American Airlines reviews schedule for direct service to Dominica

Tourism Minister Denise Charles has announced that effective today, based on demand from American Airlines, direct service to Dominica from Miami will be reduced to three flights during the month of January.

She made the announcement during a live interview on State-Owned radio DBS on Wednesday.

According to Charles, flights will be increased to four flights weekly from February 4, 2023.

Dominica welcomed its first direct continental flight from Miami, Florida on Wednesday, December 8, 202.1

test or proving run was done on June 22, 2021. That test was not a revenue-seeking run as the flight was the first offering of this service.

This new service connects over 40 US cities to Dominica and makes Miami, Florida a connecting hub for travelers from Canada, Asia, and Europe.

The aircraft is said to have a capacity for 76 passengers, 12 first-class seats, and 64 premium seats with extra legroom and main cabin seats.

“We have decided that to keep travelers up-to-date that we will start doing quarterly travel updates and the first issue came out yesterday,” Charles revealed. “The American Airline flight is a dynamic situation and is driven by demand.”

Charles explained that her ministry held discussions with a delegation from the American Airline in November to discuss concerns about availability and airfare.

“They indicated that current demand in Dominica isn’t consistent…,” she stated. “And so in review of their schedule, they decided that the month of January based on the demand for flights they will reduce the flights to three flights.”

She continued, “We are hoping that there is a possibility that we will return to daily flights during the summer, but as I said it will be driven by consistent and sustained demand for the destination.”

She encouraged visitors to the island to book their flights early.

“The key to maintaining consistent demand is to book early,” Charles encouraged. “Normally the schedule changes probably three to six months. The airline will review their schedule and demand for a particular destination, so it’s important that we learn as a people to book early…”

Meanwhile, Charles indicated that Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with its stakeholders is aggressively marketing the destination and inviting visitors to come to Dominica.

“It is important for us to continue the marketing of the destination so we can have sustained demand, not just for American, but for all airlines coming to Dominica,” she said

Charles made it clear to travelers that there are seats available on Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean, Silver Airways, and LIAT to come to Dominica for Carnival 2023.

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  1. Roland Alan Mitchell
    January 14, 2023

    Imagine, Dominica does not have enough demand for American Eagle to justify more than 3 flights per month in January 2023. Yet our extra bright Prime Minister – Mr Roosevelt Skerrit, thinks that he can justify having an international Airport in Wesley?

    This PM is stark raving mad, and worst of all, he is not aware how mad and stupid he really is? He who does not know that he is mad, and is really stark raving mad, is a burden that our already poor country cannot afford.

    The real estate market in Dominica is down to its lowest values ever. This is an indication of how badly Dominica is doing economically. Business men must be struggling to make a profit. Parents must be fighting to make a living, with stress related illnesses very high.

    It is time for a change at the top. Skerrit and Saverin must depart the stage. They have failed miserably for the last 18 years, and do not even know that,

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  2. Rasta Pasta
    January 13, 2023

    The law of demand holds that demand for a product changes inversely to its price, all else being equal. In other words, the higher the price, the lower the level of demand.

    Solution: Have an election every year.

    Unless Dominica can compete internationally with destinations like Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, etc., the majority of travelers to the island are Dominicans.

    When a wild animal is chasing you, your survival is not about how fast you can run, but how fast you can outrun your companion.

    • Prosper
      January 21, 2023

      I’m surprised that Skerrit himself hasn’t thought of that! He’s loosing it.

  3. Bwa-Banday
    January 13, 2023

    To the Weave Queen :mrgreen:

    Here we are again talking about inviting visitors to our shores on a broader basis per say. However, my main question at this point is; What are we inviting them to? Some on here may get upset but in all honesty Dca has nothing to offer in the daytime beside a VERY SMELLY, DIRTY, NO/ DANGEROUS SIDEWALK Roseau, and after 6:00PM nothing but a few rum shops with fry bakes and chicken. Sadly, this is not going to get any better under the DLP since the middle class that can actually drive the creation and patronage of small business is bankrupt.

    Thank god for the few police officers who during nightly patrols duck into dimly lit alleys to grad a quick wabio most times on credit under the guise of curtailing prostitution which they themselves frequently subsidise as part of nation building once the uniform comes off. So, I dare say if we are depending on visitors to keep AA flying directly from and to Miami bonda-nou-fann :twisted: .

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    • Martha
      January 15, 2023

      You are right on cue. Nasty place! And that lot in Morne Daniel like it so!!!

