Saturday 24 August, 2019

CARICOM Heads to review new air travel policy

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM.

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM.

A policy for a multilateral air services agreement will be put to the CARICOM Heads of Government for approval when they meet in Grenada this week.

This is according to CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as he fielded questions from the media this morning at the Opening Press Conference of the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Grenada from July 4 – 6.

In response to Loop News' query on what CARICOM is doing to address expensive and restrictive intra-regional travel, Ambassador LaRoque said the agreement focuses on air carriers owned by CARICOM nationals and would allow greater ease of intra-regional travel.

“It provides for fair and equal opportunity for all CARICOM air carriers to compete in air transportation covered in the agreement,” he outlined. “That will provide more intra-regional airlift to our community and as airlines grow and expand that will also allow for more cargo.”

He said officials will also revisit the issue travel costs and that regional airlines have been discussing areas in which they could collaborate to reduce costs through economies of scale, citing the example of purchasing spare parts.

On the agenda for the three-day meeting are critical issues such as tourism, human resource development strategy, health, crime and security, CSME, post-Brexit trade with the UK, and creating a single ICT space.

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