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stxdreaming
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Was reading an article about JetBlue having a special business class offer to various Caribbean destinations from the EastCoast. Nothing for the USVI (I know JetBlue doesn't fly to STX anymore).

JetBlue article here

Last year Norwegian Air was selling flights from New York to the French Caribbean for $49. I see they are still doing this, but for $79.

Norwegian article here

Why is STX not getting any of this action? Why isn't the local government doing deals with the airlines to get flights from all over the East Coast to here?

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Jumbie
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You are asking questions that only the Director of Tourism & Governor can answer. IMO,  you  are never going to get low fares from east coast to the USVI.

AA has 2 direct flights per day out of Miami during high season. AA has a direct flight out of Charlotte each Sat to STX.  Delta flys flies direct out of Atlanta daily to STX about 5 months a year. . I think that’s pretty good. 

 

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kakalee
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JetBlue says they stopped STX flights for lack of passengers, although I don't know anyone who had been on a flight that was not chock full. Can't help but wonder if Southwest will decide to take up the slack. STT does have more flights. I never realized when I came here what a nuisance coming and going would be. If you have the fortune to invest to be allowed to reside on one of the other islands and don't see a problem getting a work visa, it sounds like a great adventure.

 

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Scubadoo
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The American flights I'm on are always full or near capacity.  I imagine if flights aren't full in advance the airlines start pushing tickets to the consolidators at lower prices just like the hotels.  And leave a few seats open close to flight date for those needing a last minute ticket to pay through the nose.   So the flights may end up being full but not at the ticket prices they'd like to have.

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jaldeborgh
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My 2 cents on the shortage of flights into STX.  STT is going to see greater airline traffic because of the cruise ships.  The passenger churn contributes to the need for airline seats.  I fly mostly United so I’ve been finding it easiest to fly through STT from Boston, I then take a puddle jumper to STX.

As for flights being full that do service STX, it’s a load factor thing.  The airlines cut flights if load factors don’t stay consistently above a target threshold.  So for example, if the airline can’t fill the planes seats a steady 75% of the time with paying passengers, then they can’t make money, so the flights disappear.   The current shortage of resort rooms isn’t helping either. 

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Scubadoo
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Posted by: jaldeborgh

 STT is going to see greater airline traffic because of the cruise ships.   

Why would this be?  Cruises aren't originating or ending at STT as far as I know. 

STT is more of a vacation destination than STX, under normal situation STT would have more hotel room inventory than STX, and flights into STT also serve STJ and in some cases BVI and as you noted even STX.  I'd expect those as the main reasons for more travelers to STT and therefore more flight demand.  Travel  agent promotion may be a factor as well.

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