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American Airlines Won't Abandon Caribbean

By December 4, 2012

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American Eagle has had its wings clipped, American Airlines is bankrupt, and the airline has trimmed its Caribbean routes and is no longer the dominant carrier out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. But that doesn't mean that the airline is turning its back on the Caribbean, officials say.

Travel Weekly reported that Art Torno, American's vice president for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, says the airline plans to expand Caribbean service through its Miami hub even as regional flights originating in San Juan have been cut back. Sixty percent growth in service from Miami is forecast, he said.

"This year, which has been a transitional year and a challenging one in regard to our restructuring process, which began 11 months ago, we increased service to 28 international destinations from Miami, including 12 in the Caribbean," Torno noted.

St. Kitts, for example, has received two extra weekly winter flights from American out of Miami, after losing AA service from San Juan. American Eagle will complete its pullout from San Juan in March 2013.

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December 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(1) Max says:

Mr. Curley, you stated that American Airlines is no longer the dominant carrier in the Carribean region. I was not aware of this, who has replaced American as the region’s dominant carrier?

December 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm
(2) Simon says:

Robert, the article is factually incorrect. American Airlines remains the dominant carrier in the Caribbean. It’s dominance is not as overwhelming as it was ten years ago, as JetBlue has eaten into its marketshare especially, but it’s Caribbean ASMs (available seat miles) is more than double the size of anybody else.

December 5, 2012 at 8:03 am
(3) gocaribbean says:

Hi Max and Simon: Yes, what I should have said is that American is no longer the dominant carrier out of San Juan — JetBlue is. I’ll fix the article, thanks.

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