American Airlines Planes In St. Kitts
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
May 30, 2008 (CUOPM)
American Airlines will continue to fly into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport from John F. Kennedy International Airport and Miami International, but American Eagle will reduce its daily service from San Juan to Nevis and St. Kitts.
American Airlines announced Friday it will reduce its flights into San Juan, Puerto Rico hub from 38 daily flights to 18 daily flights from September 3rd. American Eagle will also reduce its Caribbean schedule from 55 daily departures from San Juan, Puerto Rico to 33 come September 3rd.
While American Airlines will continue its schedule from Miami and New York, American Eagle will reduce its flights to St. Kitts from 3 to 1 and to Nevis, from two to one flight daily.
American will no longer offer non-stop, daily service to San Juan from Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Orlando, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.
American will continue to offer nonstop service to San Juan from Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia and Hartford.
In the Caribbean, American Airlines will no longer serve Antigua, St. Maarten and Santo Domingo with jet service out of San Juan.
American Eagle will eliminate daily flights from San Juan to Aruba as well as to Samana, Dominican Republic. Both destinations will continue to be served daily from Miami.
American Eagle will continue to serve San Juan with 33 daily flights to the following destinations: Anguilla; Antigua; Barbados; Bonaire; Canouan; Curacao; Dominica; Martinique; La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Nevis; St. Croix; St. Kitts; St. Lucia; St. Marten; St. Thomas; Tortola; and Trinidad.
However Eagle flights daily will be reduced from six to two between St. Croix; from 9 to 2 between St. Thomas; from 3 to 1 between St. Kitts; from 2 to 1 between Nevis and from 8 to 3 between the British Virgin Islands.
American Eagle also plans to move some of its 66-seat Super ATR-72 turboprops to Dallas and will ground its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340s (the carrier has 26 of these planes).
In a message to employees, Bowler said that “the crisis in the airline business is real, and the steps American is taking to reduce its schedule are necessary.”