Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

CTO strives to improve interregional flights

WILLEMSTAD/BRIDGETOWN — The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) strives to improve inter-regional flights to boost tourism. “To realize this we will convene meetings with technical personnel of the various CTO-members at official level.” The board of directors decided this after the first meeting with the CTO-Aviation Task Force. The new CTO-chairwoman, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, spoke of a ‘productive meeting’, where parties discussed the costs of interregional flights, the economic impact of less passengers, increasing the travel comfort for passengers and improving the efficiency of the aviation in the Caribbean region.

The ‘Aviation Committee’ also has the ‘San Juan Agreement (a memorandum approved by the CTO-members in 2007), which confirms the agreements on regional transport, guarantees for minimum revenues, communication agreements among the regional carriers, ‘open-skies agreements’, government taxes, fuel prices, visa restrictions, safety and screening of passengers, airlift capacity and the independence of local hotels from the intra-regional market.

“The possibility of American Eagle leaving the hub of San Juan in 2013 was also discussed. The challenges as well as the new possibilities involved for the eastern part of the Caribbean area were discussed. The committee also argued to convene meetings during the first five weeks of 2013 with various airline companies and airport managers. The aim is to convene a regional meeting in the first quarter of 2013”, said Nicholson-Doty.

CTO explained the committee consists of technical experts, policymakers and persons with experience in the field of legislation from both the public and the private sector. The experts are professionals from the tourist sector, from airline companies and airports and aviation consultants.

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