Tobago Express

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Tobago Express
Tabexlogo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
BW TBX TABEX
Founded 2001[1]
Commenced operations June 24th, 2001[1]
Ceased operations September 30th, 2007 (merged with Caribbean Airlines)
Hubs A.N.R. Robinson International Airport
Secondary hubs Piarco International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Caribbean Miles
Fleet size 5
Destinations 4 (2 Seasonal)
Company slogan Your Wings To The Capital of Paradise
Headquarters Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago
Key people Philip Saunders (CEO)
Website http://www.caribbean-airlines.com

Tobago Express was a scheduled passenger airline based in Trinidad and Tobago. It operated as a sister airline of Caribbean Airlines. Caribbean Airlines is now the main airline which operates the essential air-bridge between the Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (formerly Crown Point Airport) located in Tobago and Piarco International Airport located in Trinidad.

History[edit]

Tobago Express was established in 2001. It was owned by BWIA, now Caribbean Airlines (45%) and private investors (55%). As of October 1, 2007 Tobago Express is owned (100%) by Caribbean Airlines.

In September 2007, Caribbean Airlines acquired all the outstanding shares in Tobago Express and began operational management of the airbridge under its code from 1 October 2007.

Under new management the airbridge will maintain the present schedule with the current fleet and the ongoing support of Caribbean Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 aircraft at times of high demand. The airbridge will continue to be regulated by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago.

“Caribbean Airlines plans to offer seamless connections between the islands for local and international travelers, making the destination part of its network” says Caribbean Airlines CEO Peter Davies. “Our schedule will also link other carriers landing in Port-of-Spain to Crown Point bringing more visitors to Tobago”.

Caribbean Airlines is committed to bringing the same on-time performance and customer service levels it delivers to its current customers. It has already developed check-in capabilities, online booking and payment solutions for both customers and travel agents and plans to enhance the overall airport experience.

Tobago Express, in pre 2003 livery at Robinson International

“We will aim to have a seamless transition for our customers and business partners,” adds CEO designate, Philip Saunders. “We are convinced that by concentrating on improving distribution processes and customer service we can build the foundation for the future sustainability of the airbridge”

The route will benefit from being part of the global distribution system used by Caribbean Airlines, giving International travel agents access to the route seat availability and opportunities to sell the destination to their clients on a global basis.

Caribbean Airlines will service all flights between Trinidad and Tobago in the most efficient and professional manner in which it currently operates its entire network.

Since its full acquisition by Caribbean Airlines, Tobago Express is set to become the regional subisary of Caribbean Airlines. The official name is still under wraps but it will circulate somewhere around Caribbean Airlines Express. It's Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft are currently being upgraded to international standards.

Services[edit]

Dash 8-300 in post 2003 livery at Robinson International in Tobago

Domestic scheduled destinations (at September 2007): Scarborough, Tobago and Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Destinations[edit]

[Hub] Base and hub
[S] Seasonal
¤ Focus city
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Bridgetown Barbados BGI TBPB Grantley Adams International Airport
Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago POS TTPP Piarco International Airport
Scarborough Trinidad and Tobago TAB TTCP Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport
St. George's Grenada GND TGPY Maurice Bishop International Airport

Fleet[edit]

The Tobago Express fleet includes the following aircraft (at September 2007):[2]

Tobago Express Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Haul
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 5 50 Short Haul

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. 
  2. ^ Flight International, 3–9 October 2006

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