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  4. Truth Be Told
    January 13, 2023

    Antigua recently upgraded and expanded its international airport, business is booming – just see how many thousands of Dominicans living and working there!
    St Lucia is building an additional runway at its international airport, business is booming – just see how many thousands of Dominicans living and working there!
    All our Caribbean neighbours have international airports and international business and tourism is booming there!
    Dominica is stuck with 22 years of micro-management by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. He has done no major macro transformational infrastructure project in Dominica but we keep voting him back in on empty macro promises and continued micro-management!
    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit rules Dominica like a village council micro-managing a village and not like a central government managing a national economy, because he does not have the skills and competencies to do better! He does not know how after 22 years! Vote him out!

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 13, 2023

      All our Caribbean neighbours have international airports and international business and tourism is booming there!(Truth Be Told).

      Are you not late with that observation: I would hope that you were not one of of those Dominicans who once said “we doh” want it; Dominica cannot afford International Airport. One of the most stupid question even the most educated once asks was “do you know how much it takes to maintain International Airport, one may remember I always ask in return is how much it takes to maintain Melville Hall Airport?
      Our problem is simply stupid rhetoric by poor uneducated politicians, they are ignorant, people who go out and talk nonsense to a bunch of illiterate people, who does anything the politicians wants them to do.

      Dominica will never be better off as long as there is a Labor Party in existence; the idiots associates labor party to working on plantations, they are prone to believe that nonsense.
      Get rid of the labor party things will change!

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 13, 2023

        When you count International Airports on the other islands: VG International In Guyana, Piarco, International in Trinidad,
        Grantly Adams Int. in Barbados Vere Bird in Antigua; the View Fort in St. Lucia along with the one in Guantanamo in Cuba, still in use were left there by America and the British after the war in the 1940’s. they have constantly expanded on them to accommodate larger passenger and cargo aircraft’s.
        The Americans attempted to build an Airport at Melville Hall right where it now stands, it never got off the ground because the money always finished because our people thief the money!
        Paul Southwell out of Castle Bruce Premiere in St. Kitts government built an international airport during the West Indies Federation, Grenada followed by their ambitious people built their own.

        Meanwhile our backward people said we “doh” want international Airport because Antigua and Barbados have one already!

        Our people are simple dumb!

    • Gary
      January 15, 2023

      What faculty you use to observe things, before you write such comment. Every Country economic improvement is relative to where they are not in comparison to others. Your so-called thousands of Dominicans working in Antigua does not necessarily mean their economic livelihood is better, leaving Dominica to seek greener pastures. Have you paused and asked yourself why Dominica does not have an international Airport before you write such ineptitude comment. Do you remember where we were, and where we are now, the hurdles this present Government had to overcome, and what they are doing to bring about better Air access to Dominica.

      To suggest that this Government, did not build a major macro transformational infrastructure project in Dominica, is somewhat mind-boggling. Do you remember how many bridges we had with access to the Roseau, do you forget the PM Hospital and what we have today, do you forget the road network. Why are you so malicious and neglectful with the truth.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 16, 2023

        Gary, stop your nonsense!

        Dominica is the poorest island in the Caribbean, Dominica right now does not haven any economy.

        The sale of passports won’t do. Roosevelt Skerrit and the Labor Party is a set back for the country: We are no place, just because some shell company under the guise of Something Management building houses and apartments and giving to people does not mean progress!

        Where are the jobs, Gary?

        In Antigua a domestic servant who can’t read or write makes $15.00 dollars per hour more than a civil servant makes in Dominica.

        If Dominica came form somewhere to where it is; there would not be more Dominicans in Antigua working; they out number the native born Antiguan’s.

        What are you talking about; if you like backwardness, and poverty, that’s your glory!

        But I an telling you Dominica, is all but collapse, economically.
        Just be quiet; are you not ashamed boy?
        How can you support and entertain this backwardness?

  5. justsayin
    January 13, 2023

    The fella who write all the travel books should run things. It need someone with real experience

  6. Toto
    January 12, 2023

    Raster man, you may be right bro and we do not need airplane after all and cross by canot during the night in peace. In emergency those with the money can call a helicopter. Martinique, Guadeloupe and even Antigua not that far.

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  7. Moi Mem
    January 12, 2023

    Tourists have been coming to Dominica for some time now to see our “365” Rivers. They have been lied to about that. So they are no longer interested in coming here to see the sister island of Haiti. Cancun oh yeah! Dominica oh no! An empty head void of any meaningful innovation is a turn off to folks who knows the world around.

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  8. Just Sayin
    January 12, 2023

    Another example of an inept administration – DLP. A hash-tag alone cannot bring visitors to Dominica, the marketing of Dominica leaves a lot to be desired – we must think beyond or get out of that “Good Enough for Dominica” mentality. No airline is in the business, factually no enterprise, wants to run a failing operation. Everyone is in business for profit. How can American or any other airline commit to Dominica, only to turn a marginal profit or cut even, in October? Dominica’s Minister of Tourism resides in one of the most beautiful costal villages in Dominica, yet there is no indication of a developing or thriving tourism sector. Secondly, when someone chooses a destination they want a few guarantees: Safety, Entertainment (not just SEWO), and a proper medical system – none of which Dominica has to offer. Dominica’s Health care system is none existent, one must wait weeks for test results; crime is skyrocketing; after a good hike or swim what’s there?

