Cabinet to address airbridge issue soon, CAL waits on word
The Cabinet is will discuss the possibility of an increase in Caribbean Airlines flights (CAL) between Trinidad and Tobago soon, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Brian Manning said yesterday.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Manning said a decision should be made before Easter.
He made the comment in response to calls from Tobago Business Chamber president Martin George for Government to consider an increase in flights on the domestic airbridge.
“It is still not up to full capacity… this is now the biggest bugbear in terms of the accessibility to Tobago for Trinidadians and their families who wish to come to Tobago,” George said in a statement over the weekend.
He said there was no good reason for limited flights between both islands, especially since Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday announced the full reopening of the economy from April 4.
“We also need to see Caribbean Airlines step up to the plate and increase the number of flights between Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Also contacted on the issue yesterday, CAL’s head of Corporate Communications Dionne Ligoure said the airline will be guided by the instructions of the relevant stakeholders with respect to adjusting the operations on the domestic airbridge.
Currently, there are 16 flights between Trinidad and Tobago daily, each with the capacity for 68 passengers. That means 544 people are able to go and come from Tobago by air daily. (Carisa Lee)
By Carisa Lee