Cape Air announced the restart of service between San Juan and Culebra and between San Juan and Virgin Gorda, starting April 10.
Four daily flights will operate
between San Juan and Culebra and three daily flights will operate between San Juan
and Virgin Gorda, the carrier announced.
“As the Caribbean continues to
rebuild, Cape Air has listened and responded to the demands and needs of these
two communities,” said Linda Markham, president of Cape Air.
“We are committed to the
regions we serve and are delighted to contribute to the improvement of air
access for Culebra and Virgin Gorda,” she added.
Cape Air will operate The Britten Norman Islander BN-20 that is specifically suited to the needs of short runway markets like Culebra and Virgin Gorda. The Britten-Norman Islander is a nine-passenger, high wing, twin-engine aircraft with the capability to land on short runways.
“The relaunch of these San
Juan-based routes is an important element for the recovery of both Puerto
Rico’s and the eastern Caribbean’s air access capability, which was
seriously affected in the past year and a half,” said Puerto Rico Tourism Co.
Executive Director Carla Campos.
“We’re certain that Cape Air
routes connecting San Juan with Culebra and Virgin Gorda will be
successful and continue encouraging the creation of more and better routes
between Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the continental United States,” she
Cape Air has been offering frequent
daily flights throughout the Caribbean since 1998. With its Caribbean hub in San
Juan, Cape Air operates more than 80 daily flights to St. Thomas, St. Croix, Tortola,
Vieques, Mayaguez, and now Culebra and Virgin Gorda.
“Amplifying our connectivity
throughout the Caribbean and from the mainland United States has been without
doubt one of our priorities at the Tourist Board,” said Sharon Flax Brutus, director
of tourism of the British Virgin Islands.
“The reinstatement of the San
Juan-Virgin Gorda route gives British Virgin Islands guests another easy and
accessible alternative to reach our ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’,” she said.
“We’re very happy that Cape Air
is connecting San Juan and Virgin Gorda directly once again, as we share an
undeniable bond with our neighboring island and wish to see all our Puerto
Rican friends back to our beautiful shores soon,” she said.