Anguilla is hoping that direct flights by American Airline starting in December will send a strong message that it is opening up for the peak winter season.
The twice-weekly service between Anguilla and Miami will start on December 11th and Tourism minister Hayden Hughes calls it “a tremendous vote of confidence”.
“The introduction of direct service into Anguilla from the US mainland is a gaol we have been working long towards and we are thrilled that our efforts have now borne fruit,” he declared.
The flights will operate year-round.
Mr Hughes said, “This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our destination as American Airlines has the equipment and the route network that will enable us to significantly improve arrivals and further develop our tourism product.
This development is also a further move by Anguilla as it aims to reduce reliance on the transit hub in nearby Dutch-French St Maarten/St Martin