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Scandinavian airline makes first flight to Tobago
The inaugural flight of the Novair charter from Scandinavia landed at the ANR Robinson International Airport just before 8 pm on Tuesday with a 95 per cent load factor.
The Division of Tourism and Transportation in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) hosted a brief ceremony in the international departure lounge to celebrate the occasion. Deputy Chief Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Minister of Tourism Chandresh Sharma and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Juliana Boodram were in attendance, along with key tourism stakeholders and members of staff of the Division of Tourism and Transportation.
Davidson-Celestine expressed her enthusiasm over this milestone event in Tobago’s tourism industry. “The expansion of Destination Tobago’s reach into Europe’s third largest outbound travel market is a remarkable feat for any destination, but particularly a Caribbean island located so far south in the archipelago,” she said.
“With projections indicating that this new service will increase our arrivals from this region by 25 per cent, it is clear that this initiative will undoubtedly reap many benefits for our tourism industry and, by extension, the island’s economy.” Commercial director and senior vice president of Nordic Takis Filippopoulos said: “We tried very hard and together with the local tourist authorities in Tobago, with support from them, we succeeded in making Tobago well known in Scandinavia.
“In the last three months the majority of the newspapers and the magazines were writing about Tobago, creating a very big interest in the island and the area, which we can see now with the booking numbers.” Filippopoulos said the airline intends to increase the number of flights on the Novair charter in the future. The charter is scheduled to operate weekly out of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Bookings for the winter season are already at 2,500.
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