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Caribbean Airlines (CAL) does not need
a bail out just yet.
That's the declaration of its chief exec-
utive, Michael DiLollo. He said the airline
had benefitted from extremely patient
shareholders for years and believed the
airline was strategically positioned to break
even in three years.
In early February, then finance minister
Larry Howai told Parliament that unaudited
accounts for 2014 showed the airline made
a loss of US$60 million, inclusive of its
Air Jamaica operations, and the airline
planned to break even by 2017.
Howai had also told the Parliament that
a five-year strategic plan had been com-
pleted and currently was being approved
It outlined the transformation of the
business model through reassessment of
the product, including fleet and network
planning, revenue management, pricing
and customer service.
Speaking yesterday to members of the
media at CAL's Piarco headquarters, DiLol-
"When I look at the investment that
has been afforded to the airline and com-
pare that with my experience in the private
sector, it is absolutely astounding.
"All of the shareholders, whatever the
political affiliation, have been extremely
patient and extremely committed to this
airline over the years.
"I am humbled and grateful that they
(the shareholders) did it. However, in the
current context we need to do better. We
need to do better for the shareholders. We
need to do better for the people of T&T."
Asked whether the airline planned to
seek a bail out, he said: "We are trying
desperately to minimise that to zero as
quickly as we possibly can but obviously
returning value for shareholders in socio-
economically balanced manner."
DiLollo, a pilot, said he was ready to
land the airline in a break-even financial
position and that the airline was "well on
our way, very well on our way to achieving
Asked what he meant by "well on our
way" he said: "We are about 35 to 40 per
cent of the way there. There is much work
to do. In the next month as all of the ini-
tiatives come into play (it would) add con-
siderably to that progress.
He added: "It's a dynamic environment.
We have deployed 32 transformational
projects in the company that are starting
to yield very positive results. We are very
happy with those results today."
While not specifically stating the need
for the ticket price to increase for inter-
island travel, he said the price of the ticket
was not at a suitable rate to attract prof-
He said: "The airbridge at current ticket
prices which date back to 1992 is not
something we can look at in today's infla-
tionary realities and say that the T&T
(inter-island) route is a positive contribu-
tion to CAL.
"It is an essential service that we must
take very seriously and obviously would
require some funding under the current
pricing. We just can't make that work
under the current pricing scheme that
exists. The T&T airbridge obviously
requires some level of assistance."
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 06TH OCTOBER, 2015
JENSEN LA VENDE
The killing of 54-year-old Derek
Hooker, the senior manager of
operations (North West) of the
Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA), is being described by
police as senseless.
According to police, around 6.30
pm Monday, Hooker had just pulled
into his yard when he was
approached by a gunman. Police
said as he was walking into his
home the man shot him in the face
twice and left.
He was taken to the St James
Medical Centre and then transferred
to the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital where he died around 9.30
The murder toll for the year stood
at 337 up to late yesterday.
Speaking with the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday Hooker's wife, Bernadette,
said the couple would have cele-
brated their 25 wedding anniversary
on October 15. She said her husband
was a wonderful man who loved
the Lord and that was his only
Hooker's brother, Anthony, said
the father of six was a president at
the Mormon Tabernacle on Cipriani
Boulevard, Port-of-Spain, and lived
for the church, work and people.
"He doesn't really sleep much
because his life is WASA, the church
and people. He would go and pray
for people who are experiencing
problems. People with money
issues, he would try to help them.
"So for somebody to come and
do this, people are wondering why.
He wasn't involved in drugs or any-
thing. We know 100 per cent that
he was not involved in anything.
"He doesn't drink or smoke. He
doesn't even lime. Why take a
father, a brother, a family man, an
aide to society?" Anthony asked.
He added: "He was in control of
the North region. He doesn't phys-
ically see about the contracts. From
what we heard, that is not normal
for someone to call someone out
of their home and shoot them, so
it has to be something. He never
complained about any threats. They
took nothing from the man."
Corporate communications man-
ager of WASA Daniel Plenty, in a
media release, said Hooker was
employed at the authority for 32
He said Hooker built a reputation
as a highly dedicated and exemplary
worker, who was loved by all.
"There is a great sense of loss
being experienced throughout the
authority, as employees throughout
the organisation come to terms with
this sudden and senseless loss of a
most valued employee and co-
"The authority hopes that the
perpetrator/s of this crime will be
brought to justice in the shortest
possible time," the release added.
In an unrelated killing, 17-year-
old Richard Guy died while being
treated at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital after being shot by a gun-
man on Monday evening.
Police said around 6.30 pm Guy
was near the housing scheme along
the Old St Joseph Road when a
gunman approached him and shot
A 24-year-old woman also was
shot in the right arm. Both were
taken to hospital. However, Guy
died while being treated.
WASA manager killed near home
CAL not looking for bail out yet CAMILLE CLARKE
A three-year-old child was rescued from a car
by police late yesterday in Maraval after thieves
stole the vehicle from the his mother in east
The rescue followed a shootout between the
robbers and police. Police said the robbers held
up and robbed the child's mother of the vehicle
as she was about to enter her driveway at Orange
Grove Road, Tacarigua. Her son was in the back
seat of the silver Hyundai Tucson.
The woman made a report and the car's GPS
was activated. The Northern Division sub-control
office contacted the Maraval Police Station, via
wireless, to let them know the vehicle was
approaching the station.
Under Cps Nicome and Nicholas, PC Bart and
WPCs Valentine and Edwards officers tried to
intercept the car near the Maraval Police Station
but were shot at. The police returned fire in an
attempt to stop the stolen vehicle. The vehicle
reportedly collided with five other cars. The robbers
abandoned the car with the child.
They escaped into the nearby Maraval River.
The officers rescued the child from the vehicle
and took him to the Maraval Police Station where
he was medically examined and his parents con-
Boy, 3, rescued
from stolen car
• The London route would be
dropped effectively on January
• The decision to drop the
route comes after the findings
of two consultants.
• The diaspora will be well
taken care of.
• Not ruling out a code-
sharing agreement with any
• Assessing the risk/rewards
options concerning picking up
the Georgetown/Jamaica route.
No decision made.
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