Public Relations Officer of the United National Congress, Senator Anita Haynes says the government must move to stop the use of Boeing Max 8s in T&T's airspace.
“Instead of taking time to blast a newspaper reporter for an article on concerns regarding Boeing 737 Max 8, the Finance Minister, who is the line Minister for Caribbean Airlines, should take immediate action to suspend the intended lease of 12 of these aircraft,” Haynes said in a statement.
“Further, the UNC calls on Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan, who has responsibility for the Civil Aviation Authority to do as other countries have done and implement a ban on airlines utilizing this particular aircraft as a precautionary measure.”
“The UNC urges the Government to take this matter seriously. While Caribbean Airlines has assured that safety checks would be made prior to putting all aircraft into service, the Government should hold on spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the Boeing 737 Max 8 until investigations are completed,” Haynes added.
She noted that, “Every citizen in Trinidad and Tobago is well aware of the abysmally poor track record of this Government in matters of procurement- particularly with the incompetence and negligence they displayed resulting in the collapse of the sea-bridge”.
“The safety of all passengers in this country’s airspace demands full priority and as such we urge the government to act immediately,” the UNC PRO said.