Tonge spoke at a Caribbean Aviation Meetup on Tuesday

Tonge spoke at a Caribbean Aviation Meetup on Tuesday

Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge, has commended LIAT for its improved service to Dominica following a meeting held between the regional airline and Dominica’s tourism officials on May 10, 2016.

The meeting came on the heels of criticism by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, over what he called Dominica’s poor treatment by LIAT, in which he underscored the airline’s sub-par service to the country.

Speaking on Tuesday at the first Caribbean Aviation Meetup, hosted by the government of Dominica, at the Fort Young Hotel, Tonge said the airline’s service has gotten better.

“As many of you may know, we had negotiations with LIAT recently and I must say, it has gotten better to the point that I was able to travel just recently, very easily, and LIAT was on time… a couple months ago this was totally impossible,” he remarked.

Tonge stated that the island is still faced with the issue of access, particularly by air.

Thus, he deemed it appropriate that the Caribbean Aviation Meetup is being held in Dominica.

The Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal is “leading the charge” to address this issue of access, Tonge said.

The Minister referred to the workshop as a “result-oriented event, where pragmatic and forward-thinking minds gather to find progress and solutions.”

He went on to reveal the aim of the program within the region.

“The Caribbean Aviation Meetup aims to cement dedication, devotion and passion of professionals with diverse backgrounds in aviation and hospitality industries,” Tongue articulated. “We know that no one can do things alone, but with a strong commitment to cooperation, out unified effort, we will make greater strides, and remarkable achievements.”

The Caribbean Aviation Meetup has arranged for an outreach session whereby 20 students of the DSC will meet with air traffic and air design and engineering professionals.