Fairmont and Princess set to reopen to guests
Two of the island's largest hotels are scheduled to open to guests within the next three weeks.
The Royal Gazette understands that the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club intends to reopen on August 24, while the Fairmont Southampton plans to start welcoming guests again from September 1.
Efforts to confirm the reopening dates with the management of the two hotels were unsuccessful yesterday.
However, the dates are specified in the “Hotel Capacity and Airlift” update, produced by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and shared last week with some members of the tourism industry.
Also, the Booking.com reservations website shows rooms available in the two hotels from those dates.
The Fairmont has nearly 600 rooms and the Princess about 400. Available room inventory on the island now stands at 548 rooms, as described in the BTA update.
Flights to the island resumed from the start of July after the LF Wade International Airport had been closed for three months in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.
The BTA's preliminary air arrivals data for July show there were 3,285 arriving passengers, of whom 1,725 were non-residents.
Visitors staying in hotels or guest houses on the island numbered 621, compared to 24,830 in July 2019, representing a fall of 97.5 per cent.
A bright spot was that hotel guests stayed longer, 12 days on average, compared to four days in July 2019.
Airlift to the island totalled just 5,306 seats in July, but that will rise to 11,846 seats this month, still down 80.9 per cent from last year, according to the BTA data, dated August 3 and subject to change.
August flights include two services from JetBlue, five times a week from New York's JFK Airport and twice a week from Boston.
British Airways is increasing its London Gatwick service from twice to three times a week this month, while Delta will fly from Atlanta five times a week.
In September airlift will increase to 18,970 seats, helped by the return of the American Airlines' Miami service, five times a week from September 10 and WestJet's Toronto service, twice a week from September 5.
Delta's Boston and JFK services are epected to return in November, while American's JFK and Philadelphia flights' planned resumption is in December.