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Caribbean Airlines is the state-owned airline of Trinidad and Tobago and was founded on 27th September, 2006.
Caribbean Airlines flies more than 600 weekly flights to 19 destinations in the Caribbean, North and South American and the United Kingdom and has an operational base in Jamaica.
The airline operates scheduled services to the following destinations, including incorporated services formerly operated by Air Jamaica: Toronto, New York, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Nassau, Montego Bay, Kingston, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Caracas, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad, Georgetown and Paramaribo.
Headquartered in Piarco, the airline operates flights to the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America from its base at Piarco International Airport.
In addition to Caribbean Airlines hub in Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean carrier also has another hub in Jamaica at Norman Manley International Airport.
Caribbean Airlines first ever flight took place on 1st January 2007 with 128 weekly departures to 10 destinations and 5 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Caribbean Airlines were the pioneers of the simplified one-way fare inclusive of taxes and fees that provided customers with flexible fare combinations and extended stay options. In the first two months of operation, their on-time performance was 93.9%, surpassing the average aviation industry’s standard of 85%. Caribbean Airlines also exceeded industry standards with an impressive lost baggage rate of just 0.7 for January 2007 (less than one bag lost per thousand passengers).
Caribbean Airlines has codeshares with British Airways, with the first flight taking off between Port of Spain, Trinidad and London Gatwick International Airport. The codeshare allows Caribbean Airlines customers easy connectivity to London, a city well loved by travellers.
To meet increased travel demand for major regional events, like Cricket World Cup and the Tobago Jazz Festival in March and April we added a Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a hundred extra flights to our schedule. The enhanced schedule also included special charters to St. Kitts, Bermuda and Grenada, and is a clear example of Caribbean Airlines’ commitment to the Caribbean region and our customers’ needs.
Caribbean Airlines' fleet consists of Boeing 737s and ATR 72-600s.
The airline currently offers a two class service on their Boeing aircraft with 16 seats in business class and 138 in economy. In August 2007, Caribbean Airlines opened a new 2,000 square-foot sales and ticket office at Nicholas Tower, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad featuring state-of-the-art technology such as internet kiosks for ticket booking and online check-in.
Two months later, the airline purchased the remaining shares of the airline, Tobago Express. This acquisition included the airline’s employees, its five aircraft and responsibility for operating the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.
In early 2008, Caribbean Airlines began a daily service to Caracas, Venezuela. The new daily return flight was the first network expansion since the start of operations in January 2007. The introduction of a daily service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida soon followed and we became the regional-airline with the most direct services between Trinidad and South Florida.
This growth was complemented by significant costs savings and increased quality control with the move to insourcing the heavy maintenance of the fleet.
Frequent Flyer Program
Caribbean Airlines operates a frequent flyer program called Caribbean Miles to reward regular passengers.
This program offers many benefits to its members, and there is no joining fee.
There are three tiers to the program:
Access to lounges and business centres
Discounted rates for co-applicants and corporate clients
Waiver of flight and date change penalty
Preferential airport check-in
15th November 2017
Caribbean Airlines told to cut non-profitable routes
The Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s Joint Select Committee (JSC) has recommended that Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) immediately review the viability of some of its North American routes, as these have been unprofitable and resulted in an “unabated trend of declining passenger numbers and massive financial losses.”
At a press conference at Parliament on Monday, JSC chairman, independent Senator David Small, said the problem demanded urgent attention, adding that CAL needed to employ strategies to save such routes to prevent future financial leakages, the Trinidad Guardianreported.
Small said during three meetings the committee “struggled” to obtain pertinent information from CAL, as partial submission of information was given, adding there seemed to be a challenge with CAL regarding the way it managed its operations. The JSC recommended that CAL immediately put a freeze on any salary increases until such time as its operation was sustainably profitable.
10th October 2017
Caribbean Airlines appoints new CEO
The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Garvin Medera as its new chief executive officer with immediate effect.
“He is looking forward to leading the transformation that Caribbean Airlines must embrace if the company is to meet the challenges of the fiercely competitive airline industry,” according to a CAL statement.
