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Caribbean Airlines records over US$14 million in losses due to COVID-19

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2020 | 11:28 AM
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has recorded a loss of more than US$14 million in just over a one-month period as a result of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, has disclosed.

She told the Senate that the airline, during the period March 23 to April 30, had estimated its losses at US$14.2 million.

“The financial impact to Caribbean Airlines Limited from losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic took effect from the beginning of March 2020, prior to the closure of our national borders,” she told legislators, adding that demand for air travel had “already been reduced significantly.

“The impact was further exacerbated following the closure of our borders at midnight on March 22. As a wholly-owned state enterprise, Caribbean Airlines Limited has complied with government policy during the COVID-19 pandemic and maintained all of its staff on payroll”.

She said in addition to that measure, notwithstanding the fact that air travel is severely restricted currently, CAL is also required to keep its aircraft leases up to date and also ensure that the planes are airworthy and all of its systems functioning in readiness for the resumption of flights.

Last November, the airline reported its unaudited summary financial results for January to September 2019, showing it continues to achieve an operating profit and a positive net income.

The unaudited results for the nine months ending September 2019 show earnings before interest and taxes of TT$121 million, with revenue for the period being TT$2.3 billion, up 3.8 per cent.

“It has truly been a breakout year for Caribbean Airlines. Another strong financial performance means we can continue our investments into new planes and services for our customers, building a better place to work for our employees, and supporting communities across the Caribbean through sponsorship, economic activity, and global connectivity.” Garvin Medera, the airline’s chief executive officer, said then.

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