(Trinidad Express) State carrier Caribbean Airlines has officially launched its service from Port of Spain to Orlando, Florida.
A CAL 737 aircraft touched down at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday afternoon with more than 150 passengers aboard.
Many of the passengers were parents with plans to take their children to experience Disney World Orlando as a reward for success in the SEA examination.
CAL acting chief executive Robert Corbie told the Express at Piarco minutes before the inaugural flight that the direct route to Orlando made it easier for vacationing parents and children.
The flight from Piarco International Airport at 10 a.m. on Tuesday was 97 per cent filled, he said.
But what was more surprising, he said, was that the return flight had 121 passengers from Florida coming to Trinidad and Tobago.
Airline vice-president, Operations, Capt Thomas Lawrence, piloted the 737 aircraft to Orlando and back again Tuesday.
CAL hosted a flight reception at the Hyatt Regency at Orlando airport on Tuesday to welcome travel agents and Orlando city officials.
It was attended by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago’s General Counsel, Miami, Dr Anil Ramnanan, among others.
CAL will operate the Orlando route twice a week.