American Eagle worries

Dominicans have been told to prepare for the worst as American Eagle get ready to end flights from Puerto Rico in 2013.

The airline has confirmed plans to suspend flights from San Juan to a number of destinations in the Caribbean in attempts to shave $75-million per year in labor costs.

Executive Director of the Discover Dominica Authority Collin Piper told the 41st annual general meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association at the Fort Young hotel on Wednesday night that American eagle has also confirmed ongoing discussions with three companies to help breach the gaps which will be left by the airline.

He did not name the companies, only referring to them as ‘X, Y, Z.’

“We also heard from American Airlines who confirmed that they are in discussion with three companies towards an American Airline service or an American Eagle service operated by X, Y, Z,” Piper said. “We don’t know what will materialize but I heard someone mention that they were able to book tickets up to July next year.”

Piper is anticipating that a decision will be made soon and that American Airlines will announce its intentions concerning that matter.

Despite this, the is warning that Dominica should prepare for the worst.

“I think we need to prepare for the worst in this particular case because if they are not able to come to an agreement with any one of these three airlines its entirely possible that American Airlines will make other arrangements for those ticketed passengers and that would include putting them on seats of alternate airlines,” the DDA boss disclosed.

American Eagle serves Dominica with 896 seats from San Juan weekly.

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163 Comments

  1. Bluuuuhhh
    October 31, 2012

    If there was a flight from Ft Lauderdale or Miami to DA. Would anyone care about San Juan?

    It is achievable without extending the runway.

    Let us talk about a real alternative via a REAL American City. One that I can say “I am in the US” when I arrive … I can walk out the door and hire a car and drive to anywhere I want.

    San Juan is a glorified Elis Island where once there you are still not ‘there’.

    • Bluuuuhhh
      October 31, 2012

      dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/business/international-airport-wont-solve-dominicas-air-access-problem-piper/

      “According to Piper 60 percent of the flights coming into Puerto Rico arrive in the afternoon but American Airlines is not concerned about that.

      He said the airlines have an agenda and it is now incumbent upon us to service the banks that come into San Juan in the afternoons.

      “We as a destination need to go out and sell that availability to another airline and convince them to come from San Juan so that we can now attract people and get them into Dominica the same day. An international airport will not solve that,” he said.”

      What happened to Piper? he was talking so much sense then.

      DA is not an unprofitable route. Stop the panic.

      Also, let us please do the above … afternoon flights. How many of OUR visitors overnight in SJU? Think about all that revenue this island is missing out on.

      THIS should be our main focus.

    • Bluuuuhhh
      October 31, 2012

      Yes I am contradicting myself. Personally I do not want to fly via San Juan, but whatever is the best for this country is my heart.

  2. Felix Nevares
    October 29, 2012

    Plenty opportunities on the horizon. Invite,Invite. Contact all; large, small all size of commercial airlines to come to Dominica. Copa Airlines fly to Saint Marteen, San Juan and others. Spirit and Jet Blue fly various destinations in the Caribbean as well, Dominca can be a stop on the way to…. Cape Air fly all airports in PR, Tortola, Anguila, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Nevis. N&M aviation out of PR have small 19 seater commuters. The past can’t be changed, your intention today can curb the future. Waiting is degenerating, no time to waste. Get informed, have the statistics meet with the suppliers and the people who are willing to help. Dream big, start small. As a full time resident of Dominica I am willing to put some time into it.
    ARE YOU? :-D

  3. Peace
    October 22, 2012

    We need to form an alliance with Dominicans overseas to collect funds towards an International Airport.Nothing lower than a XCD100.00 a month to an International Airport fund at National Bank of Dominica from locals and diaspora, DNO can also give an update on the how much we’re making then when we get enough we can get local engineers and friendly governments and agencies to assist us in the building of the Airport, we can do it, if we just pull together.

