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EC Xpress Ending Service After Only A Year

Fri Apr 20, 2001 1:52 am

Citing increased service offered by other airlines , resulting in an excessive number of seats . EC Xpress Director Allen Chastanet announced that the St. Lucia based Air Jamaica subsidiary has terminated service in the Eastern Caribbean after less than a year in operation.
Beggining operations in April 2000 EC Express provided service from its Barbados hub to Dominica,Grenada,St. Lucia,St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago . Among its competitors were American Eagle,LIAT,Caribbean Star,BWIA Express . Chastanet said Air Jamaica would transfer the EC Express aircraft and many of its personnel as possible to Air Jamaica's Montego Bay hub to help serve the increased demand there, and to enhance service in the market to destinations like the Bahamas, the D.R and Grand Cayman .
Chastanet thanked the governments and people of the countries the airline served for their support , and indicated the airline served for their support, and indicated a "willingnessto evaluate a retoration of ops. should market the conditions change in the future"
Meanwhile Liat announced it is increasing its number of flights out of Barbados to 280 weekly , offering 12,000 seats
-All of this news comes from Caribbean Business
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RE: EC Xpress Ending Service After Only A Year

Sat Apr 21, 2001 11:24 pm

Yes Chepos, EC Xpress has folded its wings. It did so on 31 March 2001. At the time of its demise it served Barbados, St. Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and Port of Spain from its St. Lucia headquarters. It would have started flying to Tobago in May had it survived.

ECX complained about increased seat capacity on other airlines when it started flying - but that is exactly the same complaint given by parent company Air Jamaica when it dropped POS in October 2000 after only 3 months. What JM always fails to recognize (or admit publicly, more likely) is that its own introduction of service gives rise to overcapacity. The Caribbean markets are very small; Trinidad, the largest, has 1.3 million people while the others have tiny fractions of that amount. As such, the scope for providing air services is limited from the outset. Furthermore, people in the Islands tend to travel along fixed routes in well-defined patterns, with certain inter-island trunk routes and international services being popular. LIAT has always served the Islands with a trunk route system in which a flight may stop at 5 or more islands, thus catering for the inter-island traffic. BWee Express came with hub-and-spokes to POS and BGI, linking the other islands to the international flights. With BWIA a household name in the region and its serving core international markets favoured by West Indians (MIA, JFK, YYZ, LHR) its inter-island Dash 8 services are also doing well. JM largely tried to impose an airline mostly seen as foreign to the Eastern Caribbean (JM traditionally is all about Jamaica only) in direct competition with BWIA and LIAT but has not been successful, as its brand is not established here and its services proved superfluous to demand. At least JM started JFK-BGI-UVF (St. Lucia) flights which have been successful as they have targeted the tourist market and replaced AA services in large part.

Goodbye EC Xpress. Another Caribbean airline bites the dust, following Air Aruba and Air Caribbean last year.

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