9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Air Travel for Winter Season Appears to be Back to Pre-Storm Levels, Tourism Officials Say

Featured / News / Tourism / Virgin Islands / October 18, 2019

Airline travel to the Virgin Islands has exceeded 2017 pre-storm levels in St. Croix, Department of Tourism  (D.O.T.) Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Hansen Watley told Senators on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, seat capacity to St. Thomas is projected to approach 90 percent of the pre-storm levels, she said. 

D.O.T. and representatives of the West Indian Company Ltd. appeared before the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture, chaired by Sen. Allison L. DeGazon. 

Ms. Hansen said American Airlines will operate three daily flights  between Miami and St. Croix market for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

American has also extended the Charlotte to St. Croix flights from Saturday only to daily during the peak Christmas period, Ms. Watley told the committee. 

St. Thomas is a step behind air capacity levels of two years ago, before Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Ms. Watley said JetBlue Airways from Boston is currently serving St. Thomas with weekly nonstop Saturday flights through February 9, 2020, and will operate a daily nonstop service between February 13 and April 28, 2020, during the peak travel season. 

American has also announced weekly year-round Saturday service to St. Thomas from Dallas-Fort Worth, and seasonal Saturday service from Chicago, beginning December 21, 2019. The carrier will also add a third daily flight between Miami and St. Thomas from December 18, 2019.

In his testimony, Anthony Ottley, Interim President of WICO, said one of WICO’s biggest challenges is accommodating the ever-growing size of cruise ships. 

The WICO dock at Havensight is already at it full capacity and cannot extend beyond the current 3,300-feet footprint, said Mr. Ottley.

Economic Development committee members met Thursday in the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center on St. Croix. Ms. DeGazon said D.O.T. and WICO play key roles in steering economic growth in the territory. Committee  hearings help ensure openness and transparency by public entities. 

But WICO, Ms. DeGazon said, has been known to be “a very closed entity,” and that “we need to break that perception.”

Robert Moore

Previous Post

Police Seeking Community's Assistance In Finding Woman Last Seen At Coakley Bay Condos

Next Post

New Study Says Hundreds of Virgin Islanders May Have Died as a Result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Leave a Reply

More Story

Police Seeking Community's Assistance In Finding Woman Last Seen At Coakley Bay Condos

ST. CROIX -- The V.I.P.D. is seeking the community's assistance in finding a woman who went missing on Oct. 14, V.I.P.D....

October 18, 2019