About 120 people have been arrested in Trinidad after it imposed a national state of emergency and curfew in response to a wave of violent crime linked to drug trafficking.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the 15-day state of emergency on Aug. 22 after 11 people were killed the previous weekend.

Killings for the year total 264 in a population of 1.3 million people.

The emergency includes a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in major cities and towns throughout the island.

The state of emergency could be extended for another 90 days if Parliament approves the move.

The economy of Trinidad and Tobago is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on oil and gas production. Its primary tourism attraction is its spring Carnival.

Passengers arriving at Piarco Airport in Port of Spain during the curfew hours have to apply for a permit to leave the airport. Authorities have set up a help desk in the airport where permits are issued.

Passengers headed to the airpotrt during curfew hours must first visit a police station to confirm their air travel and show their passport and ticket to obtain a permit.

Most taxi drivers have been issued curfew permits to transport travelers to and from the airport.

As a result of the curfew, American Airlines temporarily canceled its late-night and early-morning flights into and out of the country. The carrier said it would continue to monitor the situation.

Caribbean Airlines presently has no plans to cancel any of its flights but advised travelers to carry all necessary identification in order to get to the airport.

Caribbean Airlines has no plans at this time to cancel any of its flights, but advised travelers to carry all necessary identification in order to get to the airport. The airline said customers should check its website for updated information.  


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