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BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt JULY 30 • 2015
year s long
cies in T&T
are reporting no decline in the appetite of
locals to jet away to foreign destinations,
despite problems getting foreign exchange, an
uncertain economy and with the country facing
a general election at the end of the "summer."
In Europe, the United States, to the
Caribbean, demand for leisure destinations
tends to be highest in the July and August
period as this is when children are on holidays
from school and when parents take their annual
Like every other airline, CAL experiences
heightened demand during the July and August
period. In emailed responses, Dionne Ligoure,
head of corporate communications, said the
airline s customers are travelling to both tra-
ditional and non-traditional destinations, while
others are doing multi-destination trips.
Looking at domestic tourism between the
islands, Ligoure said this has been trending
upward since the attractions include eco-
tourism, short stays and event travel, combined
business/leisure travel and strong growth in
the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
"For June 2015, airlift on the domestic air
bridge was increased by over seven per cent
compared to the same period last year. For
July, Caribbean Airlines has added over 15 per
cent more capacity and for August the air-
bridge schedule is augmented by 16 per cent
over last year."
Overall, coping with increased capacity
requires changes which must be neatly crafted
"In order to better meet our customers
needs during the summer peak between July
through to September, we have enhanced our
schedule to several destinations, including
from Jamaica, to and from New York, Orlando,
Toronto; from T&T, to and from New York,
Orlando, Toronto, Barbados, Grenada, Caracas
The airline is satisfied with its strategic
position in the market and is comfortable that
its brand is recognised and that brand loyalty
continues to be strong.
"Caribbean Airlines entire 19 destination
network is popular with travellers: New York,
Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Toronto,
London, Kingston, St Maarten, Barbados,
Guyana, Suriname, Bahamas among others,
where our flights are booked and we are
delighted for that."
Asked about the cost of visiting CAL s des-
tinations, she said fares are dependent on the
needs of the customer, the length of stay and
other factors. She said for some fares start
from as low as US$149 to got Florida.
Catalina Breton, director of international
planning and commercial, JetBlue, said the
destinations frequented by T&T nationals dur-
ing the July and August period are Ft Laud-
erdale and New York.
Explaining the popularity of the two des-
tinations, she said: "Ft Lauderdale offers world-
renowned beaches, shopping and entertain-
ment attractions for all ages, and is a quick
30-minute drive from Miami and Palm Beach,
each of which offer additional activities."
In emailed responses she said: "A quick
flight connection to Orlando (which is about
a four-hour drive) offers families the many
theme parks and attractions. New York also
offers very interesting historic sightseeing and
cultural institutions such as museums and
Broadway shows, as well as shopping.
"From either New York or Ft Lauderdale,
JetBlue s daily service from Port-of-Spain
offers connections to a number of other popular
destinations, including Boston, Las Vegas (a
great launch point to see the Grand Canyon),
Los Angeles and San Francisco."
Regarding the price of tickets, she said costs
vary depending on which day the customer
wants to travel.
Breton said: "There is a trend to explore the
Approximate costs according to Expedia.com
(using the cheapest flights) for the period August 16 to 31
American Jet Blue United
Fort Lauderdale $643.90 $596.65
Steady profits for
airlines, travel agencies
As vacation getaways continue
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