Winair takes off to St. Kitts

Winair is recommencing its scheduled flights between St. Maarten and St. Kitts & Nevis on Oct. 29, 2012. The announcement was made by St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, following a recent visit by a three-man delegation from Winair headed by Michael Cleaver, president and CEO of the carrier. Minister Skerritt said Winair’s 19-seat, twin engine aircraft will conveniently connect St. Kitts with key incoming international flights to St. Maarten from Europe and North America, and will reintroduce a domestic air service between Nevis and St. Kitts. “I am particularly excited that Winair will be providing travellers with a daily airlift option between St. Kitts and Nevis, a route which is presently served only by sea ferries and small private charter aircraft,” Minister Skerritt said. “Incoming international transfers into St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport destined for St. Kitts will now have a smoother experience with a shorter wait time as well.” The new service will depart St. Maarten at 5:55 pm daily for St. Kitts and overnight in Nevis nightly after arriving from St. Kitts at 6:55 pm. The flight will start its daily morning journey back to St. Maarten at 9:00 am from Nevis and 9:35 am from St. Kitts, arriving in St. Maarten at 10:05 am. Winair’s president and CEO Michael Cleaver said: “Winair is a leaner and better airline after our recent reorganization and we are confident that our reliability is top quality. We are happy to be reintroducing a St. Kitts service after a gap of more than three years.” Seen here in the photo, from left to right, are: Winair’s advisor, Michael Ferrier; Winair’s president and CEO Michael Cleaver; St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & International Transport, Patricia Martin; Winair’s vice-president and CFO, Roberto A. Gibbs; advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Cedric Liburd; CEO of St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), Jonathan Bass; and Director of Civil Aviation, McClean Hobson.