American Eagle adds flights out of Puerto Rico

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American Eagle adds flights out of Puerto Rico

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American Eagle adds flights out of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tourism officials in Puerto Rico are welcoming American Eagle's decision to restore dozens of Caribbean flights.

American Eagle is the regional subsidiary of American Airlines.

Tourism company director Jaime Lopez Diaz says the 109 new weekly flights to eight destinations will bring $21 million to Puerto Rico's economy. The flights start May 1.

American Eagle last year cut flights out of San Juan by half amid higher fuel prices and a worsening economy. The cuts were a blow to regional tourism.

Lopez said Monday the new flights bring Puerto Rico nearly back to pre-cutback levels.

American says it restored the flights because Puerto Rico increased efforts to promote itself as a shopping, medical and entertainment destination for people in the Caribbean.

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From Travel Weekly
American Eagle beefs up San Juan schedule for the summer
By: Gay Nagle Myers
April 08, 2009

American Eagle will add 109 weekly flights from San Juan to eight Caribbean destinations on May 1. The flights will be in effect through Labor Day.

The increase in airlift is part of a Caribbean marketing effort by the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) to create new demand for Puerto Rico in specialized markets such as medical, shopping and entertainment-based tourism.

"This will result in an economic impact of more than $21 million for Puerto Rico," said Jaime Lopez Diaz, PRTC executive director.

American Eagle last year cut its schedule of flights from San Juan in half, citing higher fuel prices and a worsening economy.

The new schedule from San Juan calls for three daily flights to St. Maarten, up from one; seven daily flights to Tortola, St. Croix and St. Thomas, all of which had three daily flights; a daily flight to Guadeloupe, up from four a week; a daily flight to Martinique, up from three a week; a daily flight to Trinidad, up from four a week, and four weekly flights to Grenada, up from three.

With the additional flights, American Eagle will operate between 48 and 50 daily flights to and from San Juan.

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