Caribbean Airlines places crew on quarantine
Port of Spain – A Caribbean Airlines crew will be placed on 14-day quarantine after a passenger on their flight subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 in Guyana.
According to a release from the Trinidad-based company, the passenger travelled from John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad on flight BW521 on March 7 before heading to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana on BW 526 later that day.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that the safety, security and good health of its customers and employees is its highest priority and when the information on the passenger was received, immediate action was taken,” the release said.
“In accordance with established protocols the Public Health Authorities have advised that as a precaution, the thirteen (13) crew members associated with the flights be placed on self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days. This was done, and the employees will be assessed and monitored by the Public Health Authorities in keeping with the directives from the Ministry of Health.”
The Public Health Authorities are also contacting all persons who may have been affected.
Caribbean Airlines said the aircraft are cleaned daily at all ports in keeping with the industry standard, and in this instance, additional sanitisation processes were used as outlined by the regulatory authorities.
The airline remains in close contact with the Public Health Authorities, it said, and its operations team has activated contingencies for any impact on its flights.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that it continues to actively monitor and respond to the evolving COVID 19 issue to ensure the safety and good health of its customers and employees.” (PR/SAT)