ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The last American Eagle flight from Puerto Rico to Antigua landed on island yesterday, ending the carrier’s 23-year run between the two islands.
Since last year, there have been rumours that the airline would nix its subsidiary’s flights in the region – a fact that was confirmed in March, with an April 1end date.
The financially strapped international carrier decided to discontinue its daily route to the nation amid continuing financial difficulties.
The recent move leaves regional carrier, LIAT, with a virtual monopoly on travel between San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and VC Bird International Airport.
In a recent interview with OBSERVER media, CEO of the Tourism Authority, Colin James, said there would be “less of an impact” on the nation because there are currently other flights.
A direct flight from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to Antigua flies four times a week. There is also daily service to the country via Miami.
Flights from Puerto Rico to Dominica, Guadeloupe, St Kitts, St Croix, St Thomas and Tortola are amongst others that would be affected.
American Airlines plans to return its fleet to its lessors.