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Tobago passengers cram Piarco Airport

Published: 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Dozens of Ferry passengers crowd Caribbean Airlines’ counter at Piarco International Airport, yesterday. The T&T Express was removed from service after its licence to operate expired on Wednesday.

The area at the Piarco International airport allocated for passengers travelling to Tobago was packed beyond capacity yesterday as passengers affected by the withdrawal of the T&T Express utilised the seats made available for them by Caribbean Airlines (CAL).

On Thursday, the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago announced the withdrawal of the lone ferry from the sea-bridge with immediate effect.

The service was withdrawn in the "interest of public safety", PATT stated.

As a result of this situation and in light of the increased demand because of the Carnival period, CAL said it would accommodate passengers with confirmed tickets until next Wednesday.

In addition to its original schedule of 20,444 seats, CAL increased capacity by 4,720 more seats.

Passengers yesterday took advantage of the opportunity given by CAL.

When the Sunday Guardian visited around 2 pm yesterday, the airport was crammed with people heading to Tobago.However, passengers said the flights were running smoothly.

The situation is expected to remain the same for the rest of the Carnival period.

 

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