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Caribbean Airlines Adds More Flights Ahead of T&T Carnival.

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Now maybe you can come to T&T for Carnival!

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Carnival chasers in Jamaica, Barbados, Toronto, Miami and surrounding cities now have a chance to make it for Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival. Caribbean Airlines has added flights from these destinations between February 12th and February 26th, allowing for more visitors during the peak period.

For months there has been chatter online related to high flight costs ahead of T&T’s “Mother of All Carnivals.” It’s nothing really new since traditionally, flight availability and cost is high during this period. Amid high demand, the country’s National air carrier has committed to operating additional flights. Take a look at the flight options below:


In its statement, CAL said the flights are now available via its website at www.caribbean-airlines.com.

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Iwer George Bids For Ownership of Government Water Vessels, Issues Pre-Action Protocol Letter.

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Trinidad and Tobago soca artiste, Neil ‘Iwer’ George has threatened legal action against state owned, NIDCO (National Infrastructure Development Company), arising out of the company’s indecision following his sole bid for the purchase via auction, of three vessels last year.

According to legal documents obtained, it is noted that George, the owner of radio station, TriniBashment 91.9FM, placed bids for the purchase of the HSC Milancia, the HSC Olivia, and the HSC Katia, on December 29th, 2022. Following the bidding process, George received a letter issued by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, indicating that his bid submission had in fact been received for and on behalf of NIDCO, however there has been no further correspondence from either company.

Iwer, documented as the sole bidder in the process, is now demanding that NIDCO and PATT prepare and execute the Sale Agreement to transfer the vessels to him. George’s attorney, Annabelle Davis has offered a 28 day timeframe, following which she warns legal action will proceed, should either of the parties ignore the pre-action protocol letter.

Iwer George is the owner of the the Coral Vision party boat. It is not yet known what his plans are, relative to the acquisition of three additional vessels.

In June 2012, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported the four water taxis, which cost tax payers in Trinidad and Tobago some $133 million dollars, were sold for $6 million. The vessels were purchased by the People’s National Movement government, according to that report. The vessels that were in fact bid upon by George, in December 2022, were among the four that were said to have been sold. They had cost tax payers $12 million each.

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Tobago discontinues Virgin Atlantic flight from UK to Scarborough, Tobago.

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The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL) will be discontinuing its airline contract with Virgin Atlantic for airlift between Tobago and the UK. This is the result of a strategic review and realignment of the Agency’s investment in airlift for the destination.


On December 31, 2022, Virgin Atlantic will cease to operate its direct weekly flight to the ANR Robinson International Airport in Tobago, which departs from London Heathrow in the UK. As noted by TTAL’s Executive Chairman Ms. Alicia Edwards, the difficult decision to discontinue the airlift contract was necessary in the current operating climate, as Virgin’s flight has not performed as well as other carriers for the region, and is no longer a financially viable option for Tobago.


Ms. Edwards said, “The return on investment for the Virgin Atlantic airlift subsidy funded by the public sector has been deteriorating steadily over the years, to the point where the renewal of their contract could not be logically defended and executed. In reassessing our destination’s tourism product, state of the industry post-pandemic and other tangible considerations, destination Tobago is not the best fit for a partnership with Virgin at this time. The Agency, and by extension the destination, is grateful to the Virgin team for their tenure of the partnership, and we are confident that we will be able to revisit a relationship with them in the future.”


She continued, “Tobago currently retains multiple airlift options for the UK and European markets, including a British Airways flight operating twice weekly flight between London Gatwick Airport and Tobago. British Airways also operates five flights per week between London and Port of Spain, with a 20-minute transfer to Tobago via the domestic Caribbean Airlines route.”


In an effort to mitigate any short-falls from the discontinuation of the Virgin Atlantic service, as well as to bolster the current initiatives being done to promote Destination Tobago within the UK market –TTAL says it has already embarked on a Joint Winter Marketing Campaign with their overseas representatives.


In addition to this, TTAL says it will be collaborating with British Airways to implement the roll out of a marketing plan with the aim of increasing ticket sales to Tobago through their booking platforms.
TTAL is also facilitating alternative arrangements for Virgin Atlantic customers who would have purchased tickets with dates booked after the carrier’s date of discontinuation.


The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited says it remains committed to working alongside its key partners and stakeholders to ensure that the Agency’s mandates are implemented and achieved.

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