Spirit Airlines: 9 new destinations, 5 domestic routes begin in September 2018



Spirit Airlines: 9 new destinations, 5 domestic routes begin in September

By on June 14, 2018

SAN JUAN – Starting Oct. 4, Spirit Airlines will begin offering service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to 11 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, including daily flights to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, as well as three more domestic routes shortly afterward.

Among the new routes are four weekly flights between Orlando and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (SDQ) from Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, and daily flights starting Nov. 8, all subject to government approval. Also, the airline will carry out three weekly flights between Orlando and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, (STT) starting Nov. 8.

“We have been proud to serve Orlando for 25 years, and after more than doubling service last year, we are so proud to be expanding there yet again,” Bob Fornaro, Spirit’s CEO, said in the announcing release. “The region is not only a wonderful, family-friendly destination, but it is well-positioned to now serve as a gateway to the Carribean and Latin America.”Spirit will now provide the Orlando region with nonstop service to and from 38 destinations, with up to 49 daily flights across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.

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When will Uber arrive at Puerto Rico’s main airport?


When will Uber arrive at Puerto Rico’s main airport?

By on June 15, 2018

Editor’s note: This report first appeared in the June 14-20 issue of Caribbean Business

More than two months after the Public Service Commission (CSP by its Spanish initials) eliminated any obstacles to allow transport network companies (ERT by its Spanish initials) to pick up passengers at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM by its Spanish initials), very little is known on the status of this issue.

Long before May 5, the date on which the new CSP regulations went into force—which, among other declarations said Puerto Rico was a tourist destination—Uber has shown great interest in operating from the LMM. In fact, on April 12, 2017, and after a work stoppage by taxi drivers, the Tourism Co. signed an administrative order so private cars, such as those used by Uber drivers, could satisfy weekend demand for transport services. During that (three-day) weekend, Uber made 6,000 trips to and from the LMM during the first 48 hours.

“We have a commitment with users, and we are waiting for Aerostar to give us an answer about these conditions to operate at the airport. If it were up to us, this would have been done a long time ago, but we did not have the regulations from the Public Service Commission to do it, and we do not have that agreement with Aerostar. The regulation establishes that we have to reach an agreement with the airport operator to be able to start operations,” said Julie Robinson, Uber spokesperson for Central America & the Caribbean, to Caribbean Business two weeks ago, while Aerostar announced in the island’s national media that it had already started negotiations.

It was not until the beginning of this past week that Uber notified Caribbean Business that it received a response from Aerostar that formally initiated the negotiations. “The company’s objective is to comply with the regulations and ensure Puerto Ricans’ welfare,” Robinson said.

Aerostar’s mandate to establish its conditions for ERTs is contained in the regulation already in place, a provision that gives way to the negotiation process with companies such as Uber, who according to LMM’s management company, is the only company with which it is holding conversations.

“The charges, terms and conditions that may be imposed by the owner or administrator of the terminal, through written contract or authorization, shall be stipulated in an agreement with each ERT. These contracts or authorizations will seek to provide passengers the greatest number of mobility alternatives, and the charges, terms and conditions will not be greater nor more restrictive or burdensome than the charges, terms and conditions agreed to by the taxi drivers,” read the piece on page 135, numeral 7.59.

“We want to operate at the airport; that’s why when we were asked several months ago to please pick up people during a weekend, because the regular [Tourism] taxi service at the airport was not working, we provided the service. What we do not yet have and has not been given to us is what the requirements are for us to operate at the airport,” Robinson added.

Earlier in this past week, Caribbean Business contacted Aerostar to check on the status of negotiations with Uber or any other ERT. The company was brief in its statements, after claiming there were confidentiality agreements with Uber. It also could not provide a date when Uber would start picking up passengers at the LMM.

“We are currently in negotiations with Uber. There are confidentiality agreements between Uber and Aerostar. We can only say that we are in talks,” the company expressed through its public relations officer.

“We are and will continue to respect the approved regulations and follow the government’s public policy regarding taxi drivers,” Aerostar added through Varlín Vissepó, its chief legal officer & corporate secretary. Aerostar charges a $2 fee per taxi driver to access the LMM.

Regarding space limitations Uber would accept as part of the negotiations, Robinson offered several examples to illustrate the results of similar conversations at other airports at which the company operates.

