The Observer Staff

(Basseterre, St. Kitts) – Delta Airlines is poised to begin weekly Saturday flights between Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., and the Federation commencing Feb. 16, according to company officials.

“We are starting on the 16th. It is a go,” Carlos Santos of Delta corporate communications said.

The flight will leave Atlanta at 10 a.m. and arrive in St. Kitts at 2:50 p.m. It will depart St. Kitts at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 6:50 p.m. It is a non-stop flight offering coach and business class seats.

Delta will be operating a Boeing 737-800, which seats up to 150 passengers.

The new service will not only offer travellers coming to the Federation a new option, but give local residents an opportunity to connect easily with the rest of the world, Gilberto Tejera, Delta’s sales manager for the Caribbean, said.

“People from St. Kitts will be able to connect to most of the U.S. Europe, Africa and Canada,” he said. “In March, Delta begins flying to China.”

The Atlanta airport offers more than 1,000 connections a day and handles the most passengers in the world each year, Mr. Tejera said.

The 7 p.m. arrival time “is an excellent time for connections,” he said.

“Delta is shifting from a standard (U.S.) domestic carrier,” he said. “We are the fastest-growing airline in the Caribbean and Latin America. We’re growing by leaps and bounds.”

The airline is working to make improve its serve, Mr. Tejera said.

“We’re always asking, ‘What can we do different? What can we do better?’ There’s always room for improvement,” he said.