CAL to review airfare structure

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Minister of Tourism and Commerce, Irfaan Ali.
Minister of Tourism and Commerce, Irfaan Ali.

Following a meeting today [Sunday, August 18] between the Guyana government and the management of Caribbean Airlines (CAL), it was agreed that the current airfare structure will be reviewed.

This commitment was given by Chairman of the Board of CAL, Mr. Philip Marshall. The CAL team from Trinidad met with Ministers Irfaan Ali and Robeson Benn, along with private sector representatives, representatives from the THAG, GTA and CJIA CEO, Mr. Ramesh Ghir.

The Caribbean Airlines team from Trinidad, accompanied by Mr. Carl Stuart, Airport Manager, also included the Chief Executive Officer (ag), Mr. Jagmohan Singh, Corporate Secretary, Ms. Nalini Lalla.

According to a press release from the Tourism Ministry, the meeting sought to address key and critical issues such as the customer service of Caribbean Airlines, in-transit process and security checks of Guyanese passengers at Piarco International Airport, Caribbean Airlines’ capacity, airfare, and Caribbean Airline’s flag carrier status.

According to Minister Ali, this engagement is critical to combating the negative perceptions perpetuated against Caribbean Airlines. Given this fact, Minister Ali assured that the Government, and by extension the people of Guyana, recognise the role that Caribbean Airlines has played in attempting to fill the gap in Guyana’s airlift capacity.

Ali impressed upon the need for both Caribbean Airlines and Government of Guyana to improve the partnership and to formulate a strategy that would define the way forward in the best interest of all stakeholders involved.

Mr. Marshall assured that “the people of Guyana are important to the heartbeat of Caribbean Airlines,” and the fact that the delegation is meeting with the Government and private sector representatives points to its willingness to forge new partnerships.

One of the critical means of accomplishing this, he added, was to establish a formal communication structure through which important concerns can be quickly directed to the senior management of Caribbean Airlines.

To reiterate, Caribbean Airlines Chairman said that although there are constraints Caribbean Airlines will continue to build improved partnerships with the Guyanese travellers.

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