American Airlines to Launch New St. Thomas Flights From Chicago and Dallas
American Airlines will launch new flights to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago beginning December 21, said U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and American officials.
The new departures include year-round flights from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King Airport aboard 176-seat Boeing 757 aircraft, and seasonal flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to St. Thomas aboard 128-seat Airbus 319 aircraft.
Flights from DFW will depart at 10:35 a.m. CT and arrive on St. Thomas at 5:35 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time, allowing travelers to connect from the Midwest and West Coast. The St. Thomas-Dallas flights will depart at 1:50 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time and arrive at 5:20 p.m. CT.
Chicago flights will depart at 8:20 a.m. and arrive on St. Thomas at 3:15 p.m. The St. Thomas-Chicago flights will depart at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time and arrive in Chicago at 7:15 p.m.
“American has expressed a commitment to and a high confidence in our destination and we look forward to making more announcements concerning the strengthening of aerial highways which connect travelers to both our airports, on St. Thomas and St. Croix,” said Joseph Boschulte, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ commissioner of tourism nominee.
Boschulte said the increase in capacity “dovetails seamlessly” with the long-awaited return of several major U.S. Virgin Islands resorts since the hurricanes of 2017 this winter, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.
“These two new St. Thomas routes will not only promote travel and tourism to the island, but they’ll also provide our local customers with one-stop access to the network we operate out of our Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago hubs,” said Alfredo Gonzalez, American’s managing director for the Caribbean.
He added, “We have identified unique growth opportunities in the Caribbean and as a result, this year, we will continue to expand our presence in the region with new routes, frequencies and destinations.”
With the additional flights American will now operate up to flights between St. Thomas and the airline’s hubs in Miami, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. American also operates service from St. Croix from Miami and Charlotte.