interCaribbean Airways Tortola to St. Maarten
interCaribbean Airways started services between Tortola and St.Maarten on 9 February. It will initially operate the route five times weekly, before increasing to twice-daily from 22 March.
- interCaribbean Airways started services between Tortola (EIS) in the British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten (SXM) on 9 February. It will initially operate the 156-kilometre sector five times weekly, with the intention to increase to twice-daily from 22 March. According to an interCaribbean press release, the start date for the service was brought forward from 22 March “in response to the challenges of travel to and from Santo Domingo following recent air service interruptions.” The carrier says that passengers travelling from St. Maarten will have the option of onward connections from Tortola to Santo Domingo, San Juan and Antigua. Initial services appear to have been operated with DHC 6 Twin Otters according to Flightradar24, however OAG schedules indicate the flights will be flown by EMB 120s in the near future. OAG data also show two other carriers are operating between Tortola and St. Maarten, with Air Sunshine and Winair scheduled to provide 14 and eight frequencies respectively during the week commencing 13 February. From the available Flightradar24 data it is not clear if these competing services are currently operating. St. Maarten Airport suffered severe damage in the wake of hurricane Irma last year, causing subsequent disruption to air services.