By: ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
Silver Airways plans to trim its flight schedule to Cuba starting early next year, becoming the second U.S. airline to reduce the frequency of flights to the island, Travel Weekly reported.
Between January and February, the airline — which flies out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) — plans to reduce the number of flights on six of its nine destinations to the island.
The frequency of flights from FLL to Camagüey will be reduced from five weekly trips to three; to Cayo Coco, from three weekly flights to two; to Holguín, to three per week instead of one daily flight; to Manzanillo, from three weekly flights to two; and to Varadero, Silver will trim its four weekly flights to three. Flights to Santiago will also be reduced in February from one daily flight to three per week, according to Routesonline.com.
“As with all of our network and all airlines, seasonal schedule adjustments are common to best match demand,” Silver Airways said in a statement. “We are pleased with bookings thus far particularly given that many major online travel agents have yet to begin selling U.S. carrier flights to Cuba.
“As codeshare connections and other distribution channels begin to open to Cuba, we will reassess individual route frequencies at that time,” the statement said.
Silver Airways began regular flights to the island in September. The airline does not offer flights to Havana.
The Silver Airways flights reduction follows American Airlines, which announced in November that it would cut nearly a quarter of its flights to Cuba early next year due to poor demand. American, the U.S. carrier with most flights to the island, had scheduled five daily flights to Havana and 56 weekly flights to other Cuban cities. But just over a month into operation, many of the flights were going half empty.