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Airline misery will continue into New Years, flight cancellations in the THOUSANDS

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, December 31, 2021 – Thousands of flights were cancelled worldwide over the Christmas weekend and the trend looks set to continue. Airlines have cited staff shortages because of Omicron as well as rough weather to account for the cancellations.

Flight Aware, a flight tracking website has recorded 1,219 cancellations in the US on Thursday alone and over 8,000 cancellations on its ‘Misery Map’ since Christmas.

Flights are set to be cancelled on Friday and Saturday as well stranding passengers who traveled for the holidays. Alaska Airlines spoke to USA TODAY saying, “We’re starting to see COVID call-outs creeping up again…When you layer that with out-of-place crew due to the weather issues, we’re forced to cancel flights during an already busy holiday week.”

The trend has continued worldwide as Omicron ploughs its way around the globe.

The Turks and Caicos Islands have remained relatively unaffected with over 15,000 arrivals to the country in the period of December 20 -27.

The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association also said bookings are nearly up to pre-pandemic levels.

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Providenciales International Airport Full Emergency Exercise

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#TurksandCaicos, April 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to advise the General Public, that there will be a full-scale emergency Aviation Security exercise simulating an incident at the Providenciales International Airport on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the emergency services to carry out their respective roles and function, and to support TCIAA in defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, and to establish adequate communication protocols in the unfortunate event of an actual incident at the Providenciales International Airport.

The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority would like to thank the public for its understanding and cooperation. Please be guided accordingly. For more information visit us at www.tciairports.com

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Providenciales International Airport Full Emergency Exercise

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#TurksandCaicos, April 17, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to advise the General Public, that there will be a full-scale emergency Aviation Security exercise simulating an incident at the Providenciales International Airport on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the emergency services to carry out their respective roles and function, and to support TCIAA in defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, and to establish adequate communication protocols in the unfortunate event of an actual incident at the Providenciales International Airport.

The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority would like to thank the public for its understanding and cooperation. Please be guided accordingly. For more information visit us at www.tciairports.com

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Canadian flight crew busted in DR; but airline wants ‘innocent’ released

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 By Shanieka Smith

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#TheCaribbean, April 17, 2022 – A major drug bust – about 200 packages of presumed cocaine weighing about 200 kilograms were seized at the Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic on an aircraft that was set to fly from Punta Cana to Toronto. The National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) in the Dominican Republic said authorities allegedly found eight black packages each containing 25 packages.

As a result, a Canadian Airline crew from Canadian charter carrier Pivot Airlines, along with some passengers have been detained. The eleven detainees, nine of which are Canadians, one person from India and another from the Dominican Republic are being questioned to determine who and how each person may have been involved. Six are aircrew members, including two pilots, and five are passengers.

Pivot Airlines shared that the five crew members “discovered, reported and suspected that there was contraband in a maintenance compartment of the plane.”

In a letter to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, the CEO of Pivot Airlines, Eric Edmonson wrote that “for more than 24 days, our crew has been subject to threats against their lives, inhumane treatment, and arbitrary detention, for dutifully reporting a crime and averting a potential aviation disaster. We are deeply concerned for their safety and are pleading with you to intervene so they may return home to their families,” Edmonson said.

The company said they are “working diligently to secure the release of our crew.” In the meantime, a series of investigations is ongoing and the detainees, though they have been bailed, will have to stay in the Dominican Republic until the matter is resolved.

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