ARLINGTON, Va., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways will add
Grenada to its expanding Caribbean network with the start of weekly nonstop
service linking the island with Philadelphia in December 2002, subject to
foreign government approval.
The development will further strengthen US Airways' position as the second
largest carrier between the U.S. and the Caribbean in terms of destinations
served, and follows US Airways' announcement yesterday of a new "GoCaribbean"
initiative with three regional Caribbean airlines.
Known as "The Spice Island," Grenada -- located in the eastern Caribbean
at the southern point of the Windward Islands -- will be served by US Airways
with flights every Saturday, using new Airbus A319 aircraft with seating for
Starting Dec. 21, 2002, flights will depart Philadelphia at 9:45 a.m. and
will arrive in Grenada at 3:39 p.m. The return service will depart Grenada at
4:40 p.m. and will arrive in Philadelphia at 8:40 p.m. The new service will
operate from the new international terminal facility at Philadelphia airport,
currently under construction.
"Grenada will be US Airways' 20th jet destination in the Caribbean,
supplemented by additional Caribbean destinations served by US Airways Express
carriers," said Douglas Leo, vice president of international. "We are
especially pleased to add Grenada to our growing Caribbean network, offering
excellent connections with major U.S. points we serve from Philadelphia. At
the same time our service enhances access to U.S. destinations for travelers
originating in Grenada."
US Airways' new Philadelphia-Grenada service will follow the airline's
launch of new weekly nonstop flights between Philadelphia and the Caribbean
island of St. Kitts, starting Dec. 7, 2002. US Airways will also introduce
new services from Charlotte to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos on
November 2, and to Belize on November 9, both with four flights weekly. These
three new routes are each subject to foreign government approval.
Additionally, US Airways announced yesterday a cooperation and marketing
initiative with three regional Caribbean airlines -- Caribbean Star Airlines,
Nevis Express and WINAIR (Windward Island Airways) -- including affiliation
through US Airways' Dividend Miles frequent traveler program, US Airways
Vacations, and in some markets, code share. The GoCaribbean initiative plans
to offer additional service to 14 island destinations.
Grenada, a major source of spices, including nutmeg, cloves, ginger,
cinnamon and cocoa, offers diverse attractions for travelers, from the harbor
capital of St. George's to its picturesque mountainous interior with its
waterfalls and rainforests, and its white sand beaches and coral reefs.
With a developing tourism industry, the island is popular for hiking and
trekking, yachting, deep-sea fishing and water sports, and is a leading
destination for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Grenada, which has a population
of 93,000, is 21 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covers 133 square miles.
US Airways currently serves the following Caribbean destinations: Antigua,
Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida.