Caribbean Islands of Anguilla and Dominica To Launch Non-Stop Flights to the U.S.

by Carolee Chanona
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At last, the Caribbean destinations of Anguilla and Dominica will finally be accessible to U.S. travelers via direct, non-stop flight service. Starting December 2021, American Airlines will offer service from Miami to Anguilla and Dominica said Denise Charles, the country’s minister of tourism. Operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the direct flight service from the U.S. is a “major milestone” for the island, according to destination officials. Beginning July 1, all visitors entering Anguilla must be vaccinated. And with these additional flights, American Airlines will service a total of 35 Caribbean destinations.

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A villa in Anguilla overlooking its bay. Photo via Anguilla Tourist Board’s Facebook.

“The service will allow travelers from other U.S. cities to travel to Dominica through Miami and arrive at the destination on the same day, she added. Since reopening its borders to international visitors in August, following the pandemic outbreak Dominica has “safely hosted thousands of guests” in area hotels through the destination’s “Safe in Nature” protocols, said Charles.

“Like everywhere else, we too have been actively managing the pandemic to minimize its negative effects on our citizens and visitors alike. We are continuously reviewing our protocols and the health and safety of all is our top priority.”

Lush Dominica. Photo by iSAW Company on Unsplash

About 50 percent of the island’s residents have received “one or more vaccines” and officials expect to expand inoculations with the local debut of the Pfizer vaccine next week, Charles added.

American Airlines will also launch nonstop, twice-weekly flights from Miami to Anguilla on December 11, the first direct service to the island from the U.S. “The Miami gateway opens a host of new markets for Anguilla with connectivity from the West Coast and also Canada, said Alison Ross, an Anguilla Tourist Board spokesperson.

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