SAN JUAN --
American Eagle will launch daily service between San Juan and
Vieques, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 16, using Super ATR twin-engine
64-passenger aircraft. Bookings opened on Oct. 16.
The flight will
depart San Juans Luis Munoz Marin International Airport at 2:30
p.m. and arrive in Vieques at 2:59 p.m. The return flight will
leave Vieques at 3:30, arriving in San Juan at 4 p.m.
now at the Rivera Rodriguez Airport in Vieques are a lounge,
baggage facilities and a car rental booth for American Eagle
passengers. Through-checking of baggage will be offered so that
passengers can check luggage through to their final
The new building
will comply with Transportation Security Administration
requirements for security screening.
construction project at the airport was substantially funded by
Reig Capital Puerto Rico Inc., developer of the nearby 156-room
Martineau Bay Resort & Spa, according to Rabin Ortiz, general
The resort, which
was formerly under the Wyndham banner, will be converted to Ws
first Caribbean property by December 2006 at a cost of $25 million,
The new air service
and facility will make it a lot easier and more seamless for
travelers coming to Vieques, Ortiz said.
Current options from
San Juan include twin-engine, nine-passenger flights on Cape Air,
Vieques Air Link and smaller lines, including Flamenco Air and Air
Sunshine. There also is passenger ferry service from Fajardo (on
the mainland), Puerto Rico, to Vieques.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].