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CAL told to review viability of North American routes

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been told to immediately review the viability of  some of  its North American routes deemed unprofitable. The instruction has come from a Joint Select Committee of  Parliament in Trinidad & Tobago.
 
The Committee says the unprofitable routes have a decline in passenger loads and massive financial losses.
 
At a news conference on Monday, Independent Senator David Small, Chairman of  the Joint Select Committee,  said the problem demanded urgent attention, adding that Caribbean Airlines needed to employ strategies to prevent future financial leakages. 
 
He, declined to identify the routes, however, saying he did not want to damage the company's image and also called for the airline to immediately cease all international recruitment of  foreign pilots so as to ensure local pilots are instead hired.
 
Small said there are hundreds of  qualified pilots in Trinidad and Tobago unable to find jobs with CAL, despite applying.
 
He also urged CAL to recover the huge sums of  money owed by Venezuela.
 
But when asked to disclose the  figure, Small said he preferred not to make this public as it may have negative repercussions. However, he described the Caracas route as one of  the more profitable ones.
 
Small said, during three meetings of  the Joint Select Committee, it struggled to obtain pertinent information from CAL, as partial submission of information was given, adding that there seemed to be a challenge with the airline regarding the way it managed its operations. 
 
The Committee recommended that CAL immediately put a freeze on salary increases until its operation is sustainably profitable.


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