Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew wholeheartedly welcomed the inaugural Caribbean Airlines flight to St Kitts and Nevis from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, via Antigua and Barbuda on July 24, 2023 (Monday).
PM Drew praised the work and dedication of the Government of St Kitts and Nevis and officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the St Kitts Tourism Authority, and the Saint Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority. He stated that their unwavering support of our citizens, hard work and vision have helped the nation to reach these heights.
PM Terrance Drew also mentioned that this inaugural call showcases the significance of intraregional travel in building relations within the CARICOM community.
Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew also said, “Sustainable development of the country depends on intraregional travel.” He further highlighted that the Caribbean states should not be dependent on international visitors, and travel within the region must be encouraged to build our own economies.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Drew outlined that travel within the region holds multiple benefits, including generating employment opportunities, economic growth by driving tourism and boosting revenue streams.
Dr Drew also mentioned, “By attracting more visitors, we inadvertently activate the multiplier effect, thus ensuring that the monies derived from tourism have the potential to trickle down to our communities.”
Caribbean Airlines – a national carrier from Trinidad and Tobago, provides air connection to various Caribbean, North America and South America destinations. Airlines act as an important link to boost regional travellers and international tourists – visiting the region.
For now, the airline flies five times a week from Trinidad and Tobago via Antigua and Barbuda to St Kitts and Nevis. This newly introduced route will provide more travel options to and from St Kitts and Nevis. It will act as an easier and more convenient travel option for the twin-island Federation, which would attract more visitors and boost economic development.