The first nonstop commercial flights between the U.S. mainland and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are expected to begin operating sometime this summer.
Up to now, most U.S. travelers have reached this floating Caribbean paradise by catching a connecting flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or taking a plane to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and riding a ferry.
But if all goes as planned, British Virgin Island Airways will soon be offering service between Miami and the BVI's largest island, Tortola. The carrier is still awaiting final clearance from the FAA.
A more convenient way of reaching the BVI from the U.S. could increase the islands' tourism numbers. Last year the territory received 406,000 overnight visitors, according to the tourism board, and 70% of those guests were Americans.
British Virgin Island Airways is also looking into operating flights from New York and Orlando.