by VIBusiness Staff

     Delegate Christian-Christensen called the upcoming arrival of United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Cape Air and Gulfstream Airlines to the Territory "a bit of good news in the midst of economic hardship."
     "At the end of this year St. Croix will lose Delta as a major carrier and so we welcome these airlines that still believe in the Virgin Islands as a viable destination," said Delegate Christensen, a member of the House Travel and Tourism Caucus.
     "With all of the negative attention given to our economic situation, we welcome this small reprieve and the potential business it will bring. With the help of our Tourism Department I hope that we can all work together to market the Territory as the first class destination it is. I welcome our new partners and look forward to the many visitors that they will bring.
      Let us make sure that we do our part as a community to make them feel at home."
     Brief Background taken From the Continental Airlines Web site:
      Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A) is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,200 departures daily to 130 domestic and 85 international destinations. Operating major hubs in Newark, Houston and Cleveland, Continental ( has extensive service throughout the Americas, and to Europe and Asia. Continental recently initiated a strategic global alliance with Northwest Airlines. Continental is in the top half of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and has won first or second place Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power awards for four consecutive years. Continental has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin (Condé Nast Traveler, OAG Official Airline Guides, Entrepreneur and Smart Money magazines), OnePass frequent flyer program (InsideFlyer's Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management (Air Transport World's 1997 Airline of the Year).
     The United Airlines Web site states:
      United Airlines offers over 2,400 flights a day to 134 destinations in 27 countries and one U.S. territory. United Airlines' Internet address is