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Showing posts from March, 2007|Airline merger causes hike in inter-island travel fares in St. Lucia

: "“I have to be suffering because of the merger between Caribbean Star and LIAT and right now I don’t really have a choice because it is the only flight going there. I have to pay the money because I want to so…” said Ms. St. Helen. Caribbean Star and LIAT announced a commercial alliance earlier this year while inter-regional travel has soared. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - British Airways resumes flights to Trinidad - Friday | March 30, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - British Airways resumes flights to Trinidad - Friday | March 30, 2007 : "British Airways resumed direct flights to Trinidad this week for the first time in 13 years under a code share agreement with the newly formed Caribbean Airlines. The agreement, which was signed in November last year, also means that Caribbean Airlines, which replaced the debt-ridden national airline, BWIA, will no longer be flying direct from Port of Spain to London."

Caribbean code-share with BA takes off

Caribbean code-share with BA takes off : "CategoriesLatest Flight News Caribbean code-share with BA takes off Caribbean Airlines' transatlantic offering expanded this week as a code-sharing agreement with British Airways came into effect. Fliers can now reach London Gatwick from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, via Barbados. The Atlantic leg of the route is served by a Boeing 777, with a 737 operating on Caribbean's inter-island links. The Trinidadian carrier also flies to Miami International and New York JFK."

Bargains available on Caribbean cruises| |Seen on in mid-March were five-night Caribbean cruises starting at $329 US with sailings April 7 and April 21 on Celebrity Cruises' Century; five-night Caribbean cruises on the NCL Pearl, round-trip from Miami, $458, sailing March 25 and April 8; and a seven-night Caribbean round-trip from Fort Lauderdale on Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess, with sailings April 8, April 22, and April 29, as well as in late fall.

St. Lucia Star Online > Air Jamaica has no plans for merger

St. Lucia Star Online > News Home > Local News : "Air Jamaica, the region’s single largest carrier, has said it was not prepared to participate in any single regional airline. “Merger is not the panacea people like to think it is and the next time somebody throws the merger word out, you should ask them for a copy of the plan as to how it all will come together,” Air Jamaica’s president and chief executive officer, Michael Conway said."

Airline Business| Flight|The time for Caribbean consolidation is ripe

Traffic magnets: Network Americas-19/03/2007-Airline Business : "Caribbean Airlines chief executive Peter Davies plans to launch and lead an initiative to create one airline for the entire Caribbean region. Davies says bringing all the Caribbean carriers together may be the only solution if long-term profitability is to be achieved following years of losses. "

DAILY SOUTHTOWN :: Entertainment :: Destination: Desolation

DAILY SOUTHTOWN :: Entertainment :: Destination: Desolation : "Destination: Desolation Dominica, a rugged Caribbean island, is worth the effort for its beauty By Jill Lawless The Associated Press As I picked my way over hot rocks and bubbling mud in the pouring rain, I realized Dominica was not for the faint-hearted. I was hiking to the Boiling Lake, a bizarre cauldron of steaming-hot water, 200 feet across, and one of the strangest sights on this rugged and beautiful Caribbean island."

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday :Caribbean Airlines eyes London route

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : : "CARIBBEAN AIRLINES will launch its new and enhanced flight service between Port-of-Spain and London in two weeks. The new carrier, which replaced BWIA on January 1, featured prominently at an industrial trade show in London this month. In a statement, Caribbean Airlines CEO Peter Davies said the airline will begin its new flight service between Port-of-Spain to London on March 25. That service forms part of a codeshare agreement signed between the local airline and British Airways earlier this year. "

The Caribbean's 'Nature Island' - Tropical Getaways -

The Caribbean's 'Nature Island' - Tropical Getaways - : "There are no direct flights to Dominica from the U.S. or Europe. Flights with connections on international and local carriers are available via Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is served by American Airlines/American Eagle, Liat and Carib Aviation. Ferry operator Express des Iles connects Dominica's capital, Roseau, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia."

The Nation Newspaper | Caribbean Airlines adds 1 000 more flights

The Nation Newspaper | Caribbean Airlines adds 1 000 more flights : "Caribbean Airlines, the Trinidad-based carrier formed this year to replace BWIA, has added 100 extra flights – totalling over 2 500 seats – to its schedule in anticipation of the huge increase in travellers within the region between now and the end of next month."

Antigua Sun

Antigua Sun : "LIAT – The Star of the Caribbean, the new entity coming out of the merger of Caribbean Star Airlines and LIAT (1974) Ltd., will begin its journey clear of all debts and with some (US)$8 million cash in the bank with which to operate. As part of the agreement, Caribbean Star owner Sir Allen Stanford, has agreed to lend the LIAT shareholder governments (US)$55 million which will go towards liquidating LIAT’s financial liabilities as well as provide working capital. The loan will be repaid to the Stanford Financial Group (SFG) from the proceeds of an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to be executed by an agency of SFG within 24 months of the finalisation of the merger."

LIAT/Caribbean Star Merger Agreement

LIAT/Caribbean Star Merger Agreement : "St. John's, Antigua -- March 8, 2007 -- The Prime Ministers of the Shareholder Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines met in Antigua with Sir Allen Stanford on 7 March 2007 to finalize negotiations concerning merging LIAT (1974) Limited and Caribbean Star Airlines. "

Life is sweet on Antigua

Life is sweet on Antigua : "ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Sailors and beachcombers could happily spend a year darting along the coast of Antigua, exploring a different beach every day until the sand in the hourglass hits 365 -- 365 days, 365 beaches."