Another “Regional Commuter” Goes 86

Seaborne Airlines of the Caribbean has filed “chapter” and is in line to be blended into Silver Airways.

To be sure, the spate of hurricanes and the devastation to an already-depressed Puerto Rican economy likely had much to do with the filing.

But, it is in line with the collapse of other “independent” carriers such as GLO and Pen Air. The reality is that this mode of transportation simply does not have the economics to survive in many formerly-viable applications.

Particularly tough are intra-island markets, where costs are high, segments are short, and there’s lots of salt in the air.