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  9. Anthony P Ismael
    January 12, 2023

    With the 80% rule in place which determines airline profitability on any route, it means mathematically, we can consistently fill 51 seats regularly, when you minus 10 first class seats from the “E176.” If this isn’t an indictment on the Dominica Labor Party and its gross incompetence as a political organization, I don’t know what is.

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  10. Anthony P Ismael
    January 12, 2023

    These decisions have real world consequences for the average traveler to Dominica. It means with three flights per the month of January, one would need at least two weeks of vacation time to attend a wedding, funeral or conduct a business transaction. That’s not how the real world functions. Despite every form of reality imagined, we continue to love our Prime Minister, the incompetence of his Administration a cabinet that is inexperienced and over matched for the task at hand. For a few pieces of free Ham, Turkey during the Christmas Holiday Season and a free house we have sold our common sense and the ability to reason and make informed decisions accordingly.
    Consequently, we are going nowhere fast in Dominica.

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  11. Anthony P Ismael
    January 12, 2023

    We’re seeing classic supply and demand at play here. Additionally, a pragmatic thinking government and tourism ministry would review travel patterns during this month, find out why vacationers are choosing other destinations and implement a short-, medium- and long-term approach to this problem. Of course, we are talking about the Dominica Labor Party and its low-information-voting bloc. This will be spun as hatred of country and government. It is this kind of myopic, self-centered, and narcissistic behavior that that been our detriment for the past 22 years. It is why we are last in foreign-direct-investment compared to our neighbors and why we’re the only island in the English-speaking Caribbean who has not doubled their Gross Domestic Product GDP in over two decades.

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    • Beta
      January 14, 2023

      So true but these potty Labour supporters don’t care, they have a different agenda.

  12. Liftoff
    January 12, 2023

    Hahaha 😂 I find they took time to turn their back on Dominica. Ross University’s students are no more flying in or out of Dominica. Folks who worked at DCP are laid off and are no more able to visit their loved ones abroad. Also, the banana industry which was the back bone of our economy was given a state funeral. Dominica and Dominicans (those lawless ones) are getting by on the sales of Drugs and Guns. One day China is going to pull out or moved out, then we’ll know what day it is. If there’s not enough passengers to fly into Dominica at a small airport….Then where the hell are we going to have enough passengers to fly on a 737 Jet plane ✈️ to Dominica? And how many flights per day? One flight ✈️ every Carnival 🎡? Figure out where the main problem lies.

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    • Gary
      January 15, 2023

      Oh boy, Is this what you use your mind to do, dream up every negative thing with your opinion, and political partisan beliefs, do think if every Dominican think like you the Country would move forward. Figuring out where the problem lies does not come from the opinion you express, so long.

  13. Truth Be Told
    January 12, 2023

    It is simply the beginning of the end. Remember the same thing happened when we had American Eagle from San Juan to Dominica Melville Hall airport!? At that time Colin Piper and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) said the same thing that Tourism Minister Denise Charles is saying today!
    If this was not so serious for the economy of Dominica I would be laughing at these clowns and jokers, but Dominicans like their 20 years of backward rule!
    Take a look at the rest of the Caribbean, now take a look at Dominica, do you see what I see?
    Clueless country, cluless government, clueless people!

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  14. Lawyer
    January 12, 2023

    Charles indicated that Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with its stakeholders is aggressively marketing the destination and inviting visitors to come to Dominica. How often have we heard statements like that? Result? Zero! The Minister and by extent the entire cabinet incl. DDA are void of any ideas and competence. All they are good at, selling passports, hide the proceeds and call early elections to stay in power for as long as possible.

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  15. January 12, 2023

    Tourism sinister keep spreading lies and doing harm to Dominica. Take first serenade and the powder artist to Melville Hall airport and host a sewo affair for AA three days, 30 passengers and no cargo in- coming trips. Is sewo all you like, go Melville Hall and sewo. Saque’ mante’n!!

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  16. Concern
    January 11, 2023

    Well Minister you should have spoken the truth and continue to do so. FYI… There’ s only one flight to Dominica from AA … all now my family is stuck in the US. Let’s be truthful for once

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    • Lawyer
      January 13, 2023

      Truth is a word that doesn’t exist in their vocabulary. It’s all about short lived propaganda and blatant lies. But Dominicans like it so!

