The airlines representatives also told the Minister that its confidence to return is based largely in part on the efforts of the tourism Ministry to reassure its tourism partners after the hurricanes, maintain open lines of communication and get its airport open in the short term.
“We also presented our preliminary marketing plan to them and as a result they will be looking at increasing their daily flights out of New York as of January 2018,” Brison said. “The Fort Lauderdale – St. Maarten route is also still in the eyes of jetBlue and they fully intend to launch the route. The timeline may have shifted a bit it is still their goal to get that route open,” he said.
The Minister expressed her thanks to jetBlue for its continued support, for the role it played in transporting relief supplies to St. Maarten and its confidence in the destination. She said the tri-state area is historically very important to St. Maarten’s tourism product and getting jetBlue back online servicing St. Maarten is a key development in the island’s recovery.