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Delta To Begin Daily Direct Flights From Atlanta To St. Croix Over The Christmas Holidays

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Delta Air Lines will inaugurate a daily service from Atlanta to St. Croix for three weeks over the peak Christmas holiday season, according to the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty announced that the Atlanta-based carrier will augment its twice weekly winter service from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport with daily flights from December 17, 2016 through January 7, 2017.

“These new flights demonstrate the strong performance of the existing service as well as Delta’s commitment to the island of St. Croix,” said Nicholson-Doty, who welcomed the additional seats over the busy travel season.

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, who led a government contingent to Delta’s Atlanta headquarters last summer, said securing additional seats to St. Croix remains a key priority for his administration and this development complements efforts to bring a four-star hotel to St. Croix, attracting other investments, and pursuing oil and gas as well as manufacturing opportunities.
The Commissioner asserted that the tourism department is strengthening its resolve to increase airlift from the U.S. mainland to the Territory. “We meet regularly with the airlines and are working steadfastly to introduce more flights to St. Croix, while welcoming new United Airlines flights from Houston to St. Thomas as early as Saturday, May 28,” Commissioner Nicholson-Doty said.

The United flights will operate from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston four days a week from early June through mid-August, and the airline will operate daily flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to St. Thomas this summer.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Twitter (@USVITourism) and become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

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Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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