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  17. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 11, 2023

    “American Airlines, direct service to Dominica from Miami will be reduced to three flights during the month of January.”

    Could this be an indication that American Eagle is about to phase out it’s operation from Dominica for a second time due to a lack of passengers traveling between Dominica and Miami?

    And messy; just in case you are delusional, let me bring you back to reality by suggesting that you research the difference between American Airline and American Eagle, you will discover they are to different entity’s, they are not one of the same.
    Make yourself a fool if you wish that American Airline fly ‘s to Dominica and let it be your dream that will not materialize perhaps only after, and if an International Airport is built.

    And even then due to the fact that Dominica is a dead and backward place, unless by some miracle attracting vast amount of tourist to the island you will live in la-la-land dreaming that American airline land in Dominica.

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    • Mark
      January 12, 2023

      Francisco, is it that important for one to “research” the difference between American Airlines and American Eagle? Focus instead on the impact the new schedule will have on travel to Dominica.
      And FYI, in case you have not used the new service, passengers go to the American Airlines space at the terminal to print an “American Airlines” boarding pass and to the American Airlines counter for their checked luggage. So what’s the big deal?
      I don’t see it.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 13, 2023

        Mark the reason I suggest that is because the government of Dominica keep emphasizing “American Airline” when it is plainly written o the Aircraft “American Eagle.
        Now there is truly a connection to American Airline; as a matter of fact there are several other Airlines out there associated with American Airline; nevertheless; if you flew on American Eagle, and there is an issue where one have to file a law suit in a court of law; the victim, cannot sue American Airline, they specifically have to Sue American Eagle.
        Tell me; when you buy a ticket to fly on American Eagle, does it read American Airline?
        The emphasis on American Airline is to impress Dominicans that American Airline operates in Dominica.
        They operate from different terminals here.

        Mind you Mark, it is one of the same American Eagle which operated in Dominica, they flew from Puerto Rico, to Dominica until they withdrew there services, the only difference is this type of Jet powered Aircraft fly at longer…

        • Mark
          January 17, 2023

          Francisco, the agreement was signed between the Government of Dominica and American Airlines, not American Eagle therefore the article is correct in stating that American Airlines is revising its schedule to Dominica.
          You are trying to make it a big deal because of the “markings” on the aircraft. Nobody is trying to impress anyone here. What is there to impress? Less flights to Dominica? It’s all in your head.

          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            January 18, 2023

            Seeing is believing my friend!

            In spite of that if you go to LAX International, or any airport where American Airline, And American Eagle operates, you will find both entities operate from different terminals.

            If you get injured on American Eagle, you can’t sue American Airlines, I wonder why!

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  18. Streetsmart
    January 11, 2023

    When I tell people Dominica cannot afford an international airport the think I am crazy. We cannot full AA with 75 seats what make you think we can full British Airways with 300, Jetblue with 200 and Emirates 400 daily or even 3 times a week. The people that fighting for international airport goes to Dominica once a year. Remember a year consist of 365 days.

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    • Think about it on a deeper level
      January 12, 2023

      The point of the international airport is not to fill the plane and bring everyone DCA…. Dca would just one of the stops out of many. Instead of American eagle having to come down full and go back empty, dca being a hub would some what prevent that. In addition it would bring jobs and because it wouldn’t be so difficult to get to the island there might be more of an appeal to want to go there in the first place. All of the surroundings island has international airport and they are thriving.

    • Think about it on a deeper level
      January 12, 2023

      The point of the international airport is not to fill the plane and bring everyone DCA…. Dca would just one of the stops out of many. Instead of American eagle having to come down full and go back empty, dca being a hub would some what prevent that. In addition, it would bring jobs and because it wouldn’t be so difficult to get to the island there might be more of an appeal to want to go there in the first place. All of the surroundings islands has international airport and they are thriving.

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    • TeteMorne I From
      January 13, 2023

      True comment. Absolutely hanging their hats where their hands CANNOT reach it. Ki international airport? For WHAT???

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  19. Max
    January 11, 2023

    No demand would suggestCharles and her crew are not doing nearly enough to attract tourists to Dominica. For ths good of the sector she and her aides should go, including DDA. Time to employ people withtravel experience who can talk about the island with first hand knowledge, unlike all these fine suits who never leave their office.

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  20. UKDominican
    January 11, 2023

    Denise Charles obviously is not a frequent traveler. To call Miami a connectIng hub for travellers from Europe and Asia to Dominica is laughable. Today there is not even a connecting flight from Barbados or any other Caribbean island to get me from the U.K. to Dominica the same day. And I’m sorry Denise but there is no connecting flight from Antigua by Liat either if I chose to fly there from London. The best way I found is to fly from Bristol to Paris Orly by Esyjet for a fee of around £60 return and connect with Corsair or in AirCaraibe to Martinique for around £600 return, overnight there and take the ferry next day straight to Roseau. Honestly, it is as if you really don’t want people to visit Dominica. it is easier and doesn’t take longer to fly all the way to Australia for me. It is clear from American airline announcement that the demand is simply not there. How are you going to sustain all these new hotel developments. The business is obviously not there.