At Tocumen International Airport in Panama, passengers can be picked up in a designated area, and both drivers and users are told there is a designated line for Uber. At New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, there is an established “pick up and drop off” area, while on the second level of Los Angeles International Airport, the area is identified by a sign that reads “Ride Sharing Here.”

“We do not have any problem being assigned an area, but we cannot suddenly be demanded more than what they demand of [Tourism] taxi drivers. If they have a certain area, we also accept having our determined area, and in the end, it will also be beneficial for users because they can go to a specific point, and that is where the vehicle will pick them up, instead of moving from one place to another,” Robinson concluded.

According to a May 2017 Uber study, 98 percent of its users in Puerto Rico want the service to reach the LMM as [Tourism] taxi drivers do. In addition, 81 percent of them do not use traditional transport when leaving the airport, 35 percent resort to Uber to reach the LMM and 99 percent would like to use the service to leave the island’s main airport.

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Car window tinting to protect your car, truck, SUV in Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico is near the equator, the UV rays are intense, which damages your skin, the skin of passengers, and the car interior.  Therefore, it is worthwhile and highly recommend to have window tint installed in your vehicle.  Puerto Rico Newcomer has done a great deal of legwork to help you decide where to get your tint installed.  Be sure to have high quality tint installed, so it is less likely to fade, turn purple, or develop bubbles.

What you want to look for is an installer that will give you a WRITTEN LIFETIME WARRANTY FROM THE MANUFACTURER, not just from the installation company.  You don’t want a warranty from the only from the installer, since many tint shops won’t be around in a few years.  What good is a warranty from ABC Auto Tint, once they go out of business?  That’s why the manufacturer warranty is so important, so that if ABC Auto Tint goes out of business, you can take your vehicle to another shop that uses that same window tint.  Don’t waste your time with a shop that only offers 1, 3, or 5 years on a warranty.  If the warranty is so short, that should tell you about the durability and quality of the tint not being high.

Did you have tint installed in your car in Puerto Rico?  Add your comments below to improve the discussion.

PR window tint survey

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to download the full spreadsheet, a partial sample of which is below.


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warranty lifetime lifetime normally, but not in PR lifetime normally, but not in PR per the manufacturer lifetime lifetime lifetime
website https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/All-3M-Products/Films/Window-Films/Automotive-Window-Tint/?N=5002385+8710654+8710938+8711017+8721690+3294857497&rt=r3 www.northamerica.llumar.com/automotive-film/types-of-automotive-film/metallized-window-tint www.northamerica.llumar.com/automotive-film/types-of-automotive-film/ceramic-window-tint www.suntekfilms.com/automotive/automotive-cxp.aspx www.suntekfilms.com/automotive/automotive-cir.aspx www.midasexportusa.com/automotive www.midasexportusa.com/automotive
note good better best; ceramic is better than carbon good better best; ceramic is better than carbon
A&J Caguas 787-344-1798, 787-222-2253 lifetime normally, but in PR only 5 year warranty on ATR; lifetime on CTX per A&J but manufacturer says they won’t honor any lifetime warranty from PR $160 $240
Rickys Caguas 787-604-6366 $150
Sieza Isabela 939-319-1303 lifetime $180
Oscar Auto Tint Arecibo 787-209-8148, 787-585-7275 lifetime $200 $360
Oscar Auto Tint by Eileen Camuy 939-639-8234 lifetime $180
The Tint Shop PR Anasco 787-449-1726 lifetime $220
FWT & JDM Parts Inc Vega Baja 787-346-3620 lifetime $180
Barreto Hatillo 787-642-8203 lifetime $180
Yamil Auto Tint Sound Center Mayaguez 787-202-2323, 787-484-4167 lifetime $200
Quality Seat Covers & Sound Center Vega Alta 787-270-5828 lifetime $115
Perfection Shade Window Tint Carolina 787-768-9050, 787-200-0440 lifetime $160 $145
EuroTint Rio Piedras 787-200-9070 $150
Dragon Car Performance Carolina 787-757-3838 lifetime $95
Innovative Auto Tints – by IHOP Barceloneta 787-356-1002 lifetime $350 $300 $255
Anthony Auto Tint Bayamon 787-590-7219 lifetime $225
Denny’s Auto Tint Aguada 787-448-8027, 939-246-0379 lifetime $250
Solar Tintes San Juan 787-793-2220, 787-273-7689, 787-749-0386 5 year $155+tax







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Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria


Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico faces a new horror in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as 32 people have already been killed in the first 11 days of 2018. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

Thirty-two people have been slain in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the new year — nearly double the number killed during the same period a year ago.

