ANGUILLA--Direct air access from the USA to Anguilla may soon be possible with a signing expected on Tuesday with JetBlue Airways.

  Minister of Infrastructure and Communications, Curtis Richardson along with Parliamentary Secretary Cardigan Connor, Permanent Secretary Larry Franklin and Chair of the Anguilla Tourist Board, Donna Banks are currently in New York and were set to hold discussions with officials from JetBlue Airlines on Sunday, December 1. The talks are in regard to direct flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Anguilla.

  Before leaving Anguilla on Friday, Connor said there was appreciation for access through St. Maarten and for the ferry service, but a direct flight would encourage even more persons to come to Anguilla.

  He said private sector tourism properties were assisting government with the project. The signing of the agreement is planned for Tuesday, December 3.

  The flights will originally be weekly from Fort Lauderdale but will increase as passenger numbers increase and future plans are for flights from Boston, Massachusetts; and New York, New York. The plane will be an 80-seater and is likely to start operations within four to six months after the signing.