Martinique gets expanded American Eagle service

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Martinique gets expanded American Eagle service

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Martinique gets expanded American Eagle service

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, April 2, 2009 - Martinique appears to be rebounding from February's general strike with a newly expanded air service from American Eagle Airlines.

From the start of next month, the American carrier will offer daily service between its hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Martinique's capital, Fort-de-France.

The new daily service replaces previous the American Eagle service, which operated four times weekly.

"This is a wonderful boost for tourism in Martinique following the just concluded general strike among our local unions," said Muriel Wiltord, director of the Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA.

"The strike may have had a minimal impact on tourism, but we intend to put forth a maximum effort to ensure a successful year for our travel industry partners and visitors to the island. This is a great start to that maximum effort, and I hope to have more good news to share soon."

The strike action began in the French overseas region of Guadeloupe on January 20th and spread to neighbouring Martinique. It crippled the islands.

The general strikes began over the cost of living, the prices of basic commodities, including fuel and food and demands for an increase in the monthly salaries of low income workers.

The protests ended after union leaders reached agreement with employers on a pay raise.

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