Flying from Florida to the Caribbean? We have good news for you !

Airlines offered fewer seats from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to the Caribbean islands in 2010-11, but are intending to change that in 2012, as key carriers plan to boost service to the region.

Recent demographic trends show the number of South Floridians with ties to the Caribbean has grown in the last decade, prompting some of the expansion plans.

Among the islands experiencing a drop in airline seats were the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. But next year's new flights aided by recent frequency increases could signal a comeback.

In June 2011 Jet Blue increased frequency on its Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas, route from two to three daily flights.

Next April, Jet Blue will start twice-daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston, Jamaica.

South Floridians with Jamaican ancestry grew 36 percent to 97,470 from 71,766 during the last decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

The number of Puerto Ricans in the county jumped 38 percent to 75,840 from 54,938 andin Palm Beach County the number was up 57 percent to 39,529 from 25,170, the bureau's data revealed.

Although seat capacity to Puerto Rico grew slightly in the 12-month period ended May 31 compared with the prior year — the same time frame used for comparing all of the airlines by capacity — more growth is on tap.

Air Tran now a part of Southwest Airlines plans new twice-daily service from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan starting May 24. The same month, Jet Blue will add two more flights from the South Florida airport to San Juan, bringing its daily total to six.

Jet Blue is the second largest carrier at the Fort Lauderdale airport with 15.6 percent of passenger traffic this year through September, where it has a sizable presence with nearly 800 crew members.

Spirit also has plans to aggressively grow its presence in key markets including the Caribbean and Latin America.

If the Political Climate allowed then Cuba would be Number 1 Destination in the Caribbean taking into consideration the Cuban Ties of a large population in Florida! When do you think we will see that?