  4. D/ca american
    October 22, 2012

    Instead of paying airlines all of this money and giving liat 8 million, use that money and purchase few airplanes, and form you guys own company, purchase some small airplanes like liat for flight in the Caribbean and at list 3 to 5 Airbus A320s to replace the american eagle route and to fly routes like Miami and and a few other connecting flight where more individual travel to Dominica for a start and lets see how it work.Living in the united states there are many people that are scared to board the dash 8 and atr, i’ave heard it my self from lots of people when i spread the word Dominica to them. Government of Dominica, i don’t know if u will see this comment but i do hope you guys do and think of it and try something… remember start small and grow big…i love my country

  5. Peace
    October 22, 2012

    Dominica needs a jet strip

  6. GoBeckMore
    October 22, 2012

    When one door closes many more open. We may get cheaper options. That option just cannot be LIAT. No way no how for me.

  7. walle
    October 21, 2012

    I guess ross university students are the only concern of the dominican govt.

    • BB22
      October 22, 2012

      Ross University and the students bring a lot of money into Dominica. The Dominican government should be taking the airline matter very seriously.

  8. Francisco Telemaque
    October 21, 2012

    ” American eagle has also confirmed ongoing discussions with three companies to help breach the gaps which will be left by the airline.
    He did not name the companies, only referring to them as ‘X, Y, Z. ”

    In order for someone to believe anything in the quote above, that person, or persons would have to be existing on another planet or be out of their natural mind.

    Observation!

    American Eagle is cutting operation; and let us simply say is no longer interested in serving ” Dominica; ” to my mind because they are not making enough money from the Dominica, Puerto Rico route.

    If it is not profitable for American Eagle to operate within the route they have in the Caribbean, how can this man make the claim that American Eagle is arranging, or trying to influence, or have ongoing discussions with airlines X, Y, & Z to breach the gaps, which they are leaving because it is not profitable for them to operate.

    That is not the way it works in a business world, perhaps in the mythical businesses world of Dominica that’s how it works, but I do not believe there are many X, Y, and Z operators of commercial airlines which directors would step into a situation where they know one mans meat is definitely another man’s Poisson, and eat it.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Another Observation
      October 22, 2012

      Actually, this is in fact a plausibble statement. AE is cutting service because it is not profitable (due to labor costs, per the above). Subcontracting the service to another operator could be quite profitable if AE simply manages the booking and customer service processes and allows the other operator to take on the more intensive labor and fuel costs. Now, I’m not saying that the statement is true – just highlighting that this could be a viable and potentially attractive option for AE.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        October 22, 2012

        Good thought, but unless you are better informed than I am; that is not how it works, American Eagle had to apply for that route, I believe they are licensed to fly that route; to my knowledge the arrangement cannot be transferred to any other airline without the blessing of the authorities who assign flying route:

        FAA, or some other authority!

        Here is a for instance:

        I got unto an American Eagle flight in Puerto Rico, traveling to Dominica, for some reason American Eagle over-flew Dominica, and went on to St. Lucia, it was schedule to land in Castries, at the municipal airport, however, an emergency caused an detour to View Fort, International.

        I got scared, thus when we landed at the International Airport, I ask the pilot to let me and my daughter off the aircraft; I intended to get into a taxi and go to Castries airport where I hope to get unto an LIAT flight bound for Dominica.

        I was informed by the captain, “they could not let my daughter and me out of the aircraft, because they were not licensed (American Eagle that is) to land at the International Airport in St. Lucia, the only reason they were allowed to land there was due to the emergency which caused the Air Traffic controllers to direct them to land there.”

        So, it is not as simple as trying to curtail cost, and getting agency’s to sell tickets; and evade labor cost it extends beyond that, it is more complicated than that; Piper is doing nothing more than gimmicking right now.

        Even if American Eagle were to continue serving Dominica, the problem we have with air transportation into and out of Dominica, especially where it pertains to international arrivals, and departures will persists; our resolve is an International Airport.

