CAL to send aircraft to St Maarten Saturday to deliver relief supplies, evacuate affected persons

Caribbean Airlines says it will send another aircraft to help in the relief efforts of those affected by Hurricane Irma.

CAL will send an aircraft to St Maarten on Saturday to evacuate CARICOM and T&T nationals and also to deliver relief supplies.

The airline issued the following statement on Friday.

"Caribbean Airlines extends our deepest concern and empathy to those affected by the hurricanes in the region.

The airline has contributed to and continues to support the hurricane relief effort by operating flights to Tortola and separately to Antigua to evacuate persons from the hurricane-ravaged islands. 

Caribbean Airlines will operate another relief flight on September 16, from Port-of-Spain to St. Maarten departing at 7 a.m.

The flight will leave St. Maarten for Kingston at 9.35 a.m. with nationals of Jamaica and other CARICOM countries who have been affected by the hurricane.

The aircraft will turn around in Kingston and depart at 11.15 a.m. (Jamaica time) to St. Maarten with supplies from Jamaica.

It will then collect nationals of Trinidad and Tobago and other CARICOM countries from St. Maarten and depart at 3.30 p.m. for Piarco International Airport where it should land around 5.05 p.m.

Kindly note that in accordance with the conditions established by the authorities in St. Maarten, the airline will not carry any commercial passengers on these flights. 

With significant support from corporate Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines is moving relief supplies and essential goods like water, canned food, tarpaulins and other products.

As a responsible corporate body, Caribbean Airlines will continue to assist government agencies and other stakeholders to coordinate emergency relief and get help to people as quickly as possible."