Medera, a former chief executive officer of the telecommunications company, DIGICEL PLAY, has served in several key leadership positions at the telecommunications company including chief operating officer, and chief technical officer, managing the company's full operational portfolio.
He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, the University of London and the University of the West Indies.
9th October 2017
Air service returning to the Caribbean, but slowly
Commercial air service resumed on a limited basis last week at airports on St. Croix and Tortola, and they are set to resume Oct. 10 in St. Maarten.
But while it's encouraging that those locations have joined airports on St. Thomas and in the Puerto Rican cities of San Juan and Aguadilla, which had already reopened in the wake of the September hurricanes Irma and Maria, U.S. carriers expect service reductions and cuts to linger for months to come.
United, for example, has suspended service to St. Thomas and St. Maarten, both of which were battered by Hurricane Irma, until Dec. 19 and has made its daily Newark-Aguadilla route weekly, also through Dec. 19.
JetBlue has suspended weekly Boston-St. Maarten service through the winter and spring season and, at least until Jan. 1, will operate New York JFK-St. Maarten twice a week instead of daily. The carrier has also suspended its three weekly Boston-St. Thomas flights through Jan. 3.
Similarly, Spirit has canceled its weekly St. Maarten service from Fort Lauderdale until at least February and, due to airport conditions, will fly just twice per week from Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas instead of daily for the "foreseeable future."
American has taken a more cautious approach to scheduling, having thus far only made service reductions to St. Croix, St. Martin, St. Thomas and Turks and Caicos through November.
Southwest said it is taking a wait-and-see approach to its winter Caribbean schedule. The carrier said it will launch Turks and Caicos service on Nov. 5 as planned.
Delta, which offers service to San Juan, Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and St. Croix among other Caribbean destinations, did not respond to an inquiry about schedule changes.
Airlines last week were reluctant to discuss how the lingering impacts of Irma and Maria, both in terms of actual damages and as a result of perception, could affect revenue and Caribbean travel through the coming winter and spring.
Southwest, though, did say in a Sept. 27 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing that it expects a $100 million impact from natural disasters during the third quarter, and Delta reported last week that Irma would cost the company an estimated $120 million.
At a media briefing in late September, American, which has the largest presence among the four major U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United and Southwest) in the Caribbean as well as in San Juan, declined to estimate how much the storms would cost.
Airline industry analyst Bob Mann of R.W. Mann and Co. said that although numerous Caribbean destinations were spared the wrath of Irma and Maria, the storms could nevertheless depress demand throughout the region this winter.
"We, as a nation looking for leisure travel, don't discriminate well between destinations in the same regions," he said. "Unless you are terribly cognizant of the distinctions of what actually occurred, it would be hard to assume that demand wouldn't be pretty seriously impacted."
As a proportion of their operations, JetBlue would likely be the airline most impacted by a broad slump in the Caribbean market this winter.
JetBlue competes with American for the largest Caribbean operation of any U.S. airline, offering 207 flights in and out of the region on an average day, about 20% of its total flights. Thirty of JetBlue's 101 destinations are in the Caribbean, and it offers the most flights of any carrier to San Juan.
Meanwhile, 11 of the 59 destinations to which Spirit flies are in the Caribbean, though the carrier said last week that the region accounts for just 3.7% of its capacity.
Spirit cited a reduced number of lodging options as a reason for cutting back on Caribbean service.
"We will continue to assess regularly and resume full service as infrastructure and demand allow," the carrier said.
5th October 2017
SAA agrees to hire recovery expert
State airline in talks to appoint UK’s Peter Davies to help with restructuring.
SAA says it is finalising steps that will lead to the appointment of a chief restructuring officer. Picture: Shutterstock
South African Airways has agreed to hire a restructuring expert to help turn around the state-owned airline and meet conditions laid down by lenders to roll over debt, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Incoming chief executive officer Vuyani Jarana met with British industry veteran Peter Davies last month and he agreed to help try to return SAA to profit, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the plans are private. Davies is a former CEO of European airlines including Air Malta and Brussels Airlines and currently runs London-based consultancy Airline Management Group.
