Tradewind Aviation will offer increased charter and scheduled flights to the Caribbean as destinations there shake off the effects of hurricane damage that depressed the region’s business beginning in 2017. The Connecticut-based Part 135 operator said it has increased its aircraft availability serving the region with scheduled shuttle service from six Pilatus PC-12 turboprops to 10 this season.
“We are pleased to see renewed excitement for travel in the Caribbean following the 2017 hurricane season,” noted Tradewind co-founder and v-p David Zipkin. The company also said demand is up for its private charter business in the region, which it offers using both PC-12s and Cessna Citations.
Tradewind recently announced the return of scheduled shuttle service to Anguilla (AXA) and Nevis (NEV) from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), one of three hubs from which it serves the Caribbean with shuttle service. The other two are St. Thomas (STT), U.S. Virgin Islands, and Antiqua (ANU).
In addition, Tradewind signed interline agreements with British Airways and United Airlines in 2017 that allow passengers on those airlines to travel on a single reservation to St. Barths, Anguilla, Antigua, and Nevis.