Air Jamaica Increasing Flights From New York to Grenada

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica's struggling national carrier Air Jamaica will increase weekly flights to the Caribbean island of Grenada from New York in a bid to boost regional tourism, an official said.

The decision came a week after Air Jamaica announced it would resume flights to St. Lucia, after a nearly yearlong suspension.

The New York-Grenada route "has been doing well for us, and we believe it is a good thing for tourism in Grenada and the Caribbean" to increase the number of weekly flights from six to eight, airline spokeswoman Sandrea Falconer said Wednesday.

The additional flights will begin by Feb. 23.

Air Jamaica reduced service in March to Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia, in an attempt to recover from losses due to higher fuel costs and a drop in passengers after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The airline, which has restarted flights to the other two islands, will resume service to St. Lucia with three times a week nonstop flights from New York in February.

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