Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines has
acquired the remaining 51% of shares in Tobago Express and will
begin operational management of the carrier's "air bridge" service
between Piarco Airport in Trinidad and Crown Point Airport in
Tobago, effective Oct. 1.
Prior to the
acquisition, Caribbean Airlines inherited BWIA's 49% share of the
Tobago-based carrier after Caribbean Airlines replaced BWIA as the
state-owned airline last January.
founded in 2001, offers several 25-minute flights between the two
islands each day.
Under the new
management, the air bridge will maintain the present schedule with
Tobago Express's current fleet of five Dash-8 aircraft and the
support of Caribbean Airlines' 737-800 aircraft at times of high
The service will
continue to be regulated by the government of Trinidad and
plans to offer seamless connections between the islands for local
and international travelers, making the destination part of its
network," said Peter Davies, CEO. "Our schedule also will link
other carriers landing in Port of Spain to Crown Point.'
Davies said that
improved distribution and customer service processes "will build
the foundation for the future sustainability of the air
employees will receive statutory severance packages and will be
offered three-month transition contracts with Caribbean
transition period, Caribbean Airlines will work with its employees
and customers to design the "optimum air bridge service," according
transition period, staff will have the opportunity to join the
permanent ranks of Caribbean Airlines.
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