SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Caribbean Sun Airlines, which was slated
to begin service from its San Juan hub to the U.S. Virgin Islands
Dec. 11, has been temporarily barred from operating in the U.S.V.I.
while airline and government officials wrangle over the airline's
The U.S.V.I. government denied Caribbean Sun permission to
register its name as a foreign corporation doing business in the
U.S.V.I. because its name is similar to two other firms and would
Sun Airways -- which chartered two flights in December 1998 and
January 1999 and then ceased operations -- and Caribbean Airline
Acquisitions, a local firm, are the two entities.
Caribbean Sun was to have launched U.S.V.I. service from San
Juan with three daily roundtrips to St. Thomas and one daily
roundtrip to St. Croix.
Airline attorney Tim Bolt said that more than 1,500 people will
be stranded over the next two weeks "as a result of this
Both sides are trying to work out a deal for "speedy
resolution," Bolt said.
The U.S.V.I. attorney general's office is expected to rule on
the matter shortly. Caribbean Sun, the official commuter line for
US Airways, began operations Jan. 21, and provides regular service
between San Juan and Tortola (British Virgin Islands), Antigua, St.
Maarten and St. Kitts.
Caribbean Sun and its sister airline Caribbean Star serve 15
destinations within the Caribbean with more than 120 flights a
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