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American Eagle React to Air Jamaica’s Phasing Out of Service to Bonaire

The Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and the islands government have announced that after negotiations with American Eagle, effective July 2 through September 5, 2005 the airline will offer daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Bonaire. From September 6, 2005 to May 30, 2006 American Eagle will operate five round-trip flights per week to/from Bonaire. During this time period the southbound flight to Bonaire will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the northbound flight to San Juan will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

American Eagle announced this new flight schedule as Air Jamaica revealed its plan to reduce and suspend service to Bonaire. Beginning June 27, 2005 Air Jamaica’s Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday flights to/from Bonaire will no longer operate.

The Saturday flight to/from Bonaire will continue to operate until August 28, 2005, at which time Air Jamaica will no longer offer service to Bonaire. This announcement comes just months after Air Jamaica began a corporate restructuring program to improve the viability of the airline by increasing efficiency and reducing operating costs.