        That is the only resolve to the problem, and procrastinating will not solve the problem in a thousand years to come.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  9. still
    October 21, 2012

    http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/opinion/563294.html Based on one of my earlier comments some seem to think that i’m stating that Dominica should not have an international airport. That is not the case. I waz simply stating that it may not be the most cost efficient route for air transport within the region and internationally. The posted link reminds us of the difficulty and expense to the passenger and governments associated with air transport in the region not just Dominica.

    • 4progress
      October 22, 2012

      @STILL….tks for pointing us to the article…its make for interesting reading and updating on the current situation relating to air transport.

      A serious discussion is needed at the CARICOM level, which the PM should be championing the case for a proper level playing field for air transport in the Caribbean, since we have a great deal more than others to benefit.

      All Caribbean leaders looking out for themselves and their nation, nothing is wrong with that, except some nations like Trinidad are much bigger economically and can not see the error of their ways until told.

      The PM for his part should have invested the $8M in CAL, not LIAT, ensuring better returns. THIS IS BUSINESS, NOT CHARITY.

  10. perry mason
    October 20, 2012

    people tell the p.m talk to westjet they go to st.lucia they can also go to dominica

  11. 4u2c
    October 20, 2012

    A sure sign of an INEPT government and ministers!!!!
    Never negotiated anything, cannot negotiate anything, will never negotiate anything…But Can beg for pittance and hoping begging can save the country..INCOMPETENT!! IS A DISGRACE!!

  12. junapy
    October 20, 2012

    Get a chinese airline paint the planes same color with the eagle planes and call the airline for Amerikan Geagle. Who cyan swim take the geagle.

  13. 911
    October 20, 2012

    when my grand and great grand parents were going to england(london if u ask them)it took them about three weeks but they got there anyway.my opinion dominica will have to fly to antigua ,st martin or wherever liat flies and connect there with the american airline .and yes it is going to cost us more

    • HR
      October 23, 2012

      Eagle is pulling out of all the Islands!

  14. Ma
    October 20, 2012

    Lord have mercy, dominica is finished, how can we travel to see our families, systems should have bring put in placed they knew in advance that AA would be pulling out, what is going to happen to the Ross students, the will move some where else,Portsmouth is finished

  15. Pedro
    October 20, 2012

    We do not need American Eagle. We will soon have Air China, Air Venezula and air Iran.

    • de informer
      October 20, 2012

      you never know.

    • zasquales
      October 21, 2012

      I want to tell the public, this pedro who stole my internet name, that this pedro is not Peter karam. period. ok peter karam on DNO is NOT peter karam. admin please confirm this.

    • Opps
      October 22, 2012

      You forgot Air Lybia, Cubana, Air Moroco, Azerbaijan Airlines and Air Labour.

  16. Jayson
    October 20, 2012

    Where’s Ian Douglas?

  17. Bod
    October 20, 2012

    Nature Island Airlines. Six Dash-8 planes owned and operated by Dominica, with Dominicans as shareholders and, in an ideal world, with investment in expertise from someone like Branson. Planes fly exclusively between Dominica and Antigua, Dominica and Barbados and Dominica and San Juan – every day. Run them on biofuel. make a statement, do something innovative and different.

    • yril Volney
      October 20, 2012

      Brilliant!

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      October 20, 2012

      Brilliant idea! However, LIAT will never allow such a move. Gaining landing rights into VC Bird International may be tougher than winning the lottery.

      • Anonymous
        October 22, 2012

        Well forget Antigua….we can connect to SXM. Alot more traffic if you ask me.

