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Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Barath
Trade and Industry Minister Vasant Barath

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.

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Comment by Nia on April 20, 2013 at 3:10am

Flights are already limited going into Kingston from the US as it is. I just came from Kingston on 4/11 went down for carnival. I live in Pittsburgh, PA so i flew out of JFK on Jetblue and came back on the new air carrier Fly Jamaica. I went with the airline who had the best price at the time i booked. Since i was staying at a hotel the 2:00a Caribbean Airline flight that leaves JFK wasn't an option for me anyway. If i was staying at someone's private home that would've been different. I have used CAL on separate occasions flying out of Kingston last year for Christmas when i was in business class. I do support the carrier when possible and i hope that they don't pull or limit their flght schedule in and out of Kingston. I find that the other airline carriers are already have full flights going in and out Kingston as it is. Cutting CAL's operations would be a real disadvantage to Jamaican people who live in Kingston, New York, Miami,  or Ft. Lauderdale that depend on their service and fly with them regularly.

Comment by Cause for concern on April 18, 2013 at 4:11pm

L Jeffrey, it makes no sense to me either, nobody with common sense is going to operate a business at a loss, if they can help it.

Comment by trini sharpi on April 18, 2013 at 3:24pm
Instead of running to JetBlue & Americans airline JA people should support CAL less people less flight.....nothing to do with disrespect
Comment by L Jeffrey on April 18, 2013 at 2:31pm
That is what the call business. If people are not fulling up the flights to those destinations what do you want them to do? Keep loosing money until they go out of business. Makes no sense. Common or business. Steuups
Comment by keven blaq on April 18, 2013 at 7:15am
Mi sah again they run in to bankruptcy they have no respect for Jamaica and the jamaican people
Its all about how much they can bleed us for

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