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The Trinidad and Tobago government says it has not sought to downplay the importance of the Jamaica market amid threats from Kingston that it would withdraw the Air Jamaica brand from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) following widespread reports there that the carrier would be reducing the number of daily flight to Jamaica.
Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Bharath told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that a number of issues, including load factors, had caused the CAL to re-examine some of its policies.
Last week, CAL Communications Manager Clint Williams confirmed media reports that the airline would be cutting back on the number of flights to Jamaica, effective April 16.
Jamaica’s Transport Minister Dr. Omar Davis said the decision by the cash-strapped airline would contradict the agreement signed when CAL acquired Air Jamaica two years ago.
Davies said the only tangible weapon the government has relates to the use of the Air Jamaica brand.
But Bharath said “we believe the Air Jamaica brand has value that was the reason we went into the arrangement in the first instance.