Colin Piper

Colin Piper

Chairman of Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Collin Piper is encouraging individuals wishing to visit Dominica for the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) to consider other options in travel instead of depending on LIAT alone.

LIAT has been under pressure in recent times following weeks of long and inordinate delays as well as cancellations and Piper noted that organizers of the event have had discussions with the airline on the importance of restoring confidence in the traveling public.

“We have engaged them in discussions to let them know that from now it is very important to restore confidence in the traveling public … as it pertains to the World Creole Music Festival,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He stated that discussions were held because Dominica does not have an international airport and the island depends on LIAT.

“We are in continued discussions with LIAT because we recognize the dependence we have on LIAT whereas the other islands, with international or rather direct long haul flights, don’t have to rely on LIAT,” Piper stated.

He noted further that WCMF organizers are aware that the month of October is not traditionally a busy period for LIAT.

“We are particularly cognizant of the hubs, San Juan, St Martin, Barbados and Antigua,” the DFC boss stated. “So I will be making a special effort to meet with executives of LIAT to reiterate that point, but what I would want to say to the Dominican people out there and to the visitors out there who are considering coming, is also highlight what else is available as opposed to focusing on LIAT.”

He noted that patrons coming from St Martin have the option of flying with BVI Airways, and those coming from San Juan have Seaborne Airlines.

Piper stated further that those coming from Guadeloupe and Martinique can utilize the ferry services.

“This option can also be used if you come through St Lucia,” he said.