Air Jamaica suspends service to Belize

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 19            May 22, 2003

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    Press Release - Air Jamaica - May 20th, 2003 - Air Jamaica will suspend services to Belize on Monday, June 2nd, 2003. Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer John Lewis, says passenger bookings and yields on the route area are too low for the continuation of this service.

   Passengers holding confirmed bookings on any flight to Belize after June 1st, 2003, will be accommodated on other airlines.

    Air Jamaica began service to Belize in November last year. At first, the route showed much promise, but suffered major setbacks with the buildup to war between the United States and Iraq.

    Since early March, Jamaica's national airline has instituted a number of measures aimed at cutting costs and trying to keep the airline afloat as the crisis in the airline industry deepened.

    Air Transport Association (ATA) President, James May has blamed the weak US economy and concerns over SARS for the worsened state of the industry. He says that many airlines continue to reduce their capacity to lower operating costs and deal with a fall-out in the industry.

    Air Jamaica takes this opportunity to thank the Government and the people of Belize for their support during its short stay.
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