“We are finalising steps that will lead to the appointment of a chief restructuring officer,” SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali said in emailed comments. “No announcement on the identity of the candidate can be made before we attend and resolve the outstanding issues.”
Davies didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.
The appointment of a strong management team is one of several conditions lenders have laid down to extend talks on loan repayments beyond Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s mid-term budget update in October, the people said. One of those was a payment of R700 million ($51.5 million) to Citigroup as part of R1.8 billion of debt due to the US bank by the end of September, which was released by the National Treasury along with funds for working capital on Friday.
Treasury confirmed the payment of R700 million to Citigroup and directed further questions to SAA.
A group of South African lenders led by Nedbank Group — and including FirstRand, Standard Bank Group, Barclays Africa Group and Investec Plc — are prepared to negotiate a refinancing of debt through March 2019, the people said. In his mid-term budget update, Gigaba is expected to announce proposals intended to make SAA break even by about that date, including details of a recapitalisation plan, they said.
Nedbank, which is leading the talks, doesn’t provide details of its banking relationships with its clients, a spokesman said in an emailed response to questions.
SAA is one of several South African state-owned companies in need of urgent funding and the government has said it needs a fresh management approach to stay in operation. The carrier hasn’t made a profit since 2011 and has been surviving off debt backed by state guarantees. Jarana will become the company’s first permanent CEO since 2015 when he joins from wireless carrier Vodacom Group on November 1. The Treasury has considered selling part or all of its R12 billion stake in phone company Telkom to help finance a bailout.
SAA said last week it would reduce flights to the South African cities of Port Elizabeth and East London as part of its turnaround plan. The carrier will also scale back routes to Luanda, the capital of Angola, and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The airline is also working toward repatriating as much as $1 billion from Angola, Zimbabwe and Nigeria to help strengthen the balance sheet, according to the people. Money is trapped in those countries after exports collapsed leading to a shortage of hard currency.
Jarana brings private-sector experience from his time at Vodacom and Davies has been identified due to his aviation expertise, one of the people said.
Davies took over Air Malta when it was making an annual loss of 70 million euros ($82 million) and made the airline profitable, according to his LinkedIn page. He also started Caribbean Airlines in Trinidad and Tobago and made that carrier profitable as well.
SAA has had seven permanent or temporary CEOs since 2010. Chairwoman Duduzile Myeni, a former schoolteacher who also heads President Jacob Zuma’s charitable foundation, has been on the airline’s board since 2009 and acted as the board’s chair until her permanent appointment in 2015. Her contract was renewed for a year in September 2016.
3rd October 2017
Mandatory regulations coming for accommodation providers
Hoteliers will soon be forced to adhere to specific standards when it comes to the accommodations they are offering to the public.
Speaking at an appreciation function for stakeholders on Friday night, Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe said mandatory regulations are coming.
She said the regulatory framework is being set up and noted that while the Trinidad and Tobago Industry Certification Programme is currently voluntary, it will soon be mandatory.
She noted that there are stakeholders who are very vocal against the setting up of a regulatory authority but vowed that she intends to make the sector better than she met it.
“We cannot for one moment believe that in 2017 that we can stand up next to a Bahamas, Barbados or Jamaica without having mandatory standards to guide the industry. If we are serious about tourism and growing and having proper quality of our products we have to get on board,” she said.
“There is absolutely no way are going to continue to will call for more marketing and then when the tourists get here what about the quality of our product? That could redound all our marketing efforts to nought. We go out there and say come it’s nice, it’s perfect and when you get here you have a problem with certain hotels where they don’t clean a room for a couple days and when you look at Trip Advisor and the kind of comments on Trip Advisor you cannot be serious about improving our numbers and improving our profile and going out there and market.”
Speaking to Loop following her speech, Cudjoe said Trinidad and Tobago is the only destination in the region that does not have mandatory standards.
“If you are in this business, whether or not you are getting assistance from the Government, what you do affects our profile and our reputation as a destination. If a tourist comes and spends time at your establishment and they get bad service or it wasn’t cleaned for a couple days it leaves a bad reputation not just for your business, nut your community, the tourism sector and Trinidad and Tobago.
