American Airlines to resume New York flights in November
Year-round daily flights from Bermuda to New York’s JFK airport will resume in November from American Airlines, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has announced.
The BTA said the restored flights, halted in March 2020 by the advent of the pandemic, would significantly boost access to the island from the US East Coast.
Charles Jeffers II, chief executive of the BTA, said the island’s tourism was showing a promising resurgence this year and the new flight would add to that.
Jose María Giraldo, AA’s managing director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, said the airline was running up to 151 daily flights to 35 destinations in the region this year.
He added: “With the return of our New York service, this winter we look forward to operating 28 weekly flights to Bermuda, strengthening our position as a leading airline in the Caribbean.”
A spokeswoman said the winter daily flights would be from New York City, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Miami.
Negotiations by the Air Service Development Committee were said to be integral in restoring the service.
Lawrence Scott, the transport minister, hailed the development as “fantastic news”.
Mr Scott said “robust scheduling to key markets over the next year” would play a big role in the island’s tourism recovery.
AA’s news was welcomed by Lester Nelson, chief executive of the Bermuda Airport Authority.
“The move reaffirms their commitment to Bermuda as a key airline partner, in restoring regular air service to a key gateway for both visitors and locals.”
Tourism minister Vance Campbell said AA’s commitment showed its confidence in “the future of Bermuda as a destination”.
With recent hotel developments, including plans for the Fairmont Southampton to reopen, Mr Campbell said the extra flights strengthened the foundation for Bermuda’s tourism recovery.
Aaron Adderley, president of Skyport Limited, said the JFK flight had “historically been one of our core scheduled services on what has always been our busiest route”.
Its resumption would be “critical” to getting Bermuda’s airline seat capacity back to pre-Covid levels, he added.
Tickets are to go on sale on May 31, with flights scheduled to resume on November 3.