  18. Love for Dominica
    October 20, 2012

    I always check the new to know what going on in my country and the sorroundings.It is not good news to learn come 2013 will not have a airline to connect as to America.I0. agree with those of you who say we need an international airport, but getting down to the facts, even if we have the money to build an international airport, that might solve future problems but not the one we a faced with. The problem that we are faced with is to find an immediate replacement for American eagle to continue the flow of visitors to the island, and to ensure that Ross university students are brought in and out of Dominica.
    Many times we dwell on the problems, but do not seek for solutions, yes we don’t have an international air port and certainly will not build one tomorrow. I hope your suggestions are welcome. To Whom It May Concern, I hope those good ones can help us build a better Dominica. Your criticism are also welcome, surely, they should not be used as stumbling block but stepping stones.
    I think we should stop play politics people, that is a serious matter let’s put our head together for a worthy cause. I hope that the Prime minister and cabinet fines a solution so all Dominican and visitors can benefit from.
    Please Mr. Prime Minister don’t wait for something to happen the nation is depending on the government of Dominica to come up with a quick fix to solve the current problem.
    I hope the replacement for the Eagle is already in place as I write.

  19. October 20, 2012

    LIAT’s airfare from Puerto Rico to Dominica cost more than an airfare from Florida to Dominica. I may not travel to Dominica again if LIAT is the only airline to and from the Island, and I am not the only one.

  20. delicespassiinus
    October 19, 2012

    So DNO hated my comment so bad that it was not posted… what’s going on here… the truth hurts.

  21. Leaving In Miami
    October 19, 2012

    When is the replacement flights for the American Eagle’s departure; Dominica-Miami direct coming? So long we hearing that BVI Airways working with interested parties on this. Any one knows anything. Dominicans in the U S A will come home much more when they start flying. We hearing that their flights are even going to be cheaper than what Eagle charging us from Dominica to Puerto Rico.

  22. presidentf
    October 19, 2012

    Dominica investing in its own airline, same size as the american eagle wont be a bad idea. If you cant ride the train get your damn own.

    • culture baby
      October 20, 2012

      u forget we made a big investment in LIAT

  23. concerned
    October 19, 2012

    The small one fills the pinch of everything first. Getting to Dominica is so stressful now, muchless when these event happen. LIAT is going to take more advantage of people and monopolize on cost. Where there is no competition the dominant one takes advantage of everyone and everything. Again Dominica, changes back to back which is only going to hurt our country. Pray, Pray, Pray. The poor will get poorer, and the rich get richer.” Help us Lord”

  24. Achoobel
    October 19, 2012

    :wink: :-D o.k. folks doh panic…..”Pipwi Airboats” will be offering their service next year…watch this space!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  25. Sharon
    October 19, 2012

    you can only book flights with American airlines until March 8, 2013

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 21, 2012

      American Airlines, and American Eagle, are two different Airlines you know.

      Totally different entity, although the painted colors are similar.

    • Dee
      October 22, 2012

      That’s not true… flights are available as far as into August…

  26. V.I Resident
    October 19, 2012

    P.m please do something real fast especially for the Ross students .start going at the table with jetblue .and their prices are very reasonable .

    • joseph
      October 22, 2012

      Ross students fly through Gaudelope, and take the
      ferry to Portsmouth, I think that should be
      the alternative

  27. true dominican
    October 19, 2012

    Excuse me. Point of correction CC. Caribbean airlines is a 747 and is much too big to land at Vigie, better known as George FL Charles. the only one that come in to Vigie are air caaribes, american eagle, liat and other medium sized aircrafts. all others land and take off at hewanorra.

    • still
      October 21, 2012

      If I’m not mistaken Caribbean Airlines also has smaller aircraft

  28. Big-Bannan
    October 19, 2012

    Imagine this is 2012 where public libraries around the world have free internet and public wifi. Today the Minister for Roseau is on the Radio bragging that “we have 4 computers and if we add two more we will have six, children can print for free but adults will have to pay” Imagine what this island is caught up in. Meanwhile we are suffering for reliable air transport.

  29. My own
    October 19, 2012

    I feeling sorry alas :lol:

  30. AVIATOR
    October 19, 2012

    LIAT is getting larger planes next year also caribbean airlines ATRS and AIR SUNSHINE will be getting larger planes to service the puertorico route.

