Trinidad and Tobago national swim team has been anchored by a Caribbean Airlines pilots strike at Piarco International Airport and so have been unable to depart for the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in Barbados.
“We have problems. We were supposed to leave this afternooon (yesterday), but our flight has been cancelled,” T&T team manager Gary Morales disclosed. “We have been talking to our travel and Bee Wee (Caribbean Airways) trying to highlight the gravity of the situation and to request that we be prioritised to get to Barbados.”
Some members left for Barbados prior to yesterday’s developments. However, a total 38 swimmers and support staff, due to leave yesterday, were prevented from doing so. With the CISC competition scheduled to start tomorow morning, manager Morales said he had gotten no firm solution, despite several efforts to sort out the situation.
“Nothing has been confirmed as yet. There is some speculation that we might be able to get some (team members) out tomorrow, but nothing has been confirmed,” Morales added.
The one positive is that swimmers had been spared the trauma of going to the airport and having to return. Morales explained that on hearing news of possible industrial action by the pilots, he contacted both the airline and travel agency and confirmed that their flight were indeed grounded. “I then sent out communication to all the parents,” said Morales, adding, “I do not know if anyone went up there.”