The Nation Newspaper High air fares a concern for AAA: "Welch said that in April last year the AAA booked a 50-seat charter from Barbados to Guadeloupe for US$10 000 (BDS$20 000). This year, the same charter to Martinique, which is not as far north, to take a connecting flight to the Turks and Caiços Islands cost US$22 800 ($45 600).
'That is an increase of 128 per cent. Last year when there was competition, I was able to go to Caribbean Star and get a competitive rate. The cost of travel has gone up, but not to that extent. Someone has to do something about it.' "