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The trinidad Guardian / Dozens of passenger travelling between T&T were left stranded as sailings of the Inter-Island ferry and domestic flights were cancelled yesterday due to the tropical storm warning.

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and the Port Authority announced the temporary closure of their services over 12 hours after warning was issued by T&T Meteorological Service on Sunday.

When a news team visited the departure terminal at Piarco International Airport, dozens of passengers were overheard making alternative arrangement to stay in Trinidad for the night as airline staff announced that flights were expected to resume this morning.

“I have work in the morning but I guess we don’t have a choice but to sleep here tonight,” one woman, who came to Trinidad with members of

her church for a weekend treat said.

Another family from Buccoo, Tobago, said that they were initially booked to travel on the ferry but decided to try for a flight after they were informed at the ferry was cancelled earlier that morning.

“We really did not know what to do because we have no where to stay,” one member of the family said as they began to construct a make-shift bed with their suitcases.

Several travellers also questioned if Caribbean Airlines would be increasing flights today to accommodate all the displaced passengers as the inter-island air-bridge was already oversubscribed on public holiday weekends.

Several people interviewed as they arrived on the last flight for the day from Tobago said that fellow passengers were experiencing similar frustration at the Arthur NR Robinson Airport. The last flight left Tobago at 1.15 pm, leaving scores of angry passengers.

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