New airline to touchdown in Antigua this December
Ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, begins flights on December 4
Antigua and Barbuda will welcome the start of year-round service by Frontier Airlines for the upcoming winter season.
The US-based low-cost carrier, known for its attractive rates, will make its inaugural flight to Antigua on December 4. The service will operate once-weekly on Saturdays with flights to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (VCBIA) from its base at the Orlando International Airport in Florida.
“We’re excited to announce service to V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua with nonstop flights to Orlando beginning this December,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president, commercial, Frontier Airlines.
“Our mission is to deliver ‘Low Fares Done Right’ for our customers and we’re confident that this new route will make travel to the island even more accessible and affordable for tourists, while at the same time providing an attractive option for local residents wanting to travel to the US.
“We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard to enjoy the warm weather and stunning scenery of Antigua and Barbuda, and to serving local residents with affordable flights to Orlando and beyond through our extensive US route network.”
Tuesday’s announcement by Frontier Airlines was welcomed by Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials, who were engaged in talks with the airline before the pandemic. This is the airline’s first entry into the Caribbean as they resume steps to expand their network.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Honourable Charles Fernandez, said: “The launch of the new service out of the busy Orlando airport opens up an important gateway to Antigua, with links to major US cities. We can now look forward to meeting the increased demand coming out of the US this winter and, from all indications, we can also expect to see more competitive pricing brought on by Frontier Airlines’ affordable rates.”
CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Colin C. James called the airline’s decision “good news for the industry, good news for Antigua and Barbuda, and a show of confidence in our rebound”.
James added, “Those additional 186 passengers every Saturday will certainly go a long way in providing us with the alternative options that we need from other gateway cities in the USA into Antigua.”
News of the airline’s December launch has been met with much enthusiasm by Antigua and Barbuda hoteliers and other tourism stakeholders who are excited about the additional airlift for the destination.
Frontier Airlines will operate an Airbus320-Neo. Introductory fares to Antigua will start from as low as US$99.