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    • Frequent Traveller
      January 12, 2023

      Well you can fly Virgin or BA and get to Barbados around 330pm with BA and virgin times vary on the day. But BA offers a better chance of connecting to Dominica VIA barbados on InterCaribbean Airways flight that leaves at 530pm. I’ve done it myself so that’s the main option at this point. Plus interCaribbean and BA have an agreement. Virgin and intercaribbean don’t so your bags won’t be transferred

    • Gary
      January 15, 2023

      Your ignorance is so pathetic, Miami is a connecting hub for travelers from Europe and Asia to Dominica via the American Airlines, and yes Dominica was added to AA destination for travelers around the world and the US who wish to travel to Dominica using Miami as a hub to move its passengers to the connected flights to reach their intended destination Dominica, comfortably. There are reasons why there are no direct flights from the U.K. to Dominica the same day, and not only Dominica, geographical distance, the cost, and type of plane needed to make the flights based on fuel consumption and cost.

      The answer to how Dominica is going to sustain these new hotel developments, does not rest in your opinions and beliefs, so long.

  21. Cdr. Bud Slabbaert
    January 11, 2023

    The size of the airport is not decisive. No passenger flies to a destination because of the airport. The DEMAND for visiting a destination is important. Not enough passengers to fill a 76-seat airplane, not a good sign. For an airline to profitable an 85% payload is needed. That means that each flight would require 64 passengers. That number could be lower if all 12 first class seats are filled; those passengers pay more. If the demand is high, then there may be more weekly flights. A few destinations even get 2 daily flights.
    Keep in mind that vacationers mostly arrive/depart during the weekends. So, why fly during the week if there are not enough passengers.
    The demand depends on what the destination has to offer. However, there is also competition. For Americans it may be Costa Rica, which is beloved because of its nature and ecology. It has 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites that are protected National Parks. Dominica may want to explore if it has a location to be recognized by UNESCO

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    • We the People
      January 12, 2023

      There you go Sir –

      Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a national park in Dominica established in July 1975, the first to be legally established in the country. It became a World Heritage Site in 1997.

      The park is named after its highest mountain, Morne Trois Pitons, meaning mountain of three peaks. The park is an area of significant volcanic activity. Features within the park include the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake; Titou Gorge; and Emerald Pool.

      The mountain is the second-highest peak in Dominica, being exceeded only by Morne Diablotins (1,447 m (4,747 ft)).

      Perhaps we really ought to maket this more. Denise, take note

    • Gary
      January 12, 2023

      Very insightful comment, it is the reality of how the airline industry operates. The Dominica Government just needs to work harder at their game plan promoting the Country, not only at seasonal festivities. That being said I would like to correct you, Dominica do have a UNESCO Heritage Site

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    • Ibo France
      January 12, 2023

      This comment is very informative and enlightening. The relevant authorities should give these suggestions serious thought.

      In the airline business, the profit margin is mostly razor thin. Plans and strategies must be frequently reviewed in order to be competitive and to maximize profits. Dominica must develop creative ways to attract many more visitors as the potential is there.

      Where leadership is lacking everything else is lacking.

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    • Frank
      January 12, 2023

      Dominica is jeopardizing its only UNESCO World Heritage Site by selling part of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park to a private cable car developer.

      And the lack of demand suggests that the Ministry of Tourism and Discover Dominica are completely ineffective. That’s where nepotism rather than skills and experience gets you.

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    • Anthony P Ismael
      January 12, 2023

      Bud, the authorities should have already rang your phone years ago. Your comments are always informative and learned. When you’re interacting with ignorant people who are devoid basic commonsense and logic, analysis like yours have and will continue to fall on death ears. I was planning to travel to Dominica and the fares are simply ridiculous! US$1500.00 and a total of 30 hours travel time.

    • DOM AV
      January 12, 2023

      Couldn’t have said it any better!

    • derp
      January 12, 2023

      Exactly they say it’s the nature island, but look at Roseau the capital, it’s a concrete jungle, so many open spaces with abandoned buildings that can be used to beautify the city and much less the parking situation where a parking complex is greatly needed, right next to the Financial Center is a great place for a multi-story building to house all Roseau traffic

    • angelq
      January 12, 2023

      I dont think many folks visit Costa Rica strictly due to the Unesco certification. Dominica has Zero Night life and a mediocre offering of things to do during the day.No sex appeal whatsoever

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 13, 2023

      For the first time I can say what you wrote makes plenty, (lots of sense).

