Caribbean Airlines to end London route

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! BusinessInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegionalTravel Caribbean Airlines to end London route by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 11, 2015 Tweetcenter_img PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it will be ending its three weekly flights to London early next year because it is not profitable.In a statement, CAL said in addition to stop servicing the route in the first quarter of 2016, it would also be retiring the Boeing 767s from its fleet.The London service was launched in 2012, however the route performed below expectations. CAL said that the Boeing 767-300s would be returned to the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).The airline, which registered a loss of US$60 million last year, said it is taking measures to suspend loss-making routes and optimise its fleet and so far this year returned two Boeing 737-800s, with two more to be removed soon, reducing the fleet size to just 12 of that model.CAL said the move will allow it to reduce operational costs while focusing on its North American prime routes – Fort Lauderdale, New York and Toronto and allowing it to compete harder for the budget-wise leisure travellers on these routes.Since 2013, CAL has been competing with increased competition from low-budget airlines such as Jet Blue and increased flights by US mainline airlines.In February, Finance Minister Larry Howai told legislators that the unaudited accounts showed a loss of US$60 million and that the airline had developed a strategy plan which envisaged it breaking even by 2017.Howai said the transformation of CAL would take three to four years following a consistent company strategy to achieve identified objectives with major milestones targeted during this period. He said this strategy plan was recently developed and completed towards the end of last year. Share 128 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Mikel Obi Targets Promotion with Boro as Greatest Achievement

first_imgSuper Eagles captain and UEFA Champions League winner, John Mikel Obi, has said that promotion to the Premier League with Middlesbrough would rank as one of his finest moments in football.The 31-year-old midfielder collected two Premier League titles, a Champions League, Europa League and three FA Cup winners medals with Chelsea, and joined Boro on a short-term deal in January.“If we manage to pull it (promotion) off, it would be amazing,” he said. “It would be up there as one of my greatest achievements.”Mikel Obi moved to the Riverside Stadium as a free agent after a lucrative stint in China with Tianjin Teda.Boro have lost just once in the league since his arrival and are fifth in the Championship with 12 games remaining.A drop into England’s second tier was something new for the Nigeria international, who captained his country at the 2018 World Cup and won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in 2013.“I’m still hungry and want to win trophies. I’m never satisfied with what I have achieved. If I was, I would just sit at home,” he told BBC Sport.“I want to achieve something with this club and that is to get this club promoted.“I love challenges and I knew coming in here would be a challenge for me, and being in the second division would be a challenge for me.“I knew this club would be pushing for promotion and managing to do that wouldn’t be easy.”With a game in hand on all four sides above them, Boro are nine points adrift of the top two and an automatic promotion spot.After 34 games they have the best defensive record in the division, however, they have laboured at the other end and scored the fewest goals of any side in the top 15.“Middlesbrough are a massive club and should be in the Premier League – it is where it belongs for me,” he said.“We still have a lot of games to play, and if we manage to win quite a few of them, who knows?“If we could get automatic promotion, fine, and if we get into the play-offs and that is how we do it, then that would be amazing as well.“We just have to keep pushing.”As for his own future beyond his short-term deal until the end of the season, Mikel was coy despite saying he felt “at home” and was “enjoying” his time on Teesside.“I want to enjoy my football and enjoy winning games with this club, these players are an amazing group of guys,” he said.“Every time we win a game you see that feeling of wanting to be in the Premier League and that is something I want to keep enjoying with them until the end of the season. And then we see where we are.”Mikel’s midfielder partner Muhamed Besic says the Nigerian has added “confidence” to the side with his mentality, composure and talent which saw him thrive among the world’s elite for more than a decade.“It is a big thing that he came to the club,” said Besic, who is on loan at Middlesbrough from Everton.“Now we have a really strong core and with Mikel coming in, he is an experienced player who has played a lot of big games in his career.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Mikel Obi,last_img read more