Report: American Eagle ready to quit on Puerto Rico


Regional affiliate of American Airlines is planning to end its operations in Puerto Rico in 2013, a Puerto Rican newspaper reports.

El Vocero reported that in an attempts to shave $75 million in labor costs per year, the American Eagle will close its Puerto Rico operations by March 2013. The newspaper cites a Friday memo from the Association of Flight Attendants to American Eagle’s roughly 150 employees in Puerto Rico.

The flight attendants union did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

According to AP, American Airlines spokeswoman Dori Alvarez said only that the airline has not made any schedule change announcements for American Eagle in San Juan.

American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.