Jul 07 Problem at Antigua airport sees flights sent to St Kitts Air traffic, Antigua, chemical gas leak, Antigua airport closed, St. Kitts, LIAT, American Airlines, British Airways, Puerto Rico, flight delays, flights diverted to St. Kitts

St Kitts' Robert L Bradshaw International Airport became an unexpected host for American Airlines and British Airways flights after the sudden closure of Antigua's VC Bird International Airport.

The planes, which were heading to other destinations after stopping at Antigua, were grounded yesterday afternoon.

WIC News has reached out to both airlines for comment.

Stanley Smith, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, said the closure occurred after chemical fumes leaked into the control tower.


He said workers who were on shift had to be evacuated to safety while the tower was flushed to ensure the air was clean.

"We apologized to customers for the delay to their journey after our flight diverted to St Kitts following the closure of the control tower at Antigua Airport," a British Airways spokesman told WIC News.

"The aircraft was refuelled and the flight continued on to Antigua."

According to Antigua's Observer Media, flights headed for the twin-island nation were diverted to both St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Operations resumed shortly after 3pm AST but by then a number of LIAT's flights were already affected, were Virgin Atlantic and BA flights from London.

Two American Airlines flights from Miami and JFK airports were diverted from Antigua and Barbuda.

Source: http://wicnews.com/caribbean/problem-at-antigua-airport-sees-flights-sent-to-st-kitts-59533470/

May 06 British Airways Announces Changes To Weekly Flights British Airways, St. Kitts, flights, schedule changes, Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Gatwick International Airport

British Airways changing schedule for St. Kitts flight

BASSETERRE (6th May, 2014): British Airways has announced that its twice weekly service into St. Kitts from London Gatwick will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays effective from 26th October, 2014.

Presently the full service global airline operates on Tuesdays and Saturday. The flights will still be tagged with Antigua, with the flight numbers remaining the same:

BA2157 - London Gatwick to St. Kitts
BA2256 - St. Kitts to London Gatwick

The flight times will also be consistent with normal winter arrival/departure time:

BA2157 - arrives at 16:35
BA2256 - departs at 18:05

Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown, said Wednesday is a convenient mid-week day for leisure travel, which still provides a good variety of lengths of stay.

CEO Brown expressed her gratitude on British Airways' on-going commitment to the destination, while citing the special relationship already developed.

"We warmly thank British Airways for their ongoing support to St. Kitts. We have a very high regard for the team from British Airways. This solid partnership supports us in our efforts to increase tourist arrivals substantially from the UK and European markets and, more significantly, to help us maintain the upmarket quality of the St. Kitts brand image," CEO Brown said.

British Airways is the first British carrier to provide year-round scheduled airlift to St. Kitts. A three-class service is operated from London Gatwick, with a capacity of 102 Premium seats and 124 World Traveller seats.

Source: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4df19efdcfabf2e93c58266d7&id=14a60e3d34&e=b23507c34c

Mar 19 BA's $100 million product enhancement creates 'an intimate private jet experience' British Airways, upgrades, $100 million dollars investment, luxury, Gatwick airport, Robert L. Bradshaw airport

Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) - British Airways - the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, has completed a $100 million product enhancement investment in 2012, which included upgrades to the first-class cabins on its aircraft to create an "intimate private jet experience."

Passengers to St. Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean markets can now enjoy the luxury of seats which convert to six-foot fully-flat beds; a Club World menu which combines the finest local and international ingredients, with meals served on fine china; extensive in-flight entertainment, with personal flat screen; and noise-cancelling headphones and other first-class options.

According to the carrier, this new luxury experience begins even before the first-class traveller boards the aircraft, with stress-free check-in open from 24 hours before the flight departs, including print, fax or e-mail boarding pass options to save time at the airport, real-time arrival and departure information and live travel news.

"Feedback from customers helped us define our product and improve on it," explained Marcia Erskine, PR consultant for BA. "We're in a good space right now but we're always seeking to improve." Erskine, who is based in Jamaica, spoke to the Sunday Guardian about the new services BA is offering in the Caribbean.

British Airways which operates return flights on Saturdays and Tuesdays from London Gatwick Airport to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport via Antigua.

BA, which has been flying to the Caribbean since 1946, currently serves 11 gateways in the Caribbean to London from St. Kitts, Kingston, Nassau, Grand Cayman, Providenciales, Antigua, Punta Cana, Grenada, St. Lucia and T&T. Its operations are centred at its main hub at London Heathrow Airport, with a second major hub at London Gatwick Airport.

The airline was formed in 1971 from a merger between two large London-based airlines, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and two smaller regional airlines, Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines.

Source: http://zizonline.com/bas-100-million-product-enhancement-creates-an-intimate-private-jet-experience/

Oct 17 Increase in Passengers Arrivals to St. Kitts St. Kitts, tourism, air lines, flights to st. kitts, increase in arrivals, American Airlines, Miami flight, New York flight, Winair, LIAT, British Airways

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 15th 2013 (CUOPM) - The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting increases in passenger arrivals and departures at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts for the month of August this year compared to the same period last year.

Figures from SCASPA's Department of Finance & Statistics indicate that 11,179 passengers arrived in August 2013 compared to 10,417, an increase of 762, passengers, up 7.31 percent.

The department is also reporting a 3.86 percent increase in departures, with 12,815 passengers leaving in August this year compared to 12,363 passengers in August 2012.

American Airlines, which operates 11 flights per week from Miami International and New York's JFK International, continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

SCASPA disclosed that American Airlines brought in 5,421 passengers on 46 flights in August.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 3,610 passengers from 184 flights, followed by British Airways with 809 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was US Airways with 601 passengers from five flights.

WINAIR brought in 228 passengers from 66 flights and a Miami Air charter with 187 passengers from 1 flight.

It also reported that 421 passengers arrived aboard 96 private aircraft.

Flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport increased from 439 in August last year to 585 this year, an increase of 146 in August this year, up 146 or 33.28 percent.

The number of flights out also increased from 439 in August last year to 586 in August this year, an increase of 147 or 33.56 percent.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/80251

Apr 26 American Airlines maintains leading carrier status into Robert Bradshaw Airport American Airlines, Air Canada, LIAT, WinAir, British Airways, US Airways, Delta Air, Miami Air Charter, Trans Anguilla, Air Anguilla, passengers to St. Kitts, St. Kitts tourism, flights to St. Kitts

American Airlines flight taking off from St. Kitts Bradshaw International AirportAmerican Airlines continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

The St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), which reported a total of 12,874 passenger arrivals in March, disclosed that American Airlines brought in 6,243 passengers on 50 flights, while its commuter carrier brought in 705 from 28 flights, a total of 6,945 passengers from 78 flights.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 2,384 passengers from 185 flights, followed by British Airways with 900 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was Delta Air with 842 passengers from five flights; US Airways, 664 passengers from five flights; Air Canada, 586 passengers from five flights and Miami Air charter, 171 passengers from 2 flights. WINAIR brought in 108 passengers from 50 flights, Trans Anguilla, 44 passengers from 14 flights and Air Anguilla, 12 passengers from 7 flights.

SCAPA reported a 16 percent increase in passengers arrivals in March, an 11 percent increase in flights inward and outward bound flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3687&post200803=true

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