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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Apr 07 2017 — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is to operate scheduled flights between the Piarco International Airport and the recently opened Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St Vincent, it has been officially announced.

AIA spokesperson Tabia Matthews, in a brief press statement said that the scheduled flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays and will offer passengers “connections to their other North American destinations”.

She could not say what type of aircraft will be used to provide the service, but CAL has been using its fleet of ATRs on its Barbados, St Lucia routes.

Matthews said that CAL has completed its operational setup and is currently conducting check-in, ticketing and baggage tests.

“Additionally, CAL is working towards opening a Cuban gateway, which will benefit a wide range of travellers, including students who are studying in Cuba. CAL’s cargo service is also expected to commence soon. The AIA team takes this opportunity to officially welcome Caribbean Airlines on board,” Matthews said.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves had, in the past, objected to CAL flying the same route as the regional airline, LIAT, because of the fuel subsidy that Port of Spain gave to the state-owned airline. But the subsidy was removed after LIAT secured a legal opinion that it contravened the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Treaty. (CMC)

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