Caribbean Star Airlines and Caribbean Sun Airlines have initiated several cost-cutting measures to optimize efficiency in order to fast-track future growth. All changes will be effective as of September 2006 and include the following:
Caribbean Sun Fleet Reduction
In line with previously announced plans to re-fleet/upgrade both carriers’ stable of Dash-8 turboprop aircraft, leases for two aging Caribbean Sun Dash-8 100 series aircraft will not be renewed and the aircraft will be removed from the fleet in September 2006.
Caribbean Sun Service Suspensions
To compensate for the loss of aircraft, Caribbean Sun will suspend service along three of its most unprofitable routes - St. Croix and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Caribbean Sun previously operated one daily nonstop flight in either direction between its hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and both St. Croix and Santiago. Service to/from St. Thomas included once-daily nonstop service to/from San Juan, twice-daily nonstop service to/from St. Maarten, twice-daily one-stop service to/from Antigua, and once-daily two-stop service to/from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The last Caribbean Sun flights to/from all three destinations will operate September 11, 2006.
Despite these moves, Caribbean Sun will continue to serve the Dominican Republic with the addition of new service between San Juan and Santo Domingo. The new service, which began July 19, 2006, features four daily nonstop flights in either direction, the most of any city-pair in the entire Caribbean Sun route network.
Caribbean Star Service Suspension
Additional unprofitable flying will be eliminated with the suspension of Caribbean Star service to/from Anguilla. Previously, Caribbean Star operated five weekly flights between Anguilla and its hub in Antigua, as well as five weekly flights between Anguilla and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The last Caribbean Star flights to/from Anguilla will operate September 11, 2006.