Updated: LIAT to pick up slack on domestic airbridge
LIAT will be assisting Caribbean Airlines in servicing the airbridge between Trinidad and Tobago from March 19 to April 30.
In a release posted to its Facebook page, LIAT said it has successfully concluded a commercial agreement with Caribbean Airlines to operate flights on the Trinidad and Tobago air bridge.
The airline will operate an ATR 72 aircraft to provide assistance in moving passengers on the air bridge.
"The agreement between the airlines is as a result of the challenges on the passenger sea bridge between the islands and the increase in capacity needed by Caribbean Airlines which has been requested by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago," the statement said.
According to the statement, Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones noted that this type of cooperation is an important part of maintaining connectivity.
“We are happy to enter into this agreement with Caribbean Airlines to assist them in providing this integral service," she said, stating that the LIAT aircraft will be operated and maintained by LIAT staff.
The CEO noted that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is also a shareholder in LIAT and the airline is happy to be able to assist at this critical time.
The commercial agreement saw the first flight being operated on Monday afternoon from the Piarco International Airport.
LIAT said its regular schedule will be maintained as the airline continues to work to restore connectivity to its destinations affected by the hurricanes of 2017.
In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, Caribbean Airlines said LIAT will operate a wet lease service on the domestic air bridge.
"The airline has been collaborating with the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to ensure that persons holding confirmed ferry tickets are accommodated on Caribbean Airlines services. This process has been in place since March 13 and is operating seamlessly. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will underwrite the cost of the wet lease. This arrangement enables Caribbean Airlines to provide the additional capacity needed on the air bridge at this time. The aircraft will be used solely for domestic operations until April 30, 2018," the statement said.