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American Airlines remains top flier to Jamaica

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

American Airlines remains the number one airline flying into Jamaica.

The carrier boarded 1,145,395 passengers in annual flights to and from Jamaica, giving it a market share of 37 per cent, according to global statistics from International Aviation Transportation Authority's Direct Data Solutions.

Its closest rivals are Delta, which has 20 per cent of the Jamaican market, followed by Southwest and JetBlue.

The airline says the Caribbean is an important part of its global network, where it serves 37 destinations.

It operates flights to Kingston from its hub in Miami, and to Montego Bay from Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Dallas Fort Worth.

"We have proudly served Jamaica for 40 years and currently fly 50 weekly flights between Jamaica and the USA," the airline said through its corporate communications unit.

The airline was not willing to divulge profits related to Jamaica or the Caribbean.

Worldwide, American operates in 350 destinations and 35,000 markets, with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

 

'PROFOUNDLY DIFFERENT SINCE MERGER'

 

Aiming to build investor confidence, Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said at an investor and media briefing in Fort Worth at the end of September that in 35 years, pre-merger with US Airways, the airline made just US$1 billion profit, but since the 2014 tie-up, those numbers have moved significantly year after year.

"We are an airline that is profoundly different since the merger. We are an airline that can project profits now," said Parker. American Airline expects to make US$7 billion profit this year.

Airline president Robert Islom said at the briefing that the carrier would be rolling out new improvements and predicts that its on-time departures, satellite Wi-Fi, in-seat power, larger overhead bins and thinner seats would continue to set it apart.

"We can reach eight times more passengers than Southwest and 48 times more than the low cost carrier Spirit, because of our customer segmentation," Islom said at the briefing.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com