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Caribbean Airlines Poised To Expand BVI Airlift Links


Caribbean Airlines, a formidable regional and international travel connector has applied to
the United States Department of Transportation for permission to travel to the BVI and other
neighbouring destinations.
The application which was filed on 8 April with the United States Department of
Transportation seeks permission for the regional airline to offer its services “between
Trinidad and Tobago via the intermediate points of Dominica and Tortola, British Virgin
Islands, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.”
The granting of this permission would mean an extension of BVI airlift connection as the
Territory would have direct access to more destinations. According to the application
Caribbean Airlines with the addition of these new routes will be flying to and from: Trinidad
and Tobago, Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire and Curacao,
the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique,
St. Kitts,  St. Lucia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan, New York, Miami, Orlando, Boston,
Washington, D.C., Zurich, Stockholm, Toronto, Mexico, St. Maarten, Jamaica; and St. Vincent
and the Grenadines.
As a flag carrier of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines currently holds
various exemptions authorizing service between that twin island republic and Jamaica, with
various other Caribbean stops.
Earlier this year Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie mentioned that the
Caribbean Airlines was in talks to offer services to the Territory.
 In a statement to the House of Assembly in February Hon. Fahie announced that an eight-
member team from Caribbean Airlines (CAL) visited the BVI from 29 January to 1 February, on
a Fact-Finding Visit.  Hon. Fahie said that the Caribbean Airline team visited the BVI with a
view to exploring expansion of their network to include Tortola using their ATR fleet. “The
first stop on the tour witnessed a presentation of their intention to the Honourable Premier of
the Virgin Islands, the Financial Secretary, the Board of Directors of the BVI Airports Authority
and other key stakeholders essential to realising operations in the Territory,” Hon. Fahie
“Discussions are ongoing between CAL and the various Government Agencies and key
stakeholders, including the BVIAA, as the airline has indicated it must take into consideration
the regulatory framework and requirements of the respective Territories. May I say that this is
a positive step in our mission to improve airlift access for Virgin Islanders, residents and
visitors,” the Premier further mentioned.