Trinidad Tobago’s state-owned airline Caribbean Airlines revealed its fleet expansion plans to the country’s parliament, set out in the government’s 2024 Budget.
The main addition will be the leasing of five Embraer E175 jets, which will meet intra-regional demand in the Caribbean, said Finance Minister Colm Imbert, according to CH-Aviation.
In addition to the regional jets, Caribbean intends to rent another three Boeing 737 MAX 8 and four ATR turboprops, possibly the ATR 72 version, already operated by the company.
The carrier also plans to have its first dedicated cargo planes and is considering leasing two 737-800BCFs and two ATRs.
Currently, Caribbean Airlines has a fleet of nine Boeing 737 MAX 8 and ten ATR 72 turboprops.
Also according to Imbert, passenger demand has increased rapidly after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and has also benefited from oil exploration in the Guyanas, whose business public has sought out tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Caribbean Airlines’ flight network includes several destinations on the Caribbean islands, but also cities in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Cuba and also in the USA (Miami, Orlando and New York) and Toronto, Canada.