American Airlines Plans Big Expansion to Caribbean for Winter 2021

by Carolee Chanona

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, is planning another big expansion to the Caribbean, launching two new Caribbean destinations: Dominica and Anguilla from Miami International Airport this Winter. Starting on December 8, direct flights to Dominica’s Douglas-Charles Airport and Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport will be available twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. With these additional flights, American Airlines will be able to serve 35 Caribbean cities.


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For the first time, American Airlines will fly directly between Miami (MIA) and Dominica (DOM) starting Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The service will operate twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday, departing Miami International Airport at 11 am and arriving at Douglas-Charles Airport at 3:21 pm. The return flight will leave Dominica at 4:24 pm and arrive in Miami at 6:55 pm. The aircraft will be an Embraer jet with business class, extra main, and economy seating.



Anguilla. Photo by Bret Peterson/Getty Images

Anguilla welcomes American Airlines’ move to begin flight service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA), starting December 11, 2021. The direct flights will operate year-round, twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart MIA at 10:50 am, arriving at AXA at 2:49 pm. The return flight will depart AXA at 3:40 pm., arriving at MIA at 5:53 am. Flights are now available for sale.

Greater connectivity: American Airlines to fly to Chetumal, Mexico (CTM) in Winter 2021


American Airlines also announced that service to Chetumal, Mexico (CTM) would be added to their winter 2021/22 schedule, making it the airline’s 28th destination in Mexico. The new service continues a trend of airlines increasing flights to locations where demand is high. American Airlines will now operate 341 peak daily flights from Miami, the most of any airline, and will offer more than 130 nonstop destinations From Miami by the end of 2021.

Entering Belize via Chetumal & the Santa Elena Land Border in Northern Belize


The Santa Elena border in the North (Mexico-Belize). Image courtesy Belize Tourism Board

Visitors with the explicit purpose of recreation or vacation can now cross either of Belize’s land borders—Benque Viejo Del Carmen at Belize’s Guatemalan border in the west or the Santa Elena border in the north that borders Mexico. All visitors to Belize must present a valid passport before entering the country, valid for at least three (3) months after the date of arrival.

Crossing into Belize via open land borders (Northern and Western borders) will require testing done in real-time. Antigen-type rapid tests will be administered to all land border passengers over the age of 5 at a cost of US$50 per person. External PCR or antigen tests already performed before crossing the land border will not be accepted.

The Western Border and Northern Border are open between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekends.

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