American Airlines to Cutback Caribbean Operations Further
Published on December 28, 2010
by Global News Staff
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — American Airlines and American Eagle have announced that they will be making more cuts to the company’s San Juan operations with an additional five-route cancellation from April 2011.
A CMC report stated that four Caribbean destinations — Anguilla, La Romana, Port of Spain and Puerto Plata — are among the latest to be chopped from the airlines’ schedule. Also to be dropped from the schedule is Washington Dulles.
The planned reductions, including five that were announced in September also to take effect on April 3, 2011, will leave American Airlines and American Eagle with a combined 36 daily flights, down from 58 at present, as they pull back their once-huge Caribbean operations.
American Airlines spokeswoman Martha Pantin said the company has no estimate of the number of employees to be affected by the schedule changes.
American launched its Caribbean service in 1971 when it bought Trans Caribbean Airlines. It opened a connecting hub in San Juan in 1966, by growing it by 2001 to 135 flights operated by American and American Eagle.
Reprinted from Caribbean News Now!