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Caribbean Airlines to resume regional and int’l operations from Jamaica

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Caribbean Airlines will resume regional and international operations from July 6 on a phased basis out of its hub in Jamaica.

CAL said it will resume regional and international operations on July 6.

The airline was grounded as countries closed their borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has killed more than 500,000 and infected more than 10 million worldwide.

In a letter sent to customers, CAL thanked them for “bearing with us during what has undoubtedly been an extremely challenging period.

“We empathise with everyone whose families and travel plans may have been affected by restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of the virus. I am pleased to let you know, starting July 6, Caribbean Airlines will be resuming international and regional scheduled flights, on a phased basis, out of our Jamaica hub,” said the letter signed by the airline’s chief executive officer, Garvin Medera.

Caribbean Airlines says it will reopen flights from Antigua and Barbados to regional destinations later in July.

Medera said initially, the airline will provide daily flights between Kingston, Jamaica and New York, weekly flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Toronto, Canada on Wednesday starting July 8. He said that this is to be increased to twice weekly with an additional service on a Sunday from July 19.

CAL will have twice weekly flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Bridgetown, Barbados, on Monday and Friday.

The airline, which recorded a loss of more than US$14 million during the period March 23 to April 30, said that the sale of tickets for its flights began on Monday and that “pending approvals, we plan to reintroduce our daily Kingston to Miami, FL. route shortly after these initial services.

“Later in July, we plan to reopen our network from Antigua and Barbados to regional destinations; as well an additional service to New York out of Montego Bay,” Medera added.

He said as the regional countries slowly begin to open their borders, CAL was looking forward to expanding its schedule further.