Bermuda To Newark Airline Service This Winter

September 29, 2015

The Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport today announced that United Airlines will provide non-stop service to Newark throughout the winter, beginning November 20th, 2015.

The airline will operate three flights per week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The flight departs Newark at 11:38 am and arrives in Bermuda at 2:52 pm. The return departs Bermuda at 3:50pm and arrives in Newark at 5:25pm.

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In 2014 United Airlines chose not to fly to Bermuda during the slower winter season, opting instead to utilize its aircraft in markets that were in peak season demand.

Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell said, “Having obtained feedback from the international business and tourism sectors, it was determined that convincing United to return to Bermuda this winter was essential and that having flights on Mondays and Fridays was especially important to the international business community and it ensures continued employment for local United employees.”

General Manager of the LF Wade International Airport, Aaron Adderley added, “Feedback from the tourism and business sectors was key in determining the importance of having the United service reinstated for the winter.

“Airlines have been making winter scheduling adjustments for their Bermuda routes over the past few years in response to passenger numbers. That’s why it’s important that this flight and all of our winter services, improve year over year to ensure that we maintain our desired level of flight services year round.”

CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Bill Hanbury said, “All year long the Bermuda Tourism Authority [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.

“The panel concluded the number one priority was to ensure the United Airlines flight from Newark flew through the winter. Mission accomplished – accomplished not just to the benefit of the BTA, but to the benefit of every Bermuda resident who relies on air travel. We’re grateful for the successful collaborative effort with Minister Shawn Crockwell, the government and our long list of partners in the private sector.

“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. Plus you will have already heard some of our winter plans for golf, nautical and other sports tourism initiatives. We have more strategies rolling out soon to create additional demand.”

Below is a snapshot of the actions taken this year by the BTA on the subject of airlift:

  • Compiled & analysed air data to assess impact of lost capacity during 2014/15 winter months 04/01/15
  • Convened think tank of a cross-section of local leaders 05/06/15
  • Airlift planning session with core stakeholders: DAO, BHA, ABIR, ABIC, Chamber, BDA, etc. 05/22/15
  • Conducted survey of 300+ stakeholders across local economy 06/10/15
  • Met with United Airlines to discuss EWR winter service 07/08/15
  • Met with Delta about winter air service 08/03/15
  • Reconvened core stakeholder group to share progress 08/26/15
  • BTA assisted Minister and airport officials at World Routes Conference to meet with potential new carriers 09/19/15
  • Reported progress to date to BTA Board of Directors 09/23/15

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  1. Pondering says:

    and what did United get??!

  2. TravelingTreeFrog says:

    How much are we paying to subsidize this flight?

    Ie. When the air craft is not full, 100% of the time, how much is the government paying???

  3. Chris Famous says:

    Gee Sherlock…maybe should not have stopped subsidizing it last year.

  4. high road says:

    Well done in making this happen, would be nice if they were using the aircraft pictured and it was full to capacity!!

  5. somuchless says:

    Gee giving more reasons for hanbury to fly.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Always love it when airlines promote transoceanic “NONSTOP” flights like this BDA-EWR route.

    UMMMMM—-WHERE could it possibly stop along the route?

  7. Thanks to everyone that had made this happen…Why are sooooo many people sooooo negative about progress? Sad yes, but true :-(

    • Same reason why you and your circle were so negative when PLP were in power.

    • mixitup says:

      Progress? This flight use to always run during the winter, it’s likely United got exactly what they wanted, SUBSIDIES! Paying airlines to fly here is not progress.

  8. Scorpio says:

    I wish someone would do an evening flight to NYC/NJ area, even if it was Fridays only.

    • somuchless says:

      Bring back USA3000. That airline and their flight times rocked.

  9. Eve says:

    United could not maintain that route in 2014, BDA air arrivals are down but BTA convinces United they (BTA) have plan too fill the seats. United cannot afford too risk route on BTA promise unless it included a $$$$$ guarantee. It is that simple people!

  10. Jr Smith says:

    what about direct flights to the caribbean, europe, or even africa? international? please….

  11. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Well if we can get people IN here to begin with then maybe we can make some money to get people OUT of heŕe…people are broke…not about jumping on a plane anytime soon…so, how YOU doin,..?

  12. Kathy says:

    WHEN are we going to have more flights to and from Europe / Switzerland (other than having only one gateway through the UK) – end the monopoly!!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      When there is enough demand for the route to be worthwhile. Airlines don’t put planes into the air on speculation.

    • Pete says:

      NEVER !!

  13. UmJustSaying says:

    Remember $99 one-way fares. If BTA and Airlines sat down and came up with a package i.e.
    Tue-Thu 3 day special thru the winter months. We would take short breaks and shop on the east coast. They would come here to escape the cold and drop a few $$$.

    • Pete says:

      That $99. thing was to supplement the fuel, by carrying passengers on the flights that Ed Acker used to travel back and forth to N.Y./ Bermuda during his position of running PAN AM. He lived in Paget.

  14. bluebird says:

    NOW MANNY YEARS AGO…we used to have an Airline called “Eastern Airlines”.And I can remember because “I WAS THERE IT HAPPENED TO ME”
    From EWR or Newark on one Sunday we had eastern 807/810 with what they called Extra-Sections.
    The regular flight came in with (10) that is ten additional aircraft aeroplanes what ever you want to call them “FULL” of passengers.
    That was eleven planes in and eleven planes out all on EA807/810 out of EWR which is Newark.
    Them days are gone because them people did not look like us and we need airplanes just for us Bermudians.As you will notice majority of the passengers on Aircraft/aeroplanes are Bermudians and as we are thinning in Numbers we cannot support all the aircraft that “WE WANT”
    If you are not happy PUT UP A HUNDRED MILLION ($100Million) and get your own and then you can fly all your friends.
    Not too long and then you will really have something to P*ss and moan about

  15. Pete says:

    When will the powers to be see the light and stop being flogged by Delta, American, and United ( Useless Airlines).
    look to Places like Hartford Ct. Westchester Co NY, Rhode Island, Albany NY Islip, NY. all the way up to the Great Lakes.
    Good airports right in peoples back yards. why do they have to put up with the stress of long drive, flight stops at the big rip off airports, when there are lots of smaller carriers available to fly those cities.
    with U.S. Customs pre clearance here in Bermuda one can flood the hotels here many , many weekends.
    lets look at doing business, not governing.