Winair makes three inaugural flights

POSTED: 12/17/13 9:51 PM

St. Maarten –Windward Islands Airways (Winair) made three inaugural flights on Sunday – to Tortola, Curacao, and Anguilla. The fourth route the airline has added to its schedule is the Dominican Republic. The Santo Domingo inaugural flight was set for yesterday

Winair’s CEO Michael Cleaver and the airline’s founder Georges Greaux accompanied reporters from St. Maarten to Tortola for its first inaugural flight on Sunday. Pilot Michael Jeffry took off from the Princess Juliana International Airport at 11 a.m. and landed at the BVI Airport 35 minutes later. At the airport there were two fire trucks in place to spray water on the aircraft as it made its way to the parking area, this is customary for all new aircrafts that make their inaugural flight to any destination.

Denniston Fraser greeted the delegation from St. Maarten upon arrival. Fraser is the managing director of the BVI Airport Authority and the president of the BVI Tourist Board.

Cleaver told reporters that December 15 was a great day for Winair because the airline added three new destinations to its schedule the same day.

The airline places a focus on Tortola due to the strong demand. Cleaver said that Winair will make two daily flights to Tortola; in the very near future the plane will overnight in Tortola to service passengers that have early connecting flights in St. Maarten. One of the greatest advantages with the flights to Tortola is that passengers traveling from the Caribbean islands, Europe, and the United States can now have two connecting flights the same day to Tortola if that is their final destination. The flights to the BVI are also a great opportunity for BVI residents that love to shop on St. Maarten, and it gives stay over tourists on St. Maarten a good opportunity to travel to the BVI to enjoy the Baths in Virgin Gorda, the beaches and great scenery in Tortola and the other neighboring islands.

The airline treated reporters that traveled to Tortola to lunch after that a mini tour of the island. Tortola has a low crime rate.  Residents said much of the crimes are related to domestic violence. The island maintains its rich culture and the people there are also very friendly. Passengers traveling to Tortola will be taken there with Winair’s Twin Otter, while the flight to Santo Domingo uses the ATR 42 which was recently added to the fleet. The ATR has a capacity of 48 passengers.

Winair plans to add two other destinations in February 2014 to its schedule – roundtrips to Puerto Rico and Dominica. Plans are in place to take passengers from Dominica to Guadeloupe, Curacao, and to Santo Domingo.

Cleaver said that there are lots of plans for Winair which they expect to kick off in 2014, including the possibility to fly from St. Maarten to Haiti

 

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