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U.S. airlines threaten to scale back island service over Bahamas tax hikes

Excerpt from Bahamas Tribune

Jul 09, 2013 12:22 pm

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If the airlines make good on their threats, it could cost the Bahamian tourism industry $20 million in revenues.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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A June 28, 2013, letter to [Bahamas] Customs Comptroller Charles Turner from the Airlines for America coalition, which represents key operators such as Jet Blue, Delta and American Airlines, warned that its members “may be forced to reconsider their service levels to the Bahamas”.

The letter, which has been obtained by Tribune Business, expressed particular unhappiness at the late notice provided by Customs to the airline industry of the tax/fee increases.

Keith Glatz, Airlines for America’s (A4A) vice-president of international affairs, warned Mr Turner in no uncertain terms that the new charges threatened his members’ “exceedingly slim profit margins” and could “undermine the desire to stimulate the Bahamas’ economy”.

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