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Caribbean officials discuss more efficient transportation

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Caribbean officials discuss more efficient transportation

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Caribbean airlines officials discuss safer, more efficient transportation
Saturday, February 15, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana

CMC

Efforts to get state-owned air carriers within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to collaborate on providing more efficient, effective and safe transportation in the region have been discussed.

A CARICOM Secretariat statement said the second meeting of the regional airlines was held in Guyana last week and attended by representatives from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL), the Antigua-based LIAT, Surinam Airways and Bahamas Airlines.

The Secretariat said the meeting was “to advance discussions that began on 23 January, 2014 (and) preceded inaugural deliberations of the Transportation Commission” held on Thursday.

The statement said that the interaction of regional air carriers in January identified the procurement of equipment, training of personnel, scheduling of flights, and maintenance of aircrafts, as some of the areas where cooperation was possible.

“The meeting agreed that while CAL and LIAT collaborated at the technical level, interaction at the corporate level would prove useful in cementing and increasing collaboration and improving efficiencies. “To this end, the acting CEOs of the two airlines met on 31 January and advanced concrete ways of collaboration in the areas identified,” the statement said, adding that the outcome of that meeting was shares with the other regional airlines this week.

The statement quoted CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, as expressing his appreciation to the airlines for so willingly making themselves available for interaction and assured them of the Secretariat’s commitment to facilitate such engagements.

He reminded the airlines representatives that the area in which they operate was a critical component in the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the development of the Community as a whole.

He said CARICOM chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was very encouraged by the efforts that were being pursued on the transportation front and looked forward to greater collaboration among the airlines and consequently an improvement in service to the travelling public.

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"The meeting agreed that while CAL and LIAT collaborated at the technical level, interaction at the corporate level would prove useful in cementing and increasing collaboration and improving efficiencies."

Historically - just like T&T has used and abused CARICOM - BWIA and CAL have signed agreements and then ignored them while LIAT frantically adjusted its schedules and corporate agenda to fit the agreements. Trinidad has a HUGE amount of "old talk", while in reality proceeding on its own predetermined path regardless.

Translation: CAL will sign ANYthing, then do whatever they wanted to do in the first place.

For instance, if CAL and LIAT agreed to change flight times so there would be proper coordination for transit passengers, LIAT's flight times will change (and make their own delays even worse), and CAL's will not change.

It's the same old, same old, don't expect miracles when there are no angels at the table.

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