She said consultations are going on with stakeholders and some are opposed to the regulatory authority but want Government to invest in their properties.
“Some of the operators their kitchens are too small and they want to extend and they want Government funding but if you cannot guarantee me that this improvement is going to bring you up to basic standards then what kind of investment is the Government making? We are not just handing out money and giving grants this is an investment and we want to see returns on this investment,” she said.
She said the implementation of the regulations are still being discussed particularly as it pertains to fines and certification marks for approved properties.
Asked if the regulations will also apply to Airbnb properties, the Minister said they have to work with agencies such as those.
“Let’s look at Tobago for instance. Caribbean Airlines continues to move up to 17,000 people per weekend back and forth between Trinidad and Tobago but you hear hoteliers complaining they have no occupancy. If we are moving all these people then where are they staying? If they are not staying by you they staying somewhere else, they are using Air BnB, they are using Home Away, and they are using people who are offering the same services that not registered with the association and that gives us an opportunity to look at the wide variety of products we offer.
“Our research has to extend beyond the association and hoteliers need to check themselves to figure out why are they not staying with me, what am I doing or not doing and what can the association do to help members improve their profile and capacity,” she said.
Caribbean Airlines offering fee waivers for Irma-affected travellers
Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it is now operating flights to Tortola and Antigua to evacuate people from the islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma. “The airlines extend our deepest concern and empathy to those affected by the hurricanes in the region,” the airline said in a release today.
CAL said it will operate another relief flight tomorrow, September 16, from Port-of-Spain to St Maarten departing at 7:00 am. The flight will leave St Maarten for Kingston at 9:35 am with Jamaicans and other CARICOM nationals who have been affected by the hurricane, the CAL release said. The aircraft will then depart Kingston at 11:15 am (Jamaica time) to St Maarten with supplies from Jamaica.
Caribbean Airlines offering fee waivers for Irma-affected travellers
Caribbean Airlines is now offering rebooking fee waivers to travelers whose plans have been affected by Hurricane Irma. Travelers who have confirmed tickets for the period between Sept. 5 and Oct. 31 can now rebook without change fees. The carrier is also offering full refunds on fares paid for travel up to Oct. 31. The waivers apply to travel to or from Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Antigua, St Maarten and Nassau.
Caribbean Airlines announces changes to its schedule to Hurrican Irma
As Hurricane Irma is expected to make its landfall in the United States this weekend, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has cancelled a dozen flights directly affected. All flights in and out of Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahama; Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando in Florida on September 10 (Sunday) were cancelled.
Passengers have been advised to contact its reservation offices for rebooking on the next available service. Affected customers travelling on September 10, 2017 will be permitted to change or cancel their reservations without penalty subject to the following conditions: Passengers must have a confirmed ticket issued before September 10, 2017; Passengers who choose to have their tickets refunded, must do so by September 17, 2017; Passengers who choose to change their reservations, must complete their travel by September 17, 2017, unless travel on the original booking was after this date.
19th July 2017
Caribbean Airlines flights affected by Tropical Storm Don for 18th and 19th July
Caribbean Airlines advises that due to Tropical Storm Don and the consequent closure of the Maurice Bishop International Airport, Grenada, the following flights for today, Tuesday 18 July and tomorrow, Wednesday 19 July are cancelled. These flights affected were BW 448, B4 449, BW 415 BW 438 and BW 439.
10th July 2017
Caribbean Airlines now offers flights between St Vincent and Trinidad 5 x Weekly
This is up from the 2 x Weekly flights it had initially been operating when it became one of the first airlines to offer non-stop flights to the newly opened Argyle International Airport in April.
It added the Thursday, Saturday and Monday flights last week, supplementing the original Sunday and Friday service.
The airline said the expansion in service will improve the frequency with which passengers can connect seamlessly to other international and regional destinations.
The Trinidad and Tobago-based carrier is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and promised that “valued customers can look forward to more exciting developments and new destinations as the year progresses”.
