BELIZE CITY, Belize --- Air Jamaica will suspend its thrice-weekly service to Belize on June 2. Passengers holding confirmed bookings on any flight after June 1 will be accommodated on other carriers, the carrier said.

The flights, which operate Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Montego Bay and Belize City, began in November.

However, passenger bookings and yields on the route, which suffered setbacks during the buildup to the war in Iraq, "are too low for continuation of the service," according to John Lewis, Air Jamaica's executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

The service suspension is one of several cost-cutting measures begun both by the carrier and its tour arm, Air Jamaica Vacations, in March that have included reductions in staff, schedules and aircraft lease costs.

Chris Zacca, Air Jamaica's deputy chairman and chief executive, said the carrier "will continue to make prudent decisions to help guarantee the viability of the airline."

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