Sun Country has suspended its weekly service to St. Kitts and Nevis in what is considered big blow to the local tourism sector. The decision to suspend flights also flies in the face of Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsey Grant, who had in recent times indicated that the twin-island state will benefit from millions of persons in the mid-western region of the United States who will fly into the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.
The airline which began flying to St Kitts in December 2018 until April 2019 from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, Minnesota and announced plans to begin flying during the summer 2019 from Dallas-Forth Worth has suspended its two seasonal services to St Kitts.
In January 2019, Sun Country announced that as part of a wider expansion plan, it will introduce new routes including one from Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas to St Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport in the summer.
However on July 9, 2019, thecentreforaviation.com announced that Sun Country is to suspend its two seasonal services to St Kitts, an indication that the Dallas-Fort Worth flights in the summer did not operate.
When the first flight touched down in St Kitts in December 2018, Premier of Nevis, Hon Mark Brantley, who is also that island’s Minister of Tourism, disclosed that it was the Nevis Island Administration and the Nevis Tourism Authority that secured Sun Country to fly to St Kitts and that it took “a lot of effort and tireless work to make it a possibility.”
He added that the St Kitts Tourism Authority provided technical assistance to the Nevis team.
Both Grant and Brantley are yet to make statements on the suspension of Sun Country flights to the federation.