French airline Air Caraibes made its inaugural flight from Paris to The Islands of The Bahamas in November adding another exciting means of reaching the island nation.

Tyrone Sawyer, senior director of airlift in the Ministry of Tourism, said the ministry is “ecstatic” about the new airlift, especially as Tourism officials increase their focus on the European market.

“The new airlift meets one of the main objectives of tourism, which is to spread the growth of visitors throughout the country. We hope that more visitors from Europe will visit San Salvador, and eventually explore other Islands of The Bahamas,” Sawyer said.

Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson said he is always pleased when “we have opportunities like this”.

“In The Bahamas, we continue to seek new airlift,” Thompson said during a press conference after the flight. “To have this flight with 200 passengers is a great start for us and we expect that that number will grow each week as the excitement about San Salvador starts to catch on in that region.”

“The decision to come to The Bahamas is not one you will regret. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you.”

Air Caraibes touched down on San Salvador on November 10 with 200 passengers.

Ludovic Andre, director of operations for French Blue and the pilot for the inaugural flight, said The Bahamas is a “marvelous destination” to fly to.

“I’m sure that for the people in France who do not know The Bahamas very well, this will be amazing,” he said. “As we will be increasing our services to The Bahamas I’m sure that more and more people will be willing to spend some time in The Bahamas.”

Air Caraibes flies into San Salvador every Thursday, giving passengers a full week to enjoy what the beautiful island of San Salvador has to offer. The airbus can hold 400 passengers.

While the airline will cater to the luxury Club Med San Salvador resort, Tourism officials hope that it will spur even more interest and airlift in other Islands of The Bahamas.

Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu recently said that the Ministry has placed an increased focus on Europe and with physical presence in France, Germany and Italy, she expects airlift to increase significantly from those areas.

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