Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chamber: Sick-out detrimental to brand T&T

President of the Chamber of Indus­try and Commerce in Toba­go

Diana Haddad has called yes­ter­day’s sick-out by pilots detri­men­­tal

to Tobago’s tourism thrust.

Twenty-four pilots and first officers called in sick. 

Haddad told the Express deciding to call in sick on any day is critical to Tobago. “I would like to tell you that there were people who were waiting to go on the plane for medical reasons. What are they to do now?” Haddad asked.

She said the inter-island ferry and airline service are Tobago’s lifeline. She said a number of international suppliers are now questioning conducting business with this country. 

“What does it do for our international image? We are on a drive to change this image and to say we are ready for business. What does it do for our international image; where is brand Trinidad and Tobago?” she said. 

She said only on Monday, an emergency meeting was called with officials of Caribbean Airlines to address additional concerns with the airline affecting Tobago. 

Over the weekend, over 400 persons were on the stand-by list and, according to Haddad, this occurred because no extra flights were added. She said officials said additional flights were costing unnecessary spending of monies and CAL needs to be viable. 

“We have asked for an emergency meeting,” she said.