LONDON – Caribbean Airlines has been forced to cancel a significant number of flights due to the La Soufriere Volcano entering a volcanic eruption.
It is understood that the volcano became live on April 9, with The University of The West Indies Seismic Research Centre stating yesterday that “the volcano has entered an explosive eruptive phase that may continue over the next few days and weeks”.
The carrier has cancelled the following flights as a result:
- Antigua to Barbados
- Barbados to Dominica
- Barbados to St. Vincent
- Grenada to Barbados
- Barbados to Ogle
- Barbados to Kingston
There have been concerns that this volcano may delay much needed COVID-19 shipments into the region.
Commenting on this was Marklan Moseley, General Manager of Cargo and New Business at Caribbean Airlines who remains confident that there will be no delays:
“Caribbean Airlines is well-placed to support our region in its efforts towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have successfully delivered COVID-19 vaccines to Barbados, Dominica and Guyana and are committed to continuing the swift, secure and seamless movement of these important shipments as the Caribbean rolls out vaccination programmes.”Marklan Moseley, General Manager of Cargo and New Business at Caribbean Airlines
In terms of the volcano, it is understood that 16,000 people have evacuated their homes as a result of this event. With Caribbean Airlines confident there won’t be that much disruption on the cargo side, we can only hope for the best outcome out of this event.