Monday 28 May, 2018

New CaribSKY alliance promises easier travel and lower fares

Photo courtesy: aviator.aero

Photo courtesy: aviator.aero

Three Caribbean airlines have partnered together to create CaribSKY, an alliance which promises to make travel cheaper and easier to move across 32 countries across the region. 

According to Barbados Nation, CaribSKY, is comprised of Antigua-based LIAT,  Air Antilles of Guadeloupe and St Maarten’s Winair, and is co-funded by the European Union’s INTERREG Caribbean programme for about 4.7 million euros. The project was announced during a media conference on La Creole Beach Hotel and Spa in Guadeloupe on Thursday.

CEO of Air Antilles, Serge Tsygalnitzky said that CaribSKY would allow passengers to travel on any of the three airlines on one ticket. This will be facilitated through codeshares and interline agreements.

“Sometimes, a customer has to purchase two tickets, three tickets to get to a single place. Now, what we want you to be able to do is travel seamlessly anywhere you want to with a single ticket,” he said.

Tsygalnitzky also stated that passengers would benefit from more direct flights and connections, lower fares, a better airport experience and a loyalty programme. The three airlines will be able to share know-how, optimise schedules and bring their teams together while maintaining separate identities.

It's projected that the three airlines will operate 25 aircraft and transport over one million passengers on 70,000 flights.

Julie Reifer-Jones, LIAT's CEO said inter-regional travel was declining and it was hoped that CaribSKY will make it easier for passengers to move through the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking territories.

St Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications, Cornelius de Weever also highlighted the importance of CaribSKY, highlighting the fact that it's often easier and cheaper to cross the Atlantic than to visit islands across the Caribbean.