The growing relationship between Grenada and Delta Airlines has resulted in another non-stop flight from Atlanta, Georgia to the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).
Top local tourism officials were on hand Saturday at the airport for a welcome ceremony to mark the inaugural flight.
As soon as they stepped off the plane, the visitors got a taste of Grenada’s culture as they were greeted by some of the top players and stakeholders in the industry.
This new service will operate on Saturdays from June 6 to August 15.
Director at the Grenada Tourism Authority, Aine Brathwaite who was one of the dignitaries greeting passengers alighting the plane, said the coming of the new Delta Airlines service is a step further along the way to boosting visitor arrivals to Grenada.
“It is no secret that the United States of America is our largest source market, bringing over 50,000 visitors to Grenada last year.
Atlanta contains a large Grenadian and Caribbean Diaspora. Atlanta, Georgia has created new potential for us. This flight offers stayed residence, non-stop quality service to a destination that’s sizzling with activity”, she said.
“…Persons can visit our carnival season… our relaxing beaches and mountainous terrain… our warm and friendly people, our greatest resource, all in Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean,” she added.
According to Brathwaite, the new service provided by Delta will definitely have a positive impact on the economy and tourism stakeholders.
Regional Sales District Representatives for Delta in the Caribbean, Richard Pile noted that Grenada and Delta have been enjoying a long-standing relationship.
“For years we have served the people of Grenada with pride and we look forward to further continuance and growth of a successful partnership. The Diaspora is very very important because they’re our biggest sellers and so we are out there and we are telling them that Delta is here,” he said.
Grenada’s Tourism Minister, Yolande Bain-Horsford, was one of the passengers on the inaugural Delta flight on Saturday and stressed the need to keep the partnership alive.
The senior government minister urged the public and private sectors to play a major role in ensuring that this dream is realised.
“The exciting possibilities for Grenada are far greater in the Southern Eastern part of the USA, where Atlanta is located. Delta now makes it easier to travel to Grenada from other parts of the United States”, she said.
“…As Minister of Tourism, I assure you that we will continue to partner with Delta to ensure the long term success of this flight, this is the responsibility of the public and private sector,” she added.
This summer’s trial run of the Atlanta-Grenada route will allow Delta to decide whether to extend the service into the winter season.