The Turks and Caicos is to get added airlift before the end of the year, as Southwest Airlines has signaled its intention to resume flights to the territory.
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This announcement was made by the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board on Thursday, June 10. The Tourist Board said the announcement was welcome news for these islands, owing to the fact that international travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands has picked up drastically.
“Turks and Caicos Tourist Board is excited to announce that the Southwest Airlines will reactivate flights to Turks and Caicos this fall, on October 7th, to Providenciales. This will be a daily non-stop flight, leaving Ft. Lauderdale at 12:30pm. This flight is expected to continue through spring 2020,” the Tourist board said.
For his part, Trevor Musgrove, President for the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) told NewslineTCI that the added seats that Southwest would provide to this destination should translate into more hotel rooms being filled, thereby providing a brighter future for the country overall.
“The future looks bright for Turks and Caicos. Arrival numbers suggest that it’s looking like Christmas in the summertime,” he said.
He pointed out that already, some of the major hotels in the Turks and Caicos Islands have announced unprecedented revenues, which he said was a sign that brand Turks and Caicos is a pulling card to elite travellers.
“This past April and May, some of the major Hotels have reported that it was the best they had seen in the history of their properties,” he said, pointing out that he expects additional flights into the country soon.
“We are expecting even more new routes for the upcoming season. We welcome Southwest back and are looking forward to a great season,” Musgrove noted.