In an unusual move, Grenada has asked American Airlines to scale back its daily service from Miami to three flights a week, effective in early February.

"In view of the world economic situation and to protect our $1.5 million revenue guarantee to American Airlines, we thought it prudent to protect this vital route before the economy could force a complete pullout by the airline," said Michael McIntyre, chairman of Grenada's Airlift Committee.

The carrier began its daily flight from Miami to Grenada on Nov. 2, complementing American Eagle's four flights per week from San Juan.

McIntyre reported that November load factors "were not so good." Peak-season numbers will "really tell the story," he said. 

Tourism officials are banking on the daily flight to provide a visitor boost by making Grenada more accessible from the U.S.

In 1999, American eliminated Grenada service, claiming it was not economically viable. McIntyre and the airlift committee had negotiated for the new Miami service for the past two years.

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