Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan says Sunwing Airline Inc has made no application to operate direct flights between Tobago to Toronto, despite the airline saying it will begin service on December 20.
The minister was asked about it at today's sitting of the Senate.
He said that before any airline can operate in T&T's fly-zone, permission must be granted by the Civil Aviation Authority and adds that since no application has been made, then no permission has been granted.
Sunwing, which is based in Canada, had issued a news release in October saying it was adding Tobago as its newest destination in the Caribbean.
It said it was due to begin December 20, launching its first-ever flights.
“We are delighted to be offering our customers even more choice from Toronto this winter with the addition of the island of Tobago,” said Andrew Dawson, president of tour operations for Sunwing.
“Offering beach relaxation, warm Caribbean hospitality and a wide range of tours and excursions to experience, we’re sure that Tobago will prove to be a popular addition to our roster.”
It had said that the seasonal nonstop flights would run on Thursdays through April 18, 2019, making Sunwing the only Canadian leisure carrier to offer direct flights to Tobago.
The statement added: “The Tobago House of Assembly welcomes Sunwing to Tobago. Sunwing’s flight and hotel package offering will significantly enhance our efforts in tourism at all levels.”
Sunwing had also said it was working with several hotels on the island as part of its offering, including the Magdalena Grand and the new Starfish Tobago, with the latter set to officially open in December.