BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Reports from the Caribbean Tourism Organization indicate that several carriers will increase service from the U.S. to the Caribbean this winter. In addition, intra-Caribbean airlines will coordinate their flight schedules to facilitate easier onward connections from various gateways.

Here's a rundown:

• Air Jamaica will reschedule its five-times-a-week service from Orlando to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to permit same-day onward service to other Caribbean destinations.

• American will add service from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, effective Nov. 1. Seasonal nonstop flights between Boston and St. Thomas will resume Nov. 1 and will run through May 1.

Also, Dec. 19, American will launch nonstop weekend service between Los Angeles and San Juan and increase its frequencies from San Juan to other U.S. points.

• BonairExel, a new carrier in Bonaire, began service Aug. 18 from Boston to Aruba and Curacao and between Aruba and Curacao and plans to add service to St. Maarten.

• Cayman Airways plans to launch service between Chicago and Grand Cayman for the winter season.

• Continental will launch Newark-Port-of-Spain,Trinidad flights in December.

• Delta Connection will offer two daily nostop flights between Atlanta and Grand Bahama Island, beginning Oct. 15, subject to government approval.

• US Airways will launch daily service from Boston to San Juan Oct. 26, a route that currently operates on Saturdays and Sundays. Also from Boston, on Feb. 14 the carrier plans to offer service (subject to foreign government approval) to Montego Bay four days a week, to Aruba Saturdays only and to Nassau Saturdays only.

In addition, US Airways will introduce weekly nonstop service between Charlotte, N.C., and La Romana, Dominican Republic, Dec. 13 and a new direct flight from Charlotte to St. Croix on Saturdays. US Airways will also begin nonstop service between Washington (Dulles) and San Juan Nov. 1 with connecting service on Caribbean Sun to St. Kitts and Tortola.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].


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