Caribbean Airlines, flag carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, has announced plans to introduce cargo charter services in an effort to boost the supply chain of goods in the Caribbean region. This is amid growing demand for cargo services across the Caribbean due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted regular cargo supplies by passenger aircraft coming into the region.
The airline plans on using its Boeing 737-800 and ATR 72-600 passenger aircraft on these cargo runs, therefore allowing the movement of up to 18,000 pounds of essential goods to destinations within the region. These will include Grenada, Jamaica, Nassau and a host of other destinations within the region subject to demand and authorization by the various jurisdictions. These flights will be in addition to the dedicated Boeing 767 freighter in the airline's fleet, which will conduct operations between Trinidad and Tobago and Miami.
According to Marklan Moseley, General Manager Cargo, Caribbean Airlines: “In these unprecedented times, our cargo operations are crucial to securing the urgent supply of essential goods within the Caribbean. We will continue to adapt our business in order to meet the evolving needs of our valued customers.”
This move is in line with sentiments by the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Director General Alexandre de Juniac, who earlier this week stated that despite airlines adapting their services to meet the demand for cargo capacity during this crisis, there was still a need for governments to reduce the bureaucracy involved in facilitating cargo operations in their respective jurisdictions.