Chief Secretary: Tobago needs more flights, reliable airline service

Inter-island travel is still a topic of concern for Tobagonians.

And THA Chief Secretary Orville London wants to see some headway on these issues when the new board of Caribbean Airlines meets with Assembly officials within the next two weeks. The Chief Secretary said as a “national airline”, Caribbean Airlines should make air bridge service a priority.

London is hoping Tobago’s many requests will finally be addressed, as he said Tobago’s tourism is being affected by these travel issues.

“Last Friday the National Tourism Standing Committee would have met in Tobago and at that meeting we were able to treat primarily with Tobago matters,” London said during yesterday’s (October 26) post Executive Council media briefing at the Administrative Complex, Calder Hall.

“A commitment was made that the new board of Caribbean Airlines will meet with the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) within the next two weeks,” London said. In addition, the THA will provide “the Minister responsible for Caribbean Airlines a list of issues over which we’ve had concerns for very many years, and of course recommendations”.

London said certain requests have been “ignored” over the years by the airline, including a connection flight to Barbados, a flight from Canada, and “the question of the Scandinavian market”.

The Chief Secretary is seeking a more favorable response from the new board.
“Caribbean Airlines has a critical role to play, not only in ensuring predictable and dignified travel between the two islands, but also in ensuring that they help to facilitate the expansion of the tourism sector.”

The Chief Secretary, along with Secretary of Tourism and Transportation Tracy Davidson-Celestine and Chief Administrator Raye Sandy are members of the Tourism Standing Committee.

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