Experts say that the uptick in murders is an aftereffect of Hurricane Maria, which overwhelmed an already bankrupt Puerto Rico and fueled criminal activity.

Lawlessness reigns as police, who complain that they are owed back pay for overtime, have staged a sickout that’s taken roughly 2,000 officers off the street each day, according to the Associated Press.

Resources are scarce, and commodities including diesel generators have been stolen as tension mounts among families in towns that are still without electricity.

“You can’t deny the amount of tension you feel when you go there,” said Monica Caudillo, a postdoctoral associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.

“People are upset and if they have any sort of weapon at hand, it’s not hard to see how conflicts can get out of hand when all those factors converge,” she told the Daily News.

Police have pulled back and families living in towns that are still in the dark are governed by fear, according to Caudillo, who recently returned from Puerto Rico, where her husband’s family lives.

“The police and people in government are focused right now on solving immediate needs that emerged with the hurricane so they are not as focused on watching crime rates or fulfilling typical duties, like public security, as they would under normal circumstances.”

Criminals are encouraged by a sense of impunity, criminologists say.

“They know they won’t be prosecuted because authorities are too busy,” Caudillo said.

Edgardo Hernandez Velez, executive director of a police advocacy group, said the number of killings so far this year is striking.

“The numbers are up compared to last year because there are not enough people to be on the lookout and see what’s going on,” he said.

“Police have been working many hours and are not being paid, so there’s a lack of policemen out there that has contributed to the increase in criminality,” he continued.

He said that 32 killings were “a lot” for just 11 days.

Yet others dispute the presumed link between the killings and Hurricane Maria. Gary Gutierrez, a professor who teaches criminal justice at the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, said the spike in killings is part of a regular cycle of criminal violence.

Some parts of Puerto Rico are still without power.
Some parts of Puerto Rico are still without power. (ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS)

“We have periods that are really high in criminal violence and they always relate to other social and economic factors,” he told The News.

Gutierrez blamed the spike in crime on a government whose policies “make us feel like we don’t belong.”

He also doesn’t think that the deaths have anything to do with a diminished police presence.

Puerto Rico’s last spike in violent crime was in 2011 when 1,136 people were killed.

“During the 2011 uptick in Puerto Rico we had one of the highest numbers of police in history, so the way I see it, the police is there to deal with daily crime but criminality is something that needs to be dealt with by the social and education system,” Gutierrez said.

Some deaths have been linked to the drug trade, which Gutierrez says has been upended by the hurricane.

“It has suffered just like any business has,” he said.

Drug gangs are fighting their rivals over lost territory, according to a police officer advocate.

“There’s a war over the control for drugs,” Fernando Soler told the Associated Press.

“They are taking advantage of all the situations occurring in Puerto Rico. There’s no power and they believe there’s a lack of police officers. … Criminals are taking care of business that was pending before the hurricane,” Soler said.

Some residents, however, say that they are relatively at ease.

Michael Vicens, who recently opened a surf school in Rincon, said he wasn’t even aware of the uptick in violent crime.

He said he leaves his daughter’s bike unattended and his car unlocked, and has not been targeted.

“So far, nothing has happened,” he said.

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Puerto Rico reports 78 killings in one of deadliest months



Puerto Rico reports 78 killings in one of deadliest months



Associated Press
FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, a forensic worker lifts a body at a crime scene in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first month of 2018 was one of Puerto Rico’s deadliest months in recent years as the U.S. territory struggles with a surge in violent crime and growing discontent among tens of thousands of police officers. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of Puerto Rico’s deadliest months in recent years has closed, with 78 killings reported in January as the U.S. territory struggles with a surge in violent crime and growing discontent among thousands of police officers.

The killings included a 20-year-old woman found kneeling and burned to death inside a car in the upscale city of Guaynabo and a triple homicide reported in the eastern mountain town of San Lorenzo.

Puerto Rico’s homicide rate is roughly 20 killings per 100,000 residents, compared with 3.7 per 100,000 residents on the U.S. mainland.

“I’m gravely concerned about these violent incidents reported in recent days,” said Sen. Miguel Laureano. “It’s a dramatic situation that requires immediate attention.”

