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Airlines pulling out of Cuba because of low demand

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 2:24 PM

The US-based low cost carrier Spirit Airlines says it plans to stop flying to Cuba.

This is because the loads are insufficient to continue flying to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island.

Spirit Airlines is the third airline to announce plans to stop flying to Cuba.

Silver Airways will pull out as of April 22, and Frontier Airlines will have its last flight to Cuba on June 4.

President and CEO of Spirit, Bob Fornardo, reportedly told the Sun Sentinel newspaper that the cost of serving Havana continues to outweigh the demand for service.

As a result, Spirit will gradually scale down the number of flights to the Cuban capital before halting service on June 1.

The decision comes five months after the low cost carrier started flights twice daily between Fort Lauderdale's Hollywood International and Havana International airports.