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An interCaribbean Airways aeroplane runs down a taxiway. (Photo: eTurbo News)

interCaribbean Airways propelled to fill gap in intra-regional travel

An interCaribbean Airways aeroplane runs down a taxiway. (Photo: eTurbo News)

… announces new routes in the Eastern Caribbean

Regional carrier interCaribbean Airways is planning to fill the gap left by the financially struggling LIAT, to make intraregional travel more accessible to and affordable for Caribbean residents.

Earlier today, the company announced via press release that effective August 1, 2020, it will begin offering flights between Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

LIAT aeroplanes remain grounded at a regional airport. With LIAT now facing challenges to finance its daily operations, interCaribbean has committed to making intra-regional travel a more accessible and affordable endeavour. (File photo)

“The scheduled expansion in the Eastern Caribbean will give connective travel to the existing 22 cities served by interCaribbean across its Pan-Caribbean network as services are restored,” the release explained further.

Since its inception some 28 years ago, interCaribbean’s operations have focused primarily on the north-western Caribbean, offering services in some of the region’s major cities in The Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos.

An interCaribbean advertisement of flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Havana, Cuba. (File photo)

Making intraregional travel affordable

Yet, over the last decade, the airline has aggressively increased its offering across the region to include flights and connections to Antigua, Dominica, and St Lucia.

And by responding to the demand for more affordable intraregional travel, interCaribbean has also been able to increase the size of its fleet, according to CEO Trevor Sadler.

CEO of interCaribbean Airways Trevor Sadler. (File photo)

“The demand for our flights across the Caribbean continues to grow, with the introduction of jet aircraft into our fleet with more coming soon. We truly look forward to offering an optimal interCaribbean experience to the satisfaction of all customers. Never has it been easier to get around the Caribbean.”

The airline also asserted that given its impressive safety record, and a pledge to offer more affordable air travel, it plans to leverage existing and emerging opportunities to propel Caribbean integration and deliver a service that is accessible to the peoples of the region.

Growing a Caribbean brand

“The demand for our flights across the Caribbean continues to grow, with the introduction of jet aircraft into our fleet with more coming soon.”

— interCaribbean CEO Trevor Sadler

In fact, the company’s commitment to Caribbean integration and intra-regional travel was evident in 2013 when it underwent a rebranding exercise. It changed its name from Air Turks & Caicos to interCaribbean Airways to reflect its growth across the region as well as adopt “a Caribbean brand that each country could proudly call their own”.

interCaribbean founder and Chairman Lyndon Gardiner, therefore, underscored how his company’s growth has led to the actualisation of his vision to become a household name in Caribbean travel.

Lyndon Gardiner, founder and chairman of interCaribbean, stands next to one the company’s aeroplanes. (Photo: Business View Caribbean)

“Building interCaribbean into what it is today has taken the full dedication of my entire team. The direction of the last 10 years culminates in introducing these new services to deliver a Caribbean-born and grown airline and become a leader in the region. It is my desire that every budding entrepreneur follows their calling and works towards their dreams. I did not start out imagining what we have become today, but continually calibrated and maximised every potential opportunity to grow this company. Our goal now is to fully consolidate ourselves in the region and become a globally recognised brand.”