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Pilots sick out - Caribbean Airlines flights cancelled

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

ALL flights scheduled for today on State-airline Caribbean Airlines will be affected since many of its pilots who were rostered to operate flights have called in sick.
Flights international and domestic have been affected. Many flights to and from Tobago have already been cancelled.
In a press statement Caribbean Airlines stated that it was disappointed with the pilots' action and apologised to passengers caused by the delays.
The release quoted chief executive officer Michael DiLollo as stating in an internal release to staff: " We are naturally concerned firstly for the health and welfare of our pilot body since this is an unprecedented occurrence. This unfortunate situation has disrupted our scheduled services at the beginning of our critical summer season, during which we count most on our operational crews to demonstrate reliability and service for our loyal customers."
He also said: " Many families choose this time to travel and have committed hard-earned savings to enjoying this time together. To disappoint them will surely be a serious breach of our unspoken contract with them, a betrayal far deeper than our legal commitment to provide the promised service."
Caribbean Airline stated communication have been taking place between the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilot's Association (TTALPA) regarding outstanding issues and will continue to have discussions "in good faith."
Passengers are being advised to confirm their flight times with the Flight Status Tool on the company's website at www.caribbean-airlines.com prior to travel to avoid further disturbance.
Line Minister, Finance Minister Larry Howai could not immediately respond to the issue this morning since he was making a contribution in the Senate.

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