|St. Kitts & Nevis Welcomes Inaugural Flight from Sun Country|
|(Left to right) Chairman of the Kitts Tourism Authority, Nick Menon, Prime Minister The Hon. Timothy Harris; Minister of Tourism The Hon Lindsay F.P. Grant; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Carlene Henry-Morton; Premier of Nevis The Hon. Mark Brantley, Minister of Transport The Hon. Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd and the CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority, Greg Phillip.|
|Basseterre( 22nd December ,2018) : Top officials fromSt. Kitts & Nevis welcomed the inaugural non-stop flight from Minneapolis to St. Kitts & Nevis by Sun Country Airlines (SY), which arrived at full capacity with a total of 126 passengers. The flight’s arrival marks the first time the destination has been served from the upper Mid West region of the US.“The upper Mid West is not only a hub for Sun Country, it is also a key source market in the United States that is home to a number of affluent residents,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “Visitors from this very important and growing region will now find it much more convenient to reach our shores. This flight will help us continue growing our US arrivals from a number of new and existing geographic markets.”“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the management team at Sun Country for the time and hard work they contributed to bring this service to fruition,” said the Hon. Mark Brantley, Nevis Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation “It is gratifying that Sun Country has recognized the potential of St. Kitts & Nevis as an upscale destination for leisure travel.”|
The grand celebration welcoming the flight began immediately upon its arrival. As passengers disembarked, they were treated to a performance by traditional masquerades right on the tarmac and each arriving individual was given a welcome gift.
Assembling to greet the flight was an impressive official delegation befitting the historic significance of the occasion, including: the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce; and the Hon. Mark Brantley, Nevis Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation.
The on-island delegation then proceeded to the KayanJet Lounge to continue the festivities, with Prime Minister Harris presenting special gifts to Sun Country commemorating the occasion of the airline’s inaugural flight. Banners from destination provided a scenic backdrop throughout the remarks made by Prime Minister Harris and Minister Grant with a closing toast given by Minister Brantley.
The inaugural Sun Country flight SY 777 carried a total of 126 valued passengers into the destination, having operated the Boeing 737-700 aircraft utilized for the flight at full capacity. The flight will continue to operate for peak season non-stop on Saturdays to St. Kitts & Nevis’ Robert L. Bradshaw international airport on St. Kitts (SKB) from the carrier’s Minneapolis hub (MSP) through April 20, 2019, as follows:
Flight Depart Arrive
SY777 MSP 7:40am SKB 3:15pm
SY778 SKB 4:10pm MSP 8:30pm
Note: Flights are listed in local times and schedules are subject to change.