Hope Springs Eternal as First US Flights in Over 4 Months Land in Sint Maarten (VIDEO)

It’s been a long time coming — since March 17, 2020, actually — that a flight originating in the United States landed at Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport with arriving tourists aboard. On Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11:19 am, a Jet Blue A320 landed in Sint Maarten and off stepped exactly 83 American tourists who, no doubt, were delighted to be arriving in this Caribbean paradise.

We all know the risks, but the reality is that as I type this article there are American tourists frolicking on a beach in Sint Maarten. For the local economy, that’s a very good thing. In all, four flights arrived yesterday from the US.

So, today we celebrate the return of US tourism and their beautiful dollars to Sint Maarten. For their part, the government of Sint Maarten has implemented strict entry requirements and protocols. Those steps should help the island identify any tourists that may be infected with the virus.

Here are a few videos pulled from social media that show the flight arriving, taxiing, and passengers deplaning.

Jet Blue flight soars over Maho Beach as it lands (via Magic of the Caribbean):



Jet Blue A320 taxi and water salute upon arrival (via SMN News):



US tourists deplane and step into paradise (via Ministry of TEATT SXM):



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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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