunities with Saint Lucians attired in colorful national wear and were served breakfast treats. During the flight, several passengers won prizes, including a complimentary return stay in Saint Lucia and branded gifts.
Upon landing in Saint Lucia, the flight was welcomed with a water cannon salute and live music by local steel pan youth band the Laborie Pan Project. In a press conference at the airport, Minister Fedee presented a plaque to the American Airlines airline crew.
The nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) will depart weekly on Saturdays. AA1910 departs ORD at 8:20 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and arrives in Saint Lucia at 3:50 p.m. Eastern Caribbean Time (ECT). For the return, AA1910 departs from UVF at 4:47 p.m. ECT, arriving ORD at 9:20 p.m. CST.
With the addition of the Chicago flight, American Airlines now flies to Saint Lucia with direct service from four U.S. markets, including Charlotte (CLT), Miami (MIA) and Philadelphia (PHL).
Saint Lucia is known for its signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a tropical rainforest, the mud baths at Sulphur Springs Park and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Cultural offerings include the marketplace in the capital of Castries, coastline fishing villages and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, programmed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.