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Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Airlines strike causes delays, cancelations July 16

An ongoing Caribbean Airlines pilots strike causes delays and cancelations July 16; confirm flight status

17 Jul 08:54 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/16/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/19/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Port_of_Spain). COUNTRY/REGION Trinidad and Tobago

Event

Air travelers in the Caribbean have experienced cancelations and delays since Friday, July 14, as pilots of Caribbean Airlines (CAL) represented by the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA) have reportedly refused to fly specific aircraft due to safety concerns. While a government official from Trinidad and Tobago said on Sunday, July 16, that the pilots had agreed to end the strike, she conceded that delays experienced by travelers indicated the pilots had not returned to work. Talks between CAL and TTALP reportedly broke down on Sunday, indicating further delays and cancelations are likely in the coming days.​

Flights have reportedly been affected on routes to and from Trinidad and Tobago, including flights to Barbados and St. Lucia.

Context

According to TTALPA, CAL pilots are refusing to fly five short-haul, turboprop aircraft due to serious safety concerns, which they claim have not been addressed properly by CAL.

Advice

Individuals traveling in the Caribbean are advised to confirm the status of their flights and to contact the airline for further details.

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