Caribbean Airlines Eyes Fifth Freedom Island Runs

The Trinitarian carrier Caribbean Airlines yesterday filed an application with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to run a multistop route between Port of Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Above all, with this route, the airline aims to improve the connectivity in the Caribbean.

As Caribbean Airlines plans to stop in several countries in the region, the airline is pointing out that it has the right to perform this kind of flight that would use the fifth freedom.

Caribbean Airlines bases its application on the 2010 Air Transport Services Agreement between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. It says that airlines of Trinidad and Tobago can fly from its country and “intermediate points to any point  in the United States and beyond.”

Nevertheless, there’s an interesting twist of events. Currently, Caribbean Airlines is not allowed to operate this milk route, because the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago didn’t renew its authorization, which expired on 21 December 2019.

Reasons why the airline actually filed the application. Caribbean Airlines “hereby seeks to reinstate the same authority exemption it has been granted and it operated under for over a decade.” The carrier added that the reinstatement will result in no additional impact on U.S. carriers.

Caribbean Airlines says it has permits to operate the route with stops in Dominica and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. But the airline wants to add more stops. So it is proposing to the DOT three new routes.

That’s why the first route will begin in Port of Spain with stopping points in Dominica, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, and San Juan. In the three routes, the aircraft will stay overnight in Puerto Rico.

The airline would launch this route on 1 August 2020. Also, the carrier would operate it with two weekly flights. The first leg of the trip would be on Tuesdays and Fridays while the return would happen on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The second route would have stopping points in Dominica, Barbados, St. Maarten, and Tortola, before arriving in San Juan. Caribbean Airlines plans to launch this flight on 3 August with two weekly flights on Sunday and Wednesday. The returns would be on Monday and Thursday.

Finally, the third route would have stopping points in Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts, Antigua, and Guadeloupe. It would begin on 4 August with three weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The airline plans to operate these routes on an ATR 72-600 turboprop with 68 economy class seats.


Culled from Simple Flying

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