Saint Lucia Welcomes Thomson Airways Inaugural Flight

Press Release:Saint Lucia is poised for tourism growth from one of its main generating markets, the United Kingdom as a result of new Dreamliner weekly service from London Gatwick.  

On Thursday May 4, the Thomson Airways flight made its inaugural visit carrying close to 300 passengers.  They were greeted by an official delegation representing the Ministry of Tourism, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, TUI Group and Nexus Tours.

The passengers were welcomed in true Saint Lucian style to the sweet sounds of steel pan music and a Chairman’s cocktail.

At a brief ceremony to celebrate the event, Deputy Chairperson for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Mr Leathon Khan, expressed Saint Lucia’s pleasure at being the newest and first destination in the Eastern Caribbean for this charter service.

In his remarks, he noted, “the UK market is an important one for Saint Lucia. In 2016, we welcomed just over 64,400 Britons to our shores, and in 2017 we anticipate significant growth in this market, with your weekly flight out of London Gatwick sure to be a strong contributing factor”.

Thomson, part of TUI UK and Ireland, is one of the UK’s most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year. The weekly flight will bring an estimated 9,000 additional passengers to the island this year with the service to continue into 2018.

The new service is in direct response to the growth in Saint Lucia’s tourism accommodation stock. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is especially pleased to welcomed this new service as it is an endorsement of the strength and confidence in the Saint Lucia brand within the marketplace.


  1. Anonymous
    May 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Nothing but good news here, the more the better. We need more flights from Canada and the the northern US states.

    1. Smiles!
      May 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

      wish they had direct flight from Puerto Rico to SLU again, instead of flightig into Miami to UVF, hate that route

  2. Anonymous
    May 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    More victims for the thieves unless they think of security.

    1. Blak boy
      May 9, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Exactly my point my brother/ sister . All this growth is needed and I’m happy to hear about this new airliner but what are y’all planning to do about those sick thieves that’s waiting to pray on these people and destroy st Lucia image there by causing that growth to be almost insignificant and dwindle

  3. Anonymous
    May 9, 2017 at 3:54 am

    mughkkk nbhyyyhmn

  4. Smiles!
    May 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Congrats to St Lucia! Thank you!!! We need more flights coming into SLU! Especially from Puerto Rico and other islands. Welcome, welcome Thomas Airways. Smiles!!!

  5. Annonymous
    May 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Sometimes we show our true colours from what we do NOT say as from what we say.
    Not one of the anti Chastanet, hope St Lucia fails, we hate the UWP gang including the National trust members have hailed this excellent development.
    I will not hold my breath!