  31. Lovely Dominica
    October 19, 2012

    Piper said: “I heard someone mention that they were able to book tickets up to July next year.”…..yes ah!

    So as the head of institution, Piper cyan get first-hand info about bookings from an AA representative, or worse case try booking a flight to verify?

    A big man like dat will go in a press-con & repeat “dey say?”. Aye papa bondou, when you see dey hol’ dat kahwat dey calling “dey say” dere eh, no sea or river will be able to wash him!

    SMH at how we do things in our country.

  32. Rastar-Marn
    October 19, 2012

    So let dem stop nuh it have plenty more investors out there we dat Looking at Dominica,,, Wait watch Dem China-man dem bring an Arline for allyou,,, Doh fraid man tings gonna be aright,,,

    Garçon Allyou send message to Skerrit Nuh,,,

    Mista just go and give Liat 8 million to give d same poor service over and over again,,,

    Tell mista to make a delegation to Visit Richard Branson nuh and look into creating “Virgin Caribbean”,,,

    We have good Airport now you know, so dey cannot complain and if dem Fellows who are Odd in Antigua start making Noise, Talk to our Pardners Dem in St. Lucia I sure we can make a deal with some Patwa as dem Antiguans Doh know how to talk Patwa so dey wouldn’t know what we talking about,,,

    Allyou juss dere drinking Rum take a little toax every now and den nuh from d “Green Inspiration” all you will have a little more in-sight on some vibes better,,,

    • prsica
      October 21, 2012

      You sound like a bloody rumbling idiot. Go figure..

      • Rastar-Marn
        October 23, 2012

        Guess it takes One to Know One,,,, LOl

  33. Citizen K
    October 19, 2012

    I hate when Caribbean people take vacation you know, is always a long long time. Look the like button go on vacation and no one knows when it coming back. oh geees man.

  34. still
    October 19, 2012

    Ok now how exactly would the international airport make a difference. Eagle’s parent company is going through bankruptcy so they are restructuring therefore the are pulling out Eagle.. so does anyone think that if wwe had an international airport american airlines would replace Eagle flights with AA flights?? Just asking. Not saying that we should not consider an international airport but with the world economic downturn and the airlines supposed strugles how many airlines would be willing to add more flights to another island in the caribbean? Just asking again

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012

      Still, an international airport must be supported by travel activity which can be created with an increase hotel rooms. I remember when I worked in the govt service few years ago the plan was to build a few thousand rooms as they realise the local population would never justify an international airport.

    • need for justice
      October 19, 2012

      If you want to know how an international airport would make a difference just make a call to Prime Minister Uncle and Comrade Ralph Gonsalves who happily buildiing his country’s international airport at Argyle in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. and just remember he is the same Ralph Gonzalves who told the DOMINICA LABOUR PARTY do not build an international airport because Dominica dont need that. all Dominica need is to upgrade the melvin airport and put night landing since we have plenty soo kou yas flying at night… well i glad for all you… :mrgreen:

    • dreamer
      October 19, 2012

      None unless they get paid.

    • October 20, 2012

      Still, an International Airport WILL BENEFIT the Island because we would not have transfer to another airline in Puerto Rico or any other Island for that matter. We would fly straight home, also there would be more than one flight in and out of the Island. There are questions of how many people fly to Dominica, but the answer is simple. If there was access, roads, overall convenience you would be surprised how many people that would be going home. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

      • October 20, 2012

        correction – not have to transfer to

      • IDIOT
        October 21, 2012

        You’re an IDIOT?? Do you guys Know ANY thing at all about AIRLINE COMPANIES??? If you on a Bus from Roseau to Portsmouth Doesn’t the Bus Stop Multiple times to Pickup and drop off passengers?? Thats how an Airline company work Do some research and come back and talk. Do you think Dominica has the resources to handle an International Airport right now?? Maintenance, Air Traffic??? Its already in Debt why put more on the poor country?? Many of you have traveled to the US ETC and you know DAMN WELL certain flts you MUST STOP and the AIRLINE HUB. Please research and then criticize!

