Thanks for all the welcomes by the way.. bwia 772.. tis me.. I have finally decided to join but you already know my views on posting here.. only when required.. nice collection by the way.
There are two articles from the Business Express which I would like to share.. more information on the CAL Tabex merger... and the other article is on CAL's marketing with a focus on Guyana and Trinidad.. quite an interesting read. Perhaps this was the outcome of Guyana naming Caribbean Airlines their national carrier??
Oct 1 start for CAL airbridge service
Tobago Express employees are being separated and re-employed as national carrier Caribbean Airlines takes over its operations on the airbridge.
Caribbean Airlines acquired the outstanding shares of the Tobago carrier and will be commencing operational management of the airbridge under its code from October 1.
In a statement yesterday Caribbean Airlines said the airbridge will continue to be regulated by Government.
"Under new management the airbridge will maintain the present schedule with the current fleet and the ongoing support of Caribbean Airlines' Boeing 737-800 aircraft at times of high demand," the airline said.
"Tobago Express employees will receive statutory severance packages and offered new and enhanced three-month transition contracts with Caribbean Airlines. During this time Caribbean Airlines will work with its employees and customers to design the optimum airbridge service. Following this, staff will be given the opportunities to join Caribbean Airlines' permanent ranks."
In August, Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert announced in a post-Cabinet briefing that Caribbean Airlines had received US$24 million from the State to update the Tobago Express fleet as Government believed this would bring an end to the woes on the airline service between Trinidad and Tobago.
Imbert said Caribbean Airlines management had informed him that the carrier had almost completed its work with respect to the acquisition of 36.5 per cent of the privately-owned shares in Tobago Express and that discussions were continuing for the acquisition of the remaining 14 per cent.
Curtis John, president general of the Aviation, Communication and Allied Workers Union (ACAWU) told the Express yesterday the union was not recognised by Caribbean Airlines.
"They are going to pay off the workers and everyone will have to re-apply to get their jobs," he said.
"In my view they are going to contract out the jobs. That is what is being done now."
Caribbean Airlines to market T&T, Guyana as dual destination
Tuesday, September 18th 2007
NATIONAL air carrier Caribbean Airlines is to build tourism links with Caricom neighbour Guyana to market Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana as a dual destination and to encourage tourism between the countries.
The airline said in a statement yesterday that the project, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association and the Tourism Development Company, is geared to further integrating the Caribbean region with a view to increase the region's market share in global tourism.
The three entities, on the invitation of the Tourism and Hospitality Association in Guyana were in Guyana last week to familiarise themselves with the attractions in the country.
"The Caribbean is integrating into a more holistic tourist destination community, and combined this contingent represented thousands of tourism stakeholders who share interests in the responsible and sustainable development and growth of the regional market," Caribbean Airlines said yesterday.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association, Lorraine Pouchet, speaking in Guyana on the visit, said: "The Guyana tourism product suggests tremendous potential and an opportunity for a synergistic partnership between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago."
She added: "We have agreed in principle to undertake dual destination marketing, since the tourism products of these destinations complement each other."
Caribbean Airlines general manger, Guyana and Paramaribo, Carlton De Four said: "The airline has created a more effective intra-Caribbean network linked to worldwide destinations with the recently added regional routes to Georgetown from Port of Spain and Barbados."