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More airlines servicing Caribbean holidays in Grenada

  • 17-Jul-10 13:33
  • Grenada
  • Holiday Industry

The future of Grenada holidays is looking bright as the island manages to secure more deals with air carriers to start servicing the Caribbean island nation. As more agreements are signed the island gets ready to increase room stock.

More airlines servicing Caribbean holidays in Grenada

Proving that Grenada holidays are gaining popularity among travellers opting for Caribbean holidays, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Glynis Roberts, was pleased to announce that airline service to Grenada was moving along “nicely,’’ especially for the summer season when the country will be hosting Spicemas, the always popular annual carnival celebration. The theme of Grenada’s carnival this year is: “We Playin’ Ah Wicked Mas.’’ and runs all throughout the summer months ending on 10th August 2010.

The travel needs of would-be visitors planning Grenada holidays are being met through a series of formal arrangements between government and airline officials, as well as with non-government private charters. Air Jamaica, whose majority owners are now Caribbean Airlines, is returning to Grenada from New York after cutting the route a few months ago. It’s not a formal, negotiated arrangement with the Ministry of Tourism, and so far it appears limited to just the summer months. “They are doing it on their own accord,’’ Minister Roberts said in reference to Air Jamaica which is proposing a schedule of four flights weekly – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The recently announced scheduled of Air Jamaica also targets travellers to Barbados holidays and the Caribbean holidays in Grand Cayman, with the airline offering passenger concessions such as “two bags free in Lovebird Economy class,’’ a 10 percent discount for “accompanied children and senior citizens,’’ and a 15 percent discount on “personal cargo shipments for ticketed passengers.’’

The Tourism Ministry had better success with Delta Airlines, which will be commencing flights to Grenada next month. “We have Delta that’s coming in on July 3 with year-round service,’’ Mrs. Roberts said. “They’ll be coming twice weekly, on Wednesday and on Saturday. This augurs well for our industry not only in terms of expatriates coming back home for carnival, but also for people on the eastern seaboard who want to visit Grenada during the festival time.’’

Government is also in talks with Virgin Airlines, West Jet and Air Canada, the Minister announced. “The airlift is coming along nicely,’’ she told the Government Information Service.

The minister said the National Democratic Congress government is promoting “Community and Heritage Tourism, “We have so much that we can utilise for ourselves and share. Every Caribbean island has sea, sun and sand. We have to find what is different that can pull people to our country.’’

The Tourism Minister also noted the need for Grenada to further upgrade the quality and quantity of its room stock. “We have to work feverishly to get our room stock in line. There’s no point you’re working to bring people into the country and all the accommodation is not up to capacity or are not to a certain standard,’’ she said.

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