Editorial Staff
6 months ago

Editorial Staff
6 months ago

CAL says services are operating as scheduled

Less than 48 hours after the cancellation of over 60 flights due to pilot sick-outs on Sunday, Caribbean Airlines announced that both domestic and international flights are operating as scheduled.

Recovery flights, some of which are operated by charters on behalf of the airline, are also in place to accommodate any remaining displaced passengers.

The company is reaching out to affected customers via phone, email and SMS notifications with updated information.

The Trinidad and Tobago Airlines Pilots Association (TTALPA) was granted an ex-parte injunction by the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, preventing its president, executive members, servants or agents from participating in industrial action.

The court also ordered TTALPA to immediately instruct or direct CAL workers who are its members to report for duty as rostered and required in the normal course of their employment.

Regarding the performance of the air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago being operated by CAL, Farley Augustine, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), expressed discontent, stating that it is worse than during the pre-COVID-19 period. Augustine noted that the THA has been calling for the resumption of CAL’s usual flight count for over a year, but nothing has been done.

Augustine also highlighted the need to address the monopoly that exists on the air bridge by CAL and the airline industry in the country. He called for the market to be opened up to airlines from all over the world to bring visitors to and from the island.

Augustine apologized to those passengers affected by the industrial action and emphasized the importance of including a THA representative on the board of directors of the state-owned airline.

Overall, Augustine stressed that Caribbean Airlines should prioritize its duty to the nation, which pays and bails them out, and treat customers with more courtesy.

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