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Air JA suspends St. Lucia route

Published:Friday | February 15, 2008 | 10:37 AM

The national airline, Air Jamaica is to suspend flights to St. Lucia as of April 1.

Air Jamaica’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Paul Pennicook said the route suspension is part of a restructuring exercise at the company.

Mr. Pennicook said it was difficult to decide on suspending the St. Lucia route, but the route cannot be sustained without a large subsidy.

Under its restructuring programme, the airline has cut staff salaries in Miami, through a new work schedule.

The sales staff in New York and Chicago and the marketing team in Florida were sent home.

Last year, the airline was forced to sell its Heathrow slots to Virgin Atlantic, after losing US$27 million on that route annually.

Air Jamaica is losing US$100 million each year.