Caribbean Airlines announced it was now offering flights between St Vincent and Trinidad five times per week, up from the two weekly flights it had initially been operating when it became one of the first airlines to offer non-stop flights to the newly opened Argyle International Airport in April.
It added the Thursday, Saturday and Monday flights last week, supplementing the original Sunday and Friday service.
Caribbean Airlines announced that the expansion in service will improve the frequency with which passengers can connect seamlessly to other international and regional destinations.
Caribbean Airlines announced it was to introduce a twice-weekly service to the new Argyle International Airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The flights, which started on April 14, operate every Friday and Sunday.
The carrier is one of the first airlines to offer non-stop flights to the new airport, which serves as an international gateway to the Grenadine islands. The flights will operate twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Caribbean Airlines is one of the first airlines to offer non‐stop flights to the new airport, which also serves as an international gateway to the beautiful Grenadine Islands.
Customers will also benefit from seamless connections between St Vincent and the Grenadines and Caribbean Airlines’ other international and regional destinations.
Caribbean Airlines has successfully completed the upgrade of its Reservations and Airport check-in systems to Amadeus
In 2010, 2011 and 2015 Caribbean Airlines won the 'Caribbean's Leading Airlines' - at the World Travel Awards. Caribbean also has many partners with different levels of involvement in the Caribbean Airlines, partners include RBC Royal Bank, Hertz and Massy Stores.
In March 2017, Caribbean Airlines announced that due to scheduled maintenance work being conducted on the airport runway by the Airport Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (AATT), the Piarco International Airport will be closed overnight between March 12 and 19. As a result of the airport closure, several Caribbean Airlines flights will be affected during this period, according to the airline's advisory. Any passengers affected by possible cancellations will be re-accommodated on other services.
Management considered replacing Caribbean Airlines fleet of ATR aircraft with the comparable Q400 turboprops sourced from Bombardier. In addition, the Caribbean Miles loyalty programme featured a seamless transfer of Miles from the BWIA West Indies Airways Frequent Flyer Miles programme.
An initial base of 128,734 recorded Caribbean Miles members had risen to 136,789 members by the end of June 2007, a clear testament to our growing loyalty base.
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Piarco International Airport
Piarco International Airport is one of two international airports serving Trinidad and Tobago and is Caribbean Airline’s hub. It is the seventh busiest airline in the Caribbean in terms of passengers served.
Piarco International Airport has direct scheduled service to destinations in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America and Europe. Piarco International Airport has two terminals and can handle almost two million passengers per year.
Airlines which use Piarco International Airport include American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Insel Air and Surinam Airways.
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Caribbean Airlines Flights
Caribbean Airlines commenced operations in 2007 and flies routes formerly operated by BWIA (Bee-Wee). The airline is in fact the national carrier of Trinidad and Tobago and is bases at Port of Spain Int. Airport. Caribbean Airlines operates a network of regional and inter island flights as well as to North and South America. Currently there are no Caribbean Airlines operated flights to Europe but the airline operates flights on codeshare basis from London-Gatwick to Barbados and Port of Spain in association with British Airways. Currently Caribbean Airlines airplanes can be found in Antigua, Barbados, Kingston, St. Maarten, Tobago, Paramaribi-Suriname, Georgetown-Guyana, Caracas-Venezeula, Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Miami in the USA, Toronto-Canada. In addition there is the codeshare with BA to London-Gatwick.
Caribbean Airlines Inter-Island Flights Caribbean Airlines operate aircraft with a bright modern colour scheme, the centre piece is without doubt the stunning vivid blue/green and crimson red beaked Hummingbird which adorns the rear section of their aircraft and the whole of the tail fin. Magnificent sight. This lovely airline has quickly established itself and has become many travellers’ choice of airline when travelling to and within the Caribbean. Friendly service with a smile and a true Caribbean welcome a greets passengers at check in and the true Caribbean hospitality remains to the very moment they leave the aircraft. We thoroughly recommend this charming airline and suggest that when you plan your next Caribbean trip you look no further than Caribbean Airlines.
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