    • blue
      October 20, 2012

      maybe if you cut 20 flights in a month with ATR and regroup them to 6 or 8 flights in AA you get a better ratio. just an idea

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      October 20, 2012

      To answer your question, the marketplace would make such a decision. Bear in mind that the route is very profitable for American Airlines. Furthermore, a larger aircraft means that the cost to travel is spread out over a larger number of travelers, thus reducting total overall cost to each passenger.
      However, because only small aircrafts such as the Dash 8 and ATR turboprops can land safely into Melville Hall, we are at a constant disadvantage.

  35. Big-Bannan
    October 19, 2012

    Dominica, in a class of it’s own. One of few nations in 2012 without an International Airport, and the government insists we do not need it.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012

      We don’t. We need more flights not a jet strip.

      • HR
        October 19, 2012

        Yes, U are absolutely correct. I have been saying this since AA announced bunkruptcy. International airport has nothing to do with it.Personally…I would not want to fly into Melville Hall at night. It scary enough during the day!!! :-P

      • October 19, 2012

        u stupid u just confirm u from dom in a can

      • dicky
        October 20, 2012

        u do not know what you are talking about. take some time to think before posting

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012

      Yes we do need one but an International Airport is not the cause. They also said other Caribbean countries, including those with international airports and the purpose is to cut labor costs

      • BiGmE
        October 19, 2012

        good observation because it seems some people cannot read to see the reason they are stopping the flight was even to other countries with international airport

      • October 20, 2012

        Anonymous, I agree. The airport is not the problem.

        The Airlines charge so much causing people not to travel, and that send them into bankruptcy. It’s all about GREED.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        October 20, 2012

        But they have other options besides American. For example, Jet Blue and Caribbean Airlines all land in Jamaica. Air Tran and American Airlines also lands there too. That’s four separate airlines if you’re counting.

    • dreamer
      October 19, 2012

      But we have 2 international airports whose runways lengths are in accordance with the average number of passengers flown in and out. We do not need any other infrastructure

    • Caribdivai1
      November 2, 2012

      We doh have a cinema house to go and watch pirates of the caribbean and oh my latest james bond movie
      Is international airport you want us to have!…….lol

  36. CC
    October 19, 2012

    Caribbean Airlines, Air Caraibes & Air Antilles currently fly to vigie airport in St Lucia whose runway is approximately the same length as melville hall’s runway. Instead of putting all our eggs into LIATS basket, why dont we get these airlines to land at melville hall?

    • NYC
      October 19, 2012

      Ok CC your comment is the only sensible one I read. You have a brilliant idea maybe you can write the PM a letter offering your suggestion?? I really think you should.

    • October 19, 2012

      for you correction vigie is about 7,000 feet. melvillehall is 5800 feet.

      • Wright Brothers
        October 20, 2012

        Yes Jah Youth. I looked it up on more recent sites and let me correct myself below:

        Vigie St. Lucia was 5735 feet long, but extended to 6226 feet.

        Melville Hall was 4777 feet, but then the recent renovations added about 1000 feet so it is now 5761 feet long.

        So Vigie George Charles is a bit longer. But my point about Vigie’s better approach still stands.

    • Wright Brothers
      October 19, 2012

      Vigie Airport in St.Lucia is actually shorter than Melville Hall, but it has a clear approach from the sea. That makes all the difference. The planes do not have to negotiate a forested valley and can land day or night.

      If instead of spending all that money at Melville Hall we had started a new airport at woodford Hill we would have take off and landing from the sea and we would be even better off than Vigie…..But some so called “experts” thought otherwise. Most of us will never live to see another airport….so thats it.

    • dreamer
      October 19, 2012

      simply because they are not – yet – interested to come fly to Dominica as the route is not profitable . As simple as that.