      And so I am even giving you thumbs up for the first time; and though I have not posted a laugh in a long time; your comments has helped to restore my laugh where it pertains to Dominica as a total joke!


      What a disgusting place: Can any good come out of Dominic?

      Number (#41) forty one thumbs up is from the kid, take it from me American Eagle will soon phase out of Dominica; you see people like Roosevelt Skerrit has screwed things up so much there is no return, as long as Roosevelt is prime minister, the status quo shall remain!
      It all about politics, and not about development, there is nothing in Dominica to pull tourist to the country; they talk crap about nature island, I live in a America, live in Europe too, I drive across America to Canada and into Mexico; I see nature, there are parrots everywhere: Nature island is not a magic wand!

  22. dissident
    January 11, 2023

    This is de results of Skerrit hot air brilliant negotiation skills!!!!!!
    Skerrit boasted….full of hot air….to Lennox Linton and UWP.
    Skerrit even made de ordinary laborite think he was de person dat brought de proposal to American airlines!!!!!
    Denise……no matter how much marketing you do….. American airlines will make their own decisions without thinking of Skerrit.
    How much extra flight did we have for the election in December?
    Leave summer out of dat…….false promises!!!!!
    our busiest time is November and February
    You have no shame talking dat garbage to us!!!
    Like Rubis de FAKE WORLD BOSS have no influence over American airlines!!!!!!
    Think of it nuh people!
    Dem man FAKE!

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  23. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 11, 2023

    You see they keep lying and believing their own lies that American Airlines has direct flight to Dominica. The fact is “American Airline ” is not flying to Dominica, never had a single flight to Dominica.

    American Eagle, is a totally different entity, which flew to Dominica from Puerto Rico to Dominica until a few years ago when the withdrew their services.

    As usual in Dominica the lies prevails over the truth; up to the time it is written on the aircraft in bold letters “American Eagle, they are still trying to impress people that American Airline is flying to Dominica.

    I reiterate American Eagle & American Arline are totally different entities; they are not one of the same!

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    • derp
      January 12, 2023

      American Airlines is the parent company of American Eagle…. The American Eagle that flies to Dominica is operated by Envoy Air Inc which is a subsidiary of the American Airlines Group,Envoy%20Air%20Inc.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 13, 2023

        But you see I can also show you the Following!
        American Eagle Airlines, Inc. To Change Its Name To Envoy
        Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:00 AMl
        FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — American Eagle Airlines, Inc. (American Eagle Airlines), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., announced today that the company will be changing its name to Envoy in spring 2014. This change is being made to give the company its own distinct identity and eliminate the confusion between the company’s current name and American Eagle, the regional flying brand of American Airlines, Inc. With the formation of American Airlines Group, the 10 carriers currently providing regional service for the legacy American and US Airways networks will all eventually fly under the American Eagle brand.

        “Our people and our company – which is one of the largest regional carriers in the world:
        (Are you confused now?)
        In America you will never understand how companies work!

  24. elizabethlxavier
    January 11, 2023

    Okay, Minister Denise Charles. However, what I am more interested in, is knowing when will this International Airport of ours be completed.

    I want to leave Toronto International to fly to Dominica, without having to get off the Airline that I am on, regardless of how many times it stops to pick other passengers.

    This getting off thing, from one airline and reboarding another one is now too tough for me, at my age.

    Two years ago, my sister got to Barbados too late, because of that same situation, so she missed the Airline that would take her to Dominica; she had to overnight in Barbados, something that I hate so much, especially now–the pain of having to drag my luggage to a Hotel and from it, to do the boarding process all over again.

    I am beginning to think that this International Airport construction is way too slow, wee! So hurry up now!

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    • Anon B True
      January 12, 2023

      So, elizabethlxavier, if AA cuts service because we cannot fill a 76 seat aircraft, why do you think AC will attract sufficient load to fly to Dominica?

      • elizabethlxavier
        January 13, 2023

        Anon B True, did you read what I wrote? I spoke about the need for an airline to fly direct to Dominica, not about people filling up and airline. That is the need for an International Airport

        While I must get off at Florida, from Air Canada, to transfer to another airline, to fly to Dominica, people of St. Vincent, Grenada, or St. Lucia, remain on that Air Canada flight, regardless of how many places it stops to pick up other people, because it will take them straight to their destination.

        In 2013 for my mom’s funeral, even if I left Toronto at 8am, two days before, I had to overnight in Barbados, to fly to Antigua the next day, to catch another Liat Airline by 5pm, which never came. The one that came 3 hours later took me home by 9pm.

