The Trinidad Guardian / The Antigua-based regional airline, Liat, will operate a wet lease service on the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago from March 19 to April 30. This follows ths successful conclusion of a commercial agreement with state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL).
A release from CAL said the Government will underwrite the cost of the wet lease which enables the airline to provide the additional capacity needed on the airbridge at this time. The Liat aircraft will be used solely for domestic operations.
“We are happy to enter into this agreement with Caribbean Airlines to assist them in providing this integral service,” said Liat’s chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, adding that this type of co-operation is an important part of maintaining connectivity.
She said the ATR 72 aircraft, which will be used on the route, will be operated and maintained by Liat.
T&T is a shareholder of the cash-strapped Liat, whose main shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
CAL has been collaborating with the Port Authority of T&T to ensure that persons holding confirmed ferry tickets are accommodated on its services. This arrangement has been in place since March 13 and the airline said it is operating seamlessly.