American Eagle to cut flights to Anguilla starting March 13

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American Eagle to cut flights to Anguilla starting March 13

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jan 28, 2010

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American Eagle to cut flights to Anguilla starting March 13
By Anguilla Express Correspondent
1/27/10

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Jan 27 – American Eagle Airlines, which currently services the Anguilla-San Juan, Puerto Rico route, has announced that effective March 13, 2010 it will be cutting back on the number of weekly flights to the island.

The company’s Regional Manager Evette Negron has advised that the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) that American Eagle will be reducing its service to Anguilla from seven to three days a week starting in mid March.

The American Eagle official said the airline will be flying into Anguilla on Saturday, Sunday and Monday only; with a scheduled flight departing San Juan, Puerto Rico at 2.35 pm. A return flight will depart Wall Blake, Anguilla at 3.35 pm.

Ms. Negron cited “very low load factors” for the decision by American Eagle and notes that the airline will need to see an increase in the passenger loads in order to justify the daily service to Anguilla.

A local hotel and tourism official said Donna Banks, Special Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, has contacted Ms. Negron and will issue an official government position shortly.

Caribbean Airline LIAT also provides a daily service to Anguilla in addition to a number of small , privately aircraft several of them locally owned.

Tourism accounts for more than 70 percent of the island’s foreign exchange earnings.

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