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Flights In The Caribbean

Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:15 pm

What are the yields on flights within the central and eastern Caribbean like?

Are most passengers flying in the Caribbean doing so for pleasure or for business reasons or for both? Roughly what percentage for each?
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RE: Flights In The Caribbean

Tue Nov 25, 2003 10:47 pm

All the fights into the caribbean at this time of year are full. I live in Grenada and our direct filghts from LGW, FRA, JFK, PHL and YYZ with various airliners are full. Some our passengers connect in MBJ, POS or BGI and those intra caribbean flights are also very full. THe majority of the flight are passengers heading off for a vacation in the sun. Business travellers are here and there but not the most popular type of passenger on any of the flights for sure. Our main business destination is POS and MIA.

We have three airliners from LGW (Virgiin, BA and Excel)
One from PHL (US AIrways)
One from JFK (AIr Jamaica)
One from FRA (COndor)

All other passengers connect on regional carriers like Caribbean Star, Liat and BWIA.

BGI is another island that excellent loads and freqent service. THey are served daily by VS, BA, US, AA, BW, JM, AC and other charter services.
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RE: Flights In The Caribbean

Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:20 pm

I pretty sure American Eagle has SJU-GND as well. Pretty full ATR I hear.
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RE: Flights In The Caribbean

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:01 am

Thanks for your replies. However, I did actually say "within the central and eastern Caribbean" so I didn't mean flights from the US, Canada, Europe or anywhere else. Sorry for any confusion. I meant inter-Caribbean flights.
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RE: Flights In The Caribbean

Fri Nov 28, 2003 3:03 am

Flights between SJU and The Eastern Caribbean on AAEagle are usually connecting passengers from AA's mainline flights from the USA (pax on these flights are usually islanders coming back home to visit friends and relatives). Flights from SJU to AUA, CUR, SXM, PUJ, POP, Casa de Campo, STT- mainly cater to Puerto Ricans going on Holiday and Flights from San Juan to Santo Domingo and Santiago mainly caters to the big Dominican Community in Puerto Rico. These tickets are usually very expensive - for ex. an avergae fare from SJU to SDQ averages at $330.00 on American Eagle (this for a 35 min flight)
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RE: Flights In The Caribbean

Fri Nov 28, 2003 3:54 am

Yeah American Eagle has a daily ATR service to and from SJU. IN the busy season that increases to two flights to and from SJU.

Those flights as mentioned are usually full. Mostly passengers connecting from other flights from the mainland US.

Now that would be considered intra Caribbean so it can answer your question. Flights wittin Caribbean are also doing quite well. In GND we have Caribbean Star, LIAT, BWIA and Air Jamaica. With Caribbean star and LIAT the flights are island hoppers, so it depends on which islands got the seats sold first you would have a lot of intransit passengers on board the aircraft, and few boarding out of your station. In any case the aircraft is usually full when it takes off. They both operate the Dash8 100 and 300 series. The fights from one island to the next is usually about 30 mins. With BGI it would be 45mins. The fares are pretty cheap. It can cost you USD50 with out tax for a return 4 day trip to Trinidad, St Vincent, St Lucia and even Barbados at times. The further the island though the more expensive the ticket.

BWIA serves Grenada from Trinidad twice a day with a Dash8-300. This flight again has quite a lot of passengers connecting from or to another international BW destination. The morning flights is usually passengers going on to MIA, IAD or IN / MKJP), Jamaica">KIN. The evening flights are usually passengers going on to YYZ, JFK and LHR. Their flights are usually full and sometimes overbooked.

Air Jamaica serves Antigua, Montego Bay and St Lucia from Grenada. Most of the passengers again, are passengers connecting in MBJ to international JM destinations. JM serves quite a few cities in the US and they all get their passengers.

Hope that answers your question somewhat.
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