With the anticipated suspension of a host of Caribbean flights by American Airlines come September, news of additional flights to any Caribbean destination is celebrated these days. And this is why it didn’t take St. Maarten’s Commissioner of Tourism Roy Marlin long to publicly praise American Airlines on their announcement to add a second Miami-St. Maarten flight beginning in November.
The new American Airlines flight is scheduled to leave Miami International Airport at 5:15 p.m. arriving in St. Maarten at 9:10 p.m. The aircraft will depart the next morning at 9:10 a.m., arriving in Miami at 11:30 a.m.
In addition, the commissioner praised American for its decision to add a second New York-St. Maarten flight for the 2008-2009 tourism season. That flight, originating from JFK International Airport, will commence December 18 and is scheduled to run two times per week. It will increase to five times per week on January 6, 2009 for the remainder of the peak tourism season.
“On behalf of The Island Territory of St. Maarten, I am extremely grateful to American Airlines for their decision to increase capacity to our destination,” said Marlin in a written release. “Their judgment only confirms the fact that, in light of all the cutbacks taking place in the airline industry today, St. Maarten has an extremely viable and thriving tourism product.”