Tobago Chamber: Consider Sea plane service between the islands
He says this encourage the ease of doing business between both islands.
While the Tobago Chamber says they are grateful for a much needed and required increase in flights between T&T, its’ President Martin George is calling on “the government, the cabinet and Caribbean Airlines to further implement flights and capacity between the islands.”
On Wednesday Caribbean Airlines announced that they will increase the number of flights on the domestic air-bridge from April 2. In a press release on Wednesday, CAL said it will operate 24 daily services to meet the inter-island travel demand.
This followed calls from several stakeholders including George, THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and others to consider the move.
Speaking with Loop News today, George said he while he is appreciative of the adjustment, it seems as though even more flights are needed.
“There is a limitless appetite for Tobago as a vacation destination. Tobago represents a piece of vacation paradise for Trinidadians. Therefore we need to ensure that we offer maximum access in that regard and maximum capability on the air-bridge.”
He said consideration should also be given for a “24-hour service to Tobago” as “the demand is there and goes beyond tourism,”
“People could have a medical emergency and need to get to Trinidad. The only other way is by air ambulance or helicopter from Ministry of National Security…we have to move with the times and have seamless connectivity between the islands.”
George also called on stakeholders to explore the idea of a sea plane service between Scarborough and Port of Spain for business travellers.
He said that in many instances business people would have to spend an entire day commuting between both islands perhaps just for “a 10 or 15 minute meeting.”
He therefore suggested the service be implemented for business people only to reduce the load on the air-bridge as well as encourage the ease of doing business between both islands.
Date: March 31, 2022
By: Beena Mahase