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Grenada holding talks with CAL on London route

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Grenada's tourism Minister Dr George Vincent has confirmed that discussions are being held with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to service the Grenada-London route.

He said the talks involving the Grenada Airlift Committee followed last week's announcement by British Airways that it would reduce its twice weekly summer flights to Grenada to one from next year.

"We are confident that negotiations with Caribbean Airlines will bring about desired results and we will be able to soon fill the void, created by British Airways' decision," Vincent said.

British Airways cited a reassessment of the Caribbean routes as the main factor behind the reduction. According to the airline, the capacity overhaul was undertaken as a direct result of recession in the United Kingdom and the launch of the Las Vegas, United States 2013 flights.

Vincent said that while it is of no comfort to Grenada, four other Caribbean Islands are being affected by British Airways' decision.

A government statement Tuesday said that contact has been made with the regional airline, LIAT, regarding the re-instatement of its Grenada to Barbados flights following a decision by the airline to cut its services to the island.

oct 2 effective date

Last month, the airline said its new schedule would go into effect on October 2, and that the island would be omitted from a number of daily flights operated by the company.

LIAT's corporate communications manager Desmond Brown said the decision to cut back on services follows an assessment of the performance of the Grenada market.

"In recent times we have seen a significant drop in demand for seats in that market," Brown said, adding that based on the results of market research "we had no choice but to reduce the number of daily flights to and from Grenada."

He added that LIAT would continue to assess the viability of the Grenada market in its network.

But the Technical and Allied Workers Union has warned that workers who were owed EC$6 million (one EC dollar = US$0.37) in outstanding arrears dating back to 1983 could be laid off as a result of the airline's decision.