The airline launched flights in 2007, with its first-ever flight taking place on the first day of the year. Soon after, it rolled out the rest of its flight schedule, with 128 weekly departures to 10 destinations and five Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In August 2007, it opened a new 2,000 square-foot sales and ticket office at Nicholas Tower, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad featuring state-of-the-art technology such as internet kiosks for ticket booking and online check-in. Two months later, the airline purchased the remaining shares of the airline, Tobago Express. This acquisition included the airlines employees, its five aircraft and responsibility for operating the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.
In early 2008, Caribbean Airlines began daily services to Caracas, Venezuela. The new daily return flight was the first network expansion since the start of operations in January 2007. The introduction of a daily service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida soon followed and we became the regional-airline with the most direct services between Trinidad and South Florida. This growth was complemented by significant costs savings and increased quality control with the move to insourcing the heavy maintenance of the fleet.
In the past, to meet increased travel demand for major regional events, like the 2007 Cricket World Cup and the Tobago Jazz Festival in March and April, Caribbean have added extra aircraft and hundreds of extra flights to their schedule. The enhanced schedule also includes special charters to St. Kitts, Bermuda and Grenada, and is a clear example of Caribbean Airlines commitment to the travel needs of the people of the Caribbean.
One piece of carry-on baggage is allowed per passenger. This piece of baggage can't weigh more than 10kg in weight and must be no bigger than the overall dimensions of 114cm. In addition to this, passengers flying on Caribbean Airlines Reservations are allowed to bring another small bag, such as a backpack, briefcase, handbag, or laptop. The additional small bag must be no larger than 91cm in overall dimension.
Checked baggage allowance will depend on the fare that is chosen. No one piece of checked baggage can weigh more than 23kg or be larger than 157cm overall.
Passengers flying in Business Class are entitled to three items of free checked baggage, no matter which route they're flying.
Passengers flying in Economy Class with a flex fare ticket are entitled to two items of free checked baggage unless they're flying domestically within Trinidad and Tobago.
Passengers flying in Economy Class with a semi-flex fare ticket are entitled to two items of free checked baggage on routes flying to and from Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale.
Passengers flying in Economy Class with a semi-flex fare ticket are entitled to one item of free checked baggage when flying any other Caribbean Airlines route.
Passengers flying in Economy Class with a non-flex fare ticket are entitled to two items of free checked baggage when flying to and from Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale.
Passengers flying in Economy Class with a non-flex fare ticket are entitled to one item of free checked baggage on all other routes.