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Stability comes to Florida. (air travel market)

FT. LAUDERDALE - Lately, life in the sunshine State has been pretty good for regional airlines, particularly those affiliated with major carriers. While yields have been down this year, the Florida market has grown consistently in the past two years. And save more bankruptcies, observers believe the following will be there for the long haul: Affiliated carriers Henson, Florida Gulf, Comair, Flagship and niche carrier Paradise Island.

In February, 1987, when Henson Airlines came to Florida, it was as Piedmont Shuttle Link. At that time, Henson wanted to establish a strong presence in Florida. In effect, it wanted to be the replacement carrier for Province-town-Boston Airline, which Was on its last legs. But USAir bought Piedmont a year later and the Florida operation went through a series of adjustments that seemed to stymie opportunities for Henson. …

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