Sun Country suspends seasonal services to Bradshaw Airport; tourism ministers Grant and Brantley silent .

Basseterre, St Kitts, September 11, 2019 – A promise by St Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Hon Lindsay Grant that the twin-island federation will benefit from millions of persons in the mid-western region of the United States who will fly into the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on Sun Country has evaporated into thin air.
The airline which began flying to St Kitts in December 2018 until April 2019 from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, Minnesota and announced plans to begin flying during the summer 2019 from Dallas-Forth Worth has suspended its two seasonal services to St Kitts.
The airline began flying from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, Minnesota into St Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport from December 22, 2018 and operated weekly flights each Saturday until April 20, 2019.
In January 2019, Sun Country announced that as part of a wider expansion plan, it will introduce new routes including one from Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas to St Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport in the summer.
However on July 9, 2019, thecentreforaviation.com announced that Sun Country is to suspend its two seasonal services to St Kitts, an indication that the Dallas-Fort Worth flights in the summer did not operate.
A St Kitts and Nevis Information (SKNIS) report on September 6, 2018, quoted tourism minister Grant stating in the National Assembly that “there are some six million persons of medium to high net worth in the mid-western region of the United States and it is expected that some of those persons in that region will be captured by both the Nevis and St Kitts markets.”
When the first flight touched down in St Kitts in December 2018, Premier of Nevis, Hon Mark Brantley, who is also that island’s Minister of Tourism, disclosed that it was the Nevis Island Administration and the Nevis Tourism Authority that secured Sun Country to fly to St Kitts and that it took “a lot of effort and tireless work to make it a possibility.”
He added that the St Kitts Tourism Authority provided technical assistance to the Nevis team.
Both Mr Grant and Mr Brantley are yet to make statements on the suspension of Sun Country flights to the federation.

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