        I thought I was going to miss my moms funeral if I had slept at in Antigua. The funeral was scheduled for 3pm; it takes 2 hours from the airport to my village. How would I deal with that kind of hassle?

    • Tub tub
      January 12, 2023

      Keep dreaming you could fly very far in your dreams as many witchcraft workers in Dominica do. It used to be old people flying – now the sky is filled with young people flying to far away places to harm people. Fly safely.

    • Help us God
      January 12, 2023

      Keep defending those lies of Skerrit…the longer you keep defending their lies and corruption the sooner you will get that direct flight from Canada to nowhere close to Dominica

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    • Marty
      January 13, 2023

      The short answer is, NEVER. Skerrit hasn’t got the finances to construct an international airport. He never had since he squandered most of the CBI money for other ‘purposes’. Stop being naive and see that man for what he is: a gangster and a habitual liar.

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      • Inez
        January 13, 2023

        A real gangster you right. We never had such a character in the office of pm like this one. Maybe it’s for a reason, we don’t know. But Dominica is in a really bad shape.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 13, 2023

      Such comment from you Elizabeth, Roosevelt Skerrit mama, will cause Roosevelt to turn on you. I cannot believe you ask a question like that, when you know that nasty crook Roosevelt Skerrit is the obstacle in the way of the building of an international Airport in the country.
      In the first place the kind of resources that is required to pay for the building of an International Airport in Dominica we don’t have in our local treasury, and the reality is that no local banks has that amount of money.

      Secondly, no international or foreign financial institutions will loan our nation money for such purpose when they know the thief in Dominica will utilize the money for personal wealth.

      Elizabeth, the government of Trinidad & Tobago loaned the people of Dominica via the UWP over forty years ago to build an International Airport; the Labor Party (including Roosevelt Skerrit) said “we doh want it). They said that Edison James: will continue.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 13, 2023

        Yes, indeed Roosevelt, the late Rosie Douglas, Ian Douglas, were the main culprits who said Edison James wants an International Airport so that he can import more drugs into the country!
        And that’s how stupid the labor party members you are supporting, the corrupted people one especially you are supporting are!

        Roosevelt Skerrit when he became prime minister, he went to St. Vincent, and brought Ralph Gonzales to Dominica to tell Dominicans that Dominica does not need an International Airport, all that is needed is the refurbishing of the terminal, and installing landing.

        If the labor party member were not all dumb stupid people; derailing the construction of the Airport when the UWP was building it, we would have had an International Airport in operation, more than forty almost fifty years ago!

        Ian Douglas said the almost four hundred million dollars the UWP was spending was too much Labor could build it for a fraction less, where is that fraction less Ian big…

  25. Bwa-Banday
    January 11, 2023

    You see, the government would like you to believe its all AA fault. My questions to the Weave Queen and Dr. Piping-Her are;
    1. Have we negotiated with AA and propose canceling landing fees etc owed?
    2. Are we allowing them to use the terminal space- where we check in- free of charge?
    3. Have we discussed giving ground services free of charge since we can use NEP employees?
    Our leaders lack vision, hence all they see at this point is the subsidy they will be paying when airlift capacity is not what was anticipated or sold to AA. Sadly, when it’s voting time there is always plenty money available to fly in plane loads of Di-A.S-POOR-AHS.ES.

    If anyone been to the AA website from September of last year, the average ticket price was about $1500 USD from Miami to DOM and back. It’s alleged that was the direction given by the mad leader to cover the airlift capacity issue. But we like it so in Dca. The RESET day-khar-laying us from the rear with no grease to ease the pain…

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    • Anthony P Ismael
      January 12, 2023

      Is so they like it. :cry: :cry:
      Madness and slackness running the place. A family of four would need US6000.00 to travel to Dominica at this price.

  26. Roseau
    January 11, 2023

    Denise how can you as a minister be “hoping” that AA comes to Da on a more regular basis during the summer? It is you who have to go as a strong negotiator and make demands!! What kind of minsters we have there nor? So is people like you who go and represent Da on the international scene? Well we really finish in Da.
    All the instabilities that are affecting Da like crime and dirty politics, without any serious and direct address from the leaders, you think AA does not hear about it? Well think again.
    Another thing is that you all are not advertising the country in the international market. SMH

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  27. Voo doo
    January 11, 2023

    It’s probably not profitable. No surprise at all. We have a spoiler at de Red.

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  28. Zandoli
    January 11, 2023

    So if there isn’t demand to fill a 76 seater from a very large, wealthy market that is 3.5 hours away, I hardly think any other airline would give Dominica a second look any time soon.
    And herein lies the problem with people clamoring for an international airport. I would like to fly directly to Dominica, but unless it is lucrative for an airline, they are simply going to stay away from that destination. And it is not just the ability of the airline to turn over dollars. They have limited resources and they are going to employ those resources where they can maximize their profits.

