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American Airlines had 622 flights to Bermuda from US eastern seaboard cities, January through August last year (File photograph)

Holiday properties such as hotels, private rentals and all businesses hoping for a rebound in air arrivals may have to wait a little longer as airlift slowly shifts into gear for the 2023 tourism year.

New figures show a slow start to landings this year at LF Wade International Airport, even when the first three calendar months of expected flights from the United States are compared with the same period in 2022.

But starting in April, there is blue sky, with projections trending much higher through August.

Official Skyport figures showed 368 US flights arriving in the first three months last year, compared with projections of just 332 for the same period this year.

But for the following five months through August, this year is expected to be better with an additional 243 flights when compared with April to August of last year.

Also, for the first eight months of this year, it is already projected that there will be 207 more US flights (1,604) arriving than Skyport figures (1,397) for the same period in 2022.

Dominating the skies for Bermuda through August is American Airlines (2022: 622 arriving flights), trailed by Jet Blue (390), Delta (268) and United (117).

United Airlines returns flying to Bermuda six weeks earlier than planned (File photograph)

United Airlines will ring in a busy spring and summer flight season as it announces its return of Bermuda flights six weeks earlier than planned.

The flight magazine Simple Flyingrevealed on Thursday that United Airlines will start daily flights from Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on March 26, despite initially planning to resume in May.

JetBlue will also begin daily flights from LaGuardia Airport in New York for the first time starting May 5.

This comes as LF Wade Airport is scheduled to see 1,507 flights between February and August.

JetBlue will launch its daily flights on May 5 from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and Boston Logan International Airport.

Flights from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines can also be expected to start in the coming months.

Erin Smith, the chief operations officer of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said: "We're thrilled to resume United Airlines service and welcome JetBlue's expanded service to Bermuda in 2023.

“It's a signal that as our sales and marketing efforts continue to make headway, tourism in Bermuda continues to move in the right direction."

LF Wade will expect to see 97 flights from the US to Bermuda by the end of January, while the following three months will see 106, 129 and 177 flights.

May will see a spike in US-based flights to 267, and the following months will see 270, 280 and 278 flights.

Flights through Air Canada will shrink at the start of March as the airline restricts its flights to Airbus A319s instead of using a combination of A319s and Airbus 321.

Flights from British Airways will fly to Bermuda about five or six times a week between January and March, with daily service beginning in April.

Azores Airlines will start flights from Ponta Delgada in June, offering two flights each month until August.

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Published January 23, 2023 at 7:51 am (Updated January 23, 2023 at 7:51 am)

Slow start to air arrivals but hopes for 2023

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