Seaborne Airlines, the regional carrier based in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, in collaboration with the BVI Airport Authority announced Monday the start of daily round-trip flights between the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to the BVI’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport starting Dec. 8.
The new service will operate with 17-seat Dehavilland Twin Otters with 24 weekly flight segments. Starting in February, the market will be operated with 34-seat Saab turboprop equipment with two pilots, flight attendant, in-flight service and a lavatory.
By April 2013, Seaborne plans to operate 49 weekly round-trip flights with over 3,300 weekly seats into and out of the market, company officials said.
“We’re pleased to introduce the first scheduled Saab service to the British Virgin Islands from our connecting complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico,” said Gary Foss, president of Seaborne Airlines. “This schedule will allow customers from throughout the United States and Canada easy connections to the beautiful and upscale British Virgin Islands, renowned for their powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains and sheltered yacht filled harbors.”
“We’re especially eager to provide nonstop service directly from San Juan to Virgin Gorda, home of Little Dix Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, other upscale resorts, villas and small locally owned properties,” he said. “And of course, there are The Baths, a national park where granite boulders create mysterious grottos in the sea.”
Additionally, on Dec. 8, Seaborne plans to operate new non-stop service from San Juan to Virgin Gorda, with 12 weekly flight in a 17-seat Twin Otter aircraft. Seaborne also plans to introduce special promotional fares for BVI residents traveling to San Juan and beyond, company officials said.