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


first_imgDonegal District Court Judge Paul Kelly has said the murder of Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe outlines the danger Gardai face everyday.Judge KellyJudge Kelly made his comments as he expressed his sympathy with Garda Donohoe’s wife and family at Letterkenny District Court this morning. Detective Donohoe was gunned down by raiders as he escorted a cash van to a credit union in Dundalk on Friday evening.Judge Kelly said “I would like to express my sympathy following the appalling and brutal murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe.“It outlines the dangers Gardai face in doing their duty. I would like to express my sympathy to his wife and family and to all members of An Garda Siochana.”The sentiments of Judge Kelly were echoed by Inspector Michael Harrison on behalf of the Gardai.Senior solicitor Niall Sheridan spoke on behalf of the legal representatives in court.He said he would like to express his sympathy to Garda Donohoe’s family and to An Garda Siochana for this “wanton and dreadful act.”The murdered Garda was a former colleague of Ballyshannon Garda Superintendent Leo McGinn who was previously based in Dundalk.DONEGAL JUDGE SAYS MURDER OF GARDA PROVES DANGERS FORCE FACE EVERY DAY was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Garda Adrian DonohoeJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more