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  29. Skerro
    January 11, 2023

    It will soon stop too da to behind back do the dam international Airport

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    • RastarMarn
      January 11, 2023

      Soh Long RastarMarn telling allyou Dominica is not a Tourist destination like them other popular destinations with white sand beaches and plenty Sun!!!

      No Casino or gambling House

      No Horse Racing

      No Jewelry Mart where dempeople can get reasonable priced precious metals and ornaments

      No Textile Mart

      Noffing to make tourist come and gamble a little money!!!

      If allyou want to promote Dominica as a destination allyou need to market the destination as a Holistic Destination for the few whom are looking for Natural healing!!!

      Stop the foolishness and wasting money trying to keep up with places like Anguilla the Virgin Islands and even St. Lucia!!!

      People have those places there to go already with all sorts of all inclusive accommodations!!!

      Go back to drawing board and focus on Agriculture there is Nuff Land to Grow enough food to feed the Lesser Antilles like our forefathers used to do!!!

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 12, 2023

        Guy you can kill me if you wish, but your contribution here is the most foolish comment I’ve read for a long time: that is so foolish it reminds me of a stupid comment spoken by “Charles Duell” more than three hundred years ago!

        “Mr. Deull’s most famous attributed utterance is that “everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles Duell spoke those words in 1899, a hundred and twenty-four (124) years ago. If the world inventors and scientists listened to his personal convincing nonsense Charles spoke, American Eagle would not be sitting in Dominica as we are debating, man would not have flown to the moon and back, in general space would not be explored, I would not be able to electronically read DNO and respond to you, I would not have the knowledge of an Electronic/Electrical Engineer there would be no motor vehicle running on fossil fuel and battery powered traveling at over two hundred miles per hour.
        You asking for no development in Dominica!
        That is…

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        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          January 12, 2023

          That is foolishness, you are indication because there are no sandy beaches (white sands beaches in the country) there should be no promotion of tourism. Where have you been, where have you traveled?
          There are many places on this planet without beaches, as a matter of fact I’ve been to places in Europe which attracts tourist in the Summer time: by the millions without beaches.
          What is the difference in Dominica and St. Lucia; I been there, the only difference is right now the government of Dominica is corrupted, a one man dictatorship has ruined the country.
          St. Lucia is as rugged as Dominica, yet there is something that pulls investors in the tourist industry to the country, Roosevelt pays people billions to build guess houses without results!
          Only a fool does that!
          In the 1960, Bird of Antigua, made lands available to investors to build hotels, but the investors put their money into the instructors
          Jewelry and gambling is not about tourism.

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        • elizabethlxavier
          January 13, 2023

          Telemaque, are you saying that before 124 years ago, nothing was invented?

          But the man in question said “everything that can be invented” I perceive him saying that the ideas of invention were already there, but the time that the person, or people who had to bring forth that invention had to come.

          Learn to read between the lines or listen carefully to understand what is written or spoken, otherwise no one would understand the Word of God.

          Hear the words of the apostle John as he said about Jesus: “All things were made by Him, and nothing that was made, was made without Him”.

          Right here, it is being said that the concept of computers (for example) was there from the start, the inventors would come at God’s given time.

          I perceive Mr. Charles Duell’s words as a prophecy, which is a gift of a the Spirit, however he spoke it.

          The second coming of Christ Jesus was spoken by He, Himself, 2000 years ago. Is that foolishness to you?

          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            January 16, 2023

            “Telemaque, are you saying that before 124 years ago, nothing was invented?”

            Absolutely not read it again, you will find I said one hundred-twenty-four years ago a man by the name of Mr. Charles Duell said “everything that could be invented was already invented.”

            The moral implies he was absolutely short sighted, and could not see into the future, he was contented with the way things were 124 years ago.

            You will understand this: remember the Prophet, when his servant came our and saw the army, he cried out to him saying they were out numbered:

            And the prophet said to God to open his eyes so that he can see, and he saw the legends of Angels ready to protect him and the prophet.

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      • Gary
        January 15, 2023

        Lol, why is it what you believe you fit into a version of reality. Do you read. If you do not understand something, do not condemn it and showcase your ignorance, but again you are entitled to your opinion.

    • UKDominican
      January 12, 2023

      You are right Mr. Slabbaert. If the demand is there the airlines will cater for it. From the U.K. alone Virgin Atlantic offer flights to the following Caribbean destinations for the current season. Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahama’s Turks and Caicos. You can even book a BA flight from London to little Aruba via Antigua without change of airplane but sadly Dominica is left out.

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