A Seaborne Airlines plane. (Internet image)
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines is being sold to US carrier Silver Airways.
Seaborne, which operates flights across the eastern Caribbean, is being sold because of financial strain caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The airline says most of the countries serviced, including Puerto Rico, the British and United States Virgin Islands, Dominica and St Maarten were significantly impacted by the category five hurricanes.
“While the company’s business has enjoyed a remarkable recovery since the 2017 hurricanes, the financial stress caused during the recovery period coupled with legacy liabilities have made it necessary to seek reorganization protection,” said acting CEO of Seaborne Airlines, Ben Munson.
Seaborne said the airline’s day-to-day operations will “continue as normal” and will not be disrupted by the sale.
The company said it will also maintain its ‘codeshare’ partnerships that facilitate easy connections with other partner airlines.
Although financial stress from the hurricanes encouraged the airline to sell, Seaborne had entered into negotiations with Silver Airways months ago.
It is said that the sale will result in the two airlines will combining fleets. (CMC)