American Airlines will increase its flight schedule from New York’s JFK Airport to Bermuda beginning on February 11, 2016, the Bermuda Tourism Authority announced today, saying that the additional airlift means AA will fly twice daily from JFK, six days per week.
“American’s addition of six flights per week increases Bermuda’s total weekly flights from North America by 13 per cent,” the BTA said.
“The additional American Airlines airlift means it will fly twice daily from JFK, six days per week. Last month, United Airlines reinstated its winter service to Bermuda, flying to/from Newark three days per week.
“Currently, there are also direct flight options to Bermuda from JFK and Miami International Airport [MIA] on American Airlines; JFK, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport [ATL] and Boston – Logan International Airport [BOS] from Delta Airlines; JFK on JetBlue; Newark International Airport [EWR] on United Airlines; as well as the Toronto Pearson International Airport [YYZ] from WestJet and Air Canada.
“Additional seasonal service includes flights from Philadelphia [PHL], Charlotte [CLT] and Reagan National [DCA] on American as well as flights from Boston [BOS] on JetBlue.
BTA CEO Bill Hanbury said, “This additional air service signals the growing confidence in Bermuda as a year-round destination.
“The BTA is thrilled to have worked with American Airlines to demonstrate the incredible appeal of the island for all seasons – from whale watching and kite-surfing to sailing, cycling and diving.
“We know how important it is for our travelers to have consistent, year-round access and our partnership with American Airlines furthers this goal.”
On the subject of Bermuda airline seat capacity generally Mr Hanbury said: “All year long the BTA has worked in partnership with the Department of Airport Operations on airlift.
“Because Bermuda’s airlift capacity affects more than just the tourism industry, I convened a panel of leaders across the local economy to strategise solutions.
“These collaborative steps have helped us build an airline seat capacity increase of 7 per cent for this December and 14 per cent for the first quarter of next year.
“As the destination marketing organisation for Bermuda, it’s the BTA’s job to fill as many of these seats as possible with group and vacation travellers.
“Our marketing team is working directly with the airlines to accomplish this goal,” concluded Mr Hanbury.