Caribbean Airlines says flights back on schedule

Port of Spain, Trinidad – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines Tuesday said that advises that its domestic and international flights were operating as scheduled, less than 48 hours after it was forced to cancel more than 60 flights due to a sick out by pilots on Sunday.

In a brief statement, CAL said that the “regular operation is working in parallel with recovery flights, some operated by charters on behalf of the airline to accommodate any remaining displaced passengers.

“The company continues to contact affected customers by phone. E-mails and SMS notifications with updated information are also being sent to passengers,” it said.

On Monday, the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago granted an ex-parte injunction to the airline against the Trinidad and Tobago Airlines Pilots Association (TTALPA), preventing its president, executive members as well as their servants or agents from “taking or continuing to take and/or participating howsoever in industrial action within the meaning of the Industrial Relations Act…including calling in sick en masse”.

The Court has also ordered that TTALPA direct “forthwith” to instruct or direct CAL workers who are its members to “immediately report for duty as rostered and as they are required to do in the normal course of their employment”. (CMC)