JETBLUE LAUNCHES SERVICE TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is pleased to welcome JetBlue Airways as the newest airline to begin service to Trinidad and Tobago. The inaugural flight was celebrated at a press conference on Monday 24th February at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport.
At the ceremony, Chairman Jason Julien in his opening remarks announced that after so long a courtship, we had finally made it to the altar. It was at the World Route Development Forum, three years ago, where contact was first made with the representatives of JetBlue Airways. Representatives of the Authority along with representatives of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourism Development Company and the Tobago House of Assembly. The airlines were shown presentations which highlighted the strategic advantages of using the facility at Piarco International Airport to introduce flights in our market. These selling points include a viable market with many potential customers, a country that is economically strong, low operating costs, 24 hour services inclusive of Customs and Excise, Immigration and security. We researched passenger movements, market trends, the impact of fuel prices, airfares and passenger preferences to show the feasibility of the route.
It is a major investment decision for an airline to open a new route. An airport must have the facility and the capability to provide the relevant services and environment conducive for good business. It is our responsibility therefore to ensure that we continue to ensure that our airport facilities and infrastructure are up to standard. It is imperative that the Authority as well as other service providers in the airport community deliver services of the highest quality.
The national benefits that can be derived from these services are immense. Aviation affects the gross domestic product of a country and can positively influence economic growth for our nation. Through its day to day work, the Authority contributes to the economic development of Trinidad and Tobago.