Aboard US Airways, Non-stop Service Returns to U.S. Virgin Islands

Following the announcement of significant service reductions this summer by several U.S. airlines, non-stop flight service to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, has been restored via US Airways from Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism announced yesterday.

“In these daunting economic times, the return of service from US Airways illustrates the continued strong demand for airlift to the USVI,” Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty said in a statement. “Thanks to this show of support from US Airways and the continued support of our existing airline partners, air capacity to St. Thomas has increased more than 3 percent, by 571 seats, since May.”

Because of planned service reductions to the territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands was bracing this summer for a 31 percent decrease in air capacity. To address the potential impact on tourism to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Governor John de Jongh formed a public/private sector committee charged with exploring new opportunities. Led by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and the Virgin Islands Port Authority, the committee met over a period of six months with potential airline carriers in order to address the announced service reductions across the airline industry.

The result of the committee’s efforts is the new daily non-stop service to St. Thomas from Philadelphia and Charlotte, which complements existing same-day service from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York, San Juan and Washington, D.C., and which successfully erases the impact of planned air capacity reductions.