The majority of people killed last month were young men shot to death. The central mountain town of Caguas reported the highest number of homicides at 18, followed by the capital of San Juan with 14.

Police have issued warrants or arrested suspects in only a handful of the cases. On Thursday, authorities asked the public for help in solving the case of the young woman found burned inside the car. Police said they believe she was on her way to pick up a family member the day she was killed.

Hector Pesquera, head of Puerto Rico’s newly created Department of Public Safety, has said most of the killings in January were tied to drugs but added that there was “no rhyme or reason” to explain the surge.

In mid-January, local and federal officials announced they would implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to help reduce the number of killings. The plan is to crack down on all types of violations, including traffic infractions and illegal tints on car windows, to help get criminals off the street and prevent bigger crimes.

The increase in killings came weeks after thousands of police officers began calling in sick daily to protest millions of dollars owed in overtime pay following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Absences have returned to the normal daily average, Pesquera says, but thousands of police officers are still upset about austerity measures, including a sharp reduction in their monthly pensions and an end to being able to cash in unused sick days.

Puerto Rico Rep. Felix Lassalle, president of the commission of public security, is holding public hearings to address those issues.

“There’s a big commitment … to address situations that can affect police officers and find solutions,” he said.

Last year, Puerto Rico reported an overall drop in killings with 679 homicides compared with 700 in 2016.

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Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines

Will this lead to this Silver Airways flying between Puerto Rico and Florida?


Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines

By on April 24, 2018

SAN JUAN – Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways has announced that its acquisition of San Juan-based Seaborne Airlines’ business and assets had closed, creating a combined airline to serve the Caribbean, Bahamas and several states.

The acquisition brings together two independent airlines with similar Saab 340B aircraft fleets, “complementary route networks, and common codeshare/interline partners,” the announcing release reads.

Silver recently announced it would be deploying 20 new ATR-600 aircraft across both airline networks, giving it an expanded range. The total fleet now consists of 31 aircraft.

“I am thrilled to welcome the Seaborne team members to the Silver family as together we create one of the nation’s leading independent airlines in a transaction that will benefit our guests, team members, and the communities we serve, as well as both airlines’ valued codeshare and interline partnerships with most major U.S. carriers,” Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum, who will serve as CEO of the combined airline, said in the release.

“Despite the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, our resilient and dedicated employees at Seaborne have successfully restructured our company with the support of our loyal passengers,” added Seaborne CEO Ben Munson, who will leave the airline but “continue as a valued advisor to the company.”

The combined airline will continue operating Silver’s stateside and Bahamas route network under the Silver Airways banner and Seaborne’s network throughout Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean under the Seaborne name.

Tickets for Silver will continue to be available on SilverAirways.com and bookings for Seaborne will continue on SeaborneAirlines.com. Seaborne passengers will be able to earn and redeem frequent traveler miles under Seaborne’s SeaMiles program. Initially, Seaborne will continue to operate under its own certificate as a standalone operating subsidiary of Silver.

The combined airline will employ nearly 1,000 people and be based at Silver’s offices in Fort Lauderdale. Corporate and operations support functions will remain at locations in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, San Juan, and St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Silver said the merger of the two airlines’ “operating functions, joint branding, and streamlining of the guest experience” is expected to occur during the next year.

Silver, the first commercial carrier founded in Florida,  is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, and Azul.

The airline is owned by affiliates of Philadelphia-based investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC, a mayority owner of Seaborne, which announced plans to restructure under Chapeter 11 bankruptcy early this year and sell its assets to Silver.

Seaborne is a codeshare partner with American, Delta, JetBlue, and Vieques Airlink, and has interline agreements with United and Hahn Air. It has more than 1,500 monthly departures between San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and seaplane base, St. Croix airport and seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Maarten, St. Kitts, Tortola, and Nevis.

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Applebee’s has 6 locations in Puerto Rico



Prices may vary

1155 Ponce de Leon
San Juan PR 00907

Plaza Las Americas Shopping Center
San Juan PR

Ave. Comercia 167, Primer Nivel
Bayamon PR 00960

Carolina PR 00985
787-625-1602 E of Plaza Escorial

Plaza Dorado Shopping Center
Dorado PR 00646

Western Plaza
Mayaguez PR 00680

Applebee's grill combos

Applebee’s grill combos

Applebee's entrees from the grill

Applebee’s entrees from the grill

Applebee's appetizers

Applebee’s appetizers

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