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Wednesday 23 March 2011  Tourism Minister Honourable Allan Chastanet says Saint Lucia eagerly anticipates the Trinidadian owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to commence service to the island.


Minister Chastanet recently held talks with Trinidad`s Prime Minister Honourable Kamala Persad-Bissesser, and Tourism and Civil Aviation minister, Jack Warner, to discuss plans for the airline to become Saint Lucia`s designated carrier to the United States market.


Chastanet says the commencement of service by Caribbean airlines can present tremendous benefits for Saint Lucia.


“Saint Lucia is very much encouraged by Caribbean Airlines to commence flights to the island on two routes: Trinidad to Saint Lucia route via the George FL Charles Airport, and Saint Lucia to the United States of America.

“Caribbean Airlines has purchased Air Jamaica and they have  made the decision—as  far as I know—to maintain the brand of Air Jamaica. Air Jamaica was the designated carrier on the New York/Saint Lucia route. We have made it very clear that we will be willing to ensure that that arrangement stays in place for Caribbean Airlines should they decide to commence service into North America.”


The management of Caribbean  Airlines has already announced plans to expand its services to the OECS.


The tourism minister expressed confidence that the introduction of CAL will lead to significant improvements in inter-regional travel.


“Caribbean  Airlines is now flying from JFK into Grenada and they are about to commence services into Antigua; they are obviously flying into Jamaica and from JFK into Trinidad. They are looking at commencing some new services; this is something  we encourage and welcome. We are looking forward to see the commencement of a flight by Caribbean  Airlines by the fourth quarter of this year.”


CAL is owned and operated by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.


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