Caribbean islands facing service cuts as high season approaches

11/10/2008 | NYTimes.com

The International Air Transport Association predicts popular Caribbean destinations like the Bahamas and Puerto Rico will see fewer flights this winter compared to last year, as both U.S. legacy carriers and local airlines cut back on service. Discount carriers like JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines could take up some of the slack, but less overall service could mean higher prices throughout the region. Analyst Hunter Keay of Stifel Nicolaus says air travel in general is becoming a "mid-priced luxury good" as "capacity cuts are really just starting to get legs now."

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