Caribbean Airlines Approved To Operate Flights To Houston And San Juan

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Caribbean Airlines Approved To Operate Flights To Houston And San Juan

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Caribbean Airlines Approved To Operate Flights To Houston And San Juan
BRADLEY WINT
OCT 2, 2020

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted Caribbean Airlines approval to operate flights to Houston, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Proposed scheduled flights will be operated between Trinidad and Houston, Texas, while flights to Puerto Rico will be part of an Eastern Caribbean milk run.

The airline was also approved to operate chartered flights with non-stop segments between Houston and Georgetown, Guyana.

In a Notice Of Action Taken (NOAT) issued on September 29, 2020, approval of new exceptions were made under Title 49 (Transportation) of the United States Code in response to two separate applications made by the airline, allowing them to operate flights to both Houston, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The approval allows for Caribbean Airlines to operate scheduled and chartered flights between Port of Spain, Trinidad (POS) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH) with an intermediary stop in Georgetown, Guyana (GEO). In the original request dated July 22, 2020, the airline proposed scheduled flights between POS and IAH three times a week, along with the following charter routes POS-IAH-GEO and GEO-IAH-POS which they hope to operate twice per month.

Regarding Puerto Rico, the airline was granted permission to fly from Trinidad and Tobago to San Juan, via the intermediate point of Dominica and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. While the airline recently started operating flights between Barbados and Dominica, those who remembered the application dated April 8, 2020 would have noted the airline’s plans to increase its presence within the Eastern Caribbean.

According to the request, they proposed three milk-run styled round-trip routes which would start in Trinidad (POS) with stops to a combination of some of the following destinations including Dominica (DOM), Barbados (BGI), Antigua (ANU), St. Maarten (SXM), Guadeloupe (PTP), St Kitts (SKB), Tortola, BVI (EIS), before ending in Puerto Rico (SJU). The three proposed routes are as follows:

POS-DOM-BGI-ANU-EIS-SJU-EIS-ANU-BGI-DOM-POS
POS-DOM-BGI-SXM-EIS-SJU-EIS-SXM-BGI-DOM-POS
POS-DOM-BGI-SKB-ANU-PTP-SJU-PTP-ANU-SKB-BGI-DOM-POS

In all the proposed routings, the aircraft would overnight in San Juan before returning to Trinidad the next day.

With Trinidad and Tobago’s borders still closed to incoming traffic, most of approved plans have to be put on hold, especially as Caribbean Airlines plans to temporarily cut staffing and reduce salaries from mid-October as they deal with several operations limitations. On the flip side, most of the other Caribbean islands have re-opened (or soon to re-open) their borders, and it wouldn’t be surprisingly to see new destination announcements later on regarding flights to Puerto Rico originating out of Barbados.
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CAL approved to fly POS/Houston route
Klysha Best
4 October, 2020

Caribbean Airlines has been granted approval to fly the Port of Spain/ Houston route, after receiving the nod this past week from the United States Department of Transportation.

CAL’s Chief Executive Officer Garvin Medera, in confirming the news to media, said the airline has also gotten approval to fly to San Juan Puerto Rico.

It is expected that the flight to Puerto Rico will form part of CAL’s expansion into the Eastern Caribbean.

Caribbean Airlines has not made a determination on the projected start up date for the flights since the Trinidad and Tobago borders remain closed.

The move means that CAL will provide direct competition to United Airlines on the Houston route.
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CAL to fly to Houston/Puerto Rico
October 4, 2020

(Trinidad Guardian)

State-owned Caribbean Airlines has received approval from the United States Department of Transportation to fly the Port of Spain/Houston route.

This has been confirmed by the Airline’s Chief Executive Officer Garvin Medera who also said the airline has also gotten approval to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It is expected that the flight to Puerto Rico will form part of CAL’s expansion into the Eastern Caribbean.

Caribbean Airlines has not made a determination on the projected start up date for the flights since the Trinidad and Tobago borders remain closed.

The move means that CAL will provide direct competition to United Airlines on the Houston route.

Caribbean Airlines has been working to build its brand as the Caribbean’s premier airline with a focus on serving the region both intra regionally and access to North America.

The Airline has been hard hit by the advents associated with the corona virus as it has had to fly with reduced capacity out of Jamaica and Barbados with T&T’s borders still closed.

Globally it has been a challenging period for airlines with many unable to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Caribbean Airlines’ has also been forced to ground its operations because of border closures, it enjoyed the luxury of a government guarantee. Roughly US $65 million.

But that financial backing is expiring soon and the airline is now being forced to make decisions about its expenses.

The airline and the government are now working on determining the next steps and one awaits to see what support it is likely to get from Finance Minister Colm Imbert when he presents his budget on Monday.
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