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Vieques Air Link Merges With Seaborne Airlines To Provide Expanded Service From Each Air Carrier

SEABORNE MERGER WITH VIEQUES: Seaborne Airlines, which already has an interline agreement with Jet Blue, now has a codeshare agreeement with Vieques Air Link (VAL) also.

SAN JUAN —Seaborne Airlines and Vieques Air Link, two of Puerto Rico’s leading airlines, said today it now has a distribution partnership and codeshare agreement. Under this alliance, both airlines open new destinations to their respective customers, the airlines said in a statement released today.

Seaborne Airlines will host Vieques Air Link’s scheduled itineraries on their reservation system. With this addition, customers have new destinations to explore with seamless connections, the airline said, adding that the new destinations for Seaborne include: Culebra (CPX) and Vieques (VQS) .

The airlines said that Vieques Air Link customers will also benefit from this partnership with better connections throughout the Caribbean and stateside using the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan (SJU) where Seaborne has interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines among others. Vieques Air Link Customers flying on Seaborne will enjoy the benefit of traveling on a single ticket, which allows for one-stop check-in, baggage transfers, and convenient connections in San Juan.

“This agreement combines Seaborne Airlines’ experience serving exciting Caribbean destinations with Vieques Air Link established roots in the market. Booking, ticketing and itinerary will be more convenient than ever before, said Ben Munson, CEO of Seaborne Airlines. “I’m confident that our customers, especially Puerto Rico residents, will all benefit as a result of this agreement.” Munson Added.

“Now our customers will benefit from direct transfers using the San Juan International SJU Airport,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and general manager of Vieques Air Link. “This connectivity will bring convenience and flexibility to all tourism and residents as well. The combination of two of Puerto Rico’s leading airlines is the beginning of a comprehensive Caribbean routes coverage like no other in the airline industry.”

Initially, Seaborne will place its ‘BB’ designator code on Vieques Air Link routes allowing customers to reach more destinations on a single itinerary. These means that flight will be sold as Seaborne Airlines and they will be able to reserve flights in the next 60 days. Flights would be distributed via the Seaborne Airlines website, online travel agencies (OTAs), and the major Global Distribution Systems (GDS).

About Seaborne Airlines
Seaborne Airlines, the largest Caribbean based regional airline for almost 25 years, operates iconic seaplanes and an airport based fleet that service the beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean, carrying approximately three million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 11 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane Base, Anguilla, Tortola, Dominica, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis. All Flights operate with two pilots and two engines.

About Vieques Air Link

Located on the beautiful island of Vieques with more than 50 daily flights to several cities on the “big island” of Puerto Rico, Culebra and the US and British Virgin Islands, Vieques Air Link is the perfect way to enjoy many Caribbean attractions and make the most of your trip. Vieques Air Link has highly qualified pilots, certified mechanics and more than 80 employees committed to give each passenger the best possible service and flight experience.

Vieques Air Link is an FAA Certified Air Carrier, founded in 1965, along with their scheduled flights, they also offer personalized charter and cargo services.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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