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Government to address inter-island transport

Government to address inter-island transport

Airplane in the sky, over the cloudy skyGovernment is exploring several recommendations that can be taken to help improve air and sea transportation between Trinidad and Tobago.

The proposals were put forward during a meeting held between Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary , Orville London and Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar.

On Monday the meeting took place at the Office of the Prime Minister.

In a statement following the meeting, the Prime Minister said one suggestion that was made, is that in addition to the current available flights that a system of chartered flights with private entities or with Caribbean Airlines be considered.

The government admitted that this may attract a higher rate than the subsidized rate, but guarantees persons a space on a flight at the times that are available, without the hassle that they may otherwise face.

The release said it was brought to the government’s attention that there is a system operating on the air bridge where a person can purchase a ticket, and the ticket is valid for a year, they can make several bookings on the same day or the next day and never utilize the ticket, and the flight will be seen as fully booked.

Mrs Persad Bissessar said the current system means that these tickets can be reused, and as a result flights are not flying at their full complement.

She said a suggestion was made for consideration for the airline and perhaps the sea bridge as well to have a penalty fee for cancellation.

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