French police on Guadeloupe dismantled barricades along streets leading to Le Raizet Airport on Friday, so tourists could depart the island on American's daily flight to Miami.

Visitors had been confined to hotels since the protests on Guadeloupe turned violent earlier in this week.

American Eagle planned to reinstate its regular schedule of four weekly flights from San Juan to Guadeloupe. The schedule had been cut to one flight a week when the protests escalated, according to airline spokeswoman Minette Valez.

Valez gave no timetable for the full resumption of service, just that it would be "soon." The flights, however, will arrive and depart in the morning rather than in the evening, Valez said.

Martinique's schedule of four weekly American Eagle flights from San Juan remained intact.

Meanwhile, following crisis talks in Paris with Caribbean lawmakers, the French government pledged $730 million in economic aid to Guadeloupe and Martinique to raise living standards and wages.

President Nicolas Sarkozy also said he would convene a summit in Guadeloupe to address the high prices and unemployment that prompted the month-long strike on Guadeloupe, which later spread to Martinique. No date has been set for the summit.

Club Med announced that its La Caravelle resort on Guadeloupe will remain closed through March 6.

Muriel Wiltord, director of the Martinique Promotion Bureau, said the impact of the protest actions "will be seen in cancellations in March and later. Initially, we received many visitors who were re-routed from Guadeloupe but now people are nervous even though our resorts are open. The sporadic protests are limited to areas around Fort de France and not in the tourist areas."

A shortage of gasoline has led to long lines at the gas stations that are open, Wiltord said.


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