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Island pushes Caribbean Airlines to service London route and bring more UK tourists to Grenada holidays

  • 05-Oct-12 11:40
  • Grenada
  • Caribbean News Now

After British Airways recently announced the cancellation of one of its twice-weekly flights to Grenada starting 2013, the Caribbean island is in talks with Caribbean Airlines to start the operation of a new direct route between London and Grenada so that they don't miss out on the volume of UK travellers heading to the island for some relaxing Grenada holidays.

Island pushes Caribbean Airlines to service London route and bring more UK tourists to Grenada holidays

Dr George Vincent, the Minister for Tourism Senator in Grenada, has recently confirmed how the Grenada Airlift Committee is in talks with Caribbean Airlines to push for a new rout between the island and London, with the aim of brining more UK passengers to holidays in Grenada.

The beautiful and tiny Caribbean island is pushing the Caribbean carrier to introduce the new route in order to be able to entice more travellers from the UK to visit its sun-kissed shores, making it easier for British tourists to connect to the island with a direct air service departing from London.

The disclosure of the discussions between Grenada’s Airlift Committee and Caribbean Airlines followed an announcement made by British Airways last week that it would be reducing its twice-weekly Grenada flights to Sundays only, starting 2013.

Explaining their decision for cutting back on the frequency of its flights to Grenada, British Airways cited the reassessment of the Caribbean route as the main factor behind the reduction as according to the British airline, this was a direct result of the current UK recession and their launch of their new flights to Las Vegas, which will start operating in 2013.

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This is bad news for the island’s tourism sector which relied on a good number of annual UK visitors coming to the island to spend relaxing Grenada holidays, and as such it wants to make sure that some other airline will cover the gap left by British Airways.

“The Grenada Airlift Committee must be commended for its continued efforts, and we are confident that negotiations with Caribbean Airlines will bring about desired results and we will be able to soon fill the void, created by British Airways decision” Dr Vincent explained.

The Grenadian tourism minister also emphasised that while the news of British Airways cancelling part of their flights to Grenada where of no comfort to the island, four other Caribbean islands will also be affected by British Airways reduction or loss of service in 2012. Vincent also gave the assurance that Grenada and British Airways has an agreed payment schedule.

In the meantime, contact has been made with LIAT concerning the reinstatement of a flight on the Grenada/Barbados route.

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