  37. ah me dis
    October 19, 2012

    Mr. Prime Minister get jetblue airways to pick up air transportation when aa stop jetblue have some small 100 seater plane that can fly to dominica just pay them like how we was paying eagles to fly to dominica. jetblue the biggest airline in san juan and they connect to american airline already

    • NYC
      October 19, 2012

      I hate ignorance and stupidity. Real stupid co :twisted: mment.

    • HR
      October 19, 2012

      …and, to me, they very expensive!!!!

    • HR
      October 19, 2012

      100 seater??? When AA plane most times has 8-15 passengers? How much is fuel? There are times plane is full and that is Ross U students for semester, Creole fesival, Carnival…after that, almost empty plane for rest of year. Let me ask u this…if u have bus in DA and drive from Grand Bay to Roseau and u have 12-15 passengers, u make money, correct? If most of the year, except for the festivities I mention above, u only have 2, 3 or maybe 5 passengers that will not even pay ur gas. I know this is not true, but put urself on
      Eagles side. Imagine paying rocket fuel from San Juan or Miami (or wherever) and only most of the time the plane is empty when there should be around 34 passengers. I am not happy about it, but please try to understand the logic behind it. GET REAL! International doesn’t mean anything. We need to fill up the planes and someone isn’t doing it right because, besides myself, many people didn’t want to pay the recent prices or take 2, 3 or 4 days getting here or taking that many days returning home. Ur vacation is already finished with just the travel time. I have been encounterng this for the last 2 years. Every once in a while u luck out but, people, please be real. Dominica will go more downward with this airline thing.

      • Caribdivai1
        November 2, 2012

        I agree with you…..how many passengers are on these flights say to DA thats what the airlines are really interested in……profits. Gosh our tickets are already so high as it is

    • V.I Resident
      October 19, 2012

      You are right I had the same thought like you .jet blue just a few months ago started flying to st.croix .I heard thru the grapevine that they are planning in extending their flights to other Caribbean destinations so let us keep our fingers cross that our lovely Dominica will be one of them in the near future

      • phil me
        October 21, 2012

        jet blue can’t land in da

    • October 20, 2012

      ah me dis, my sentiments exactly. JetBlue has planes that are the same size as the Eagle. I fly JetBlue from Florida to Puerto Rico and transfer to the Eagle. JetBlue’s airfare is reasonable, so far. Airtran flies to Antigua it could fly to Dominica. Those of us that live in far away countries would just like to not overnight anywhere.

    • the truth
      October 20, 2012

      agreed

  38. Abra
    October 19, 2012

    OMG, what r we gonna do? People in change come up with solution. Put you all head together to make it easier for us DA on the outside who wants to come home with less transit.

  39. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012

    Mr. Prime Minister get jetblue to pick up where aa left off they got some 100 seater planes and pay them to fly to dominica just like we was paying eagles to fly to dominica

  40. delicespassieinus
    October 19, 2012

    Hello Dominicans!!! I can’t believe how ignorant you all are. What does AA removing flights from all the Caribbean has to do with the Prime Minister? AA does not operate under PM Skerrit. Whether or not you are in favor of how he runs the country this is out of his league. Dominica is a country made of hills and mountains where are you all putting the international airport, further more every thing can’t be done at once, Dominicans want Hospital, airport, roads etc. where is the money coming from? Why don’t you all that is complaining go by your own jet. And in a way I am very happy because Puerto Ricans take all my stuff when I’m heading back to the US that is why I travel via Barbados from the US and then Liat to DA. Much easier and cheaper with Jet Blue than AA anyway. So all is not lost.

  41. jahqueen
    October 19, 2012

    i am very hurt by AA’s decision to pull out of Dominica. I refuse to travel on LIAT. I don’t know what i am going to do now. American will be greatly missed. We cannot blame the pm.

  42. killab
    October 19, 2012

    we just need an international airport . not sure why non of the govt past and present ever saw the need for one

    • Love for Dominica
      October 20, 2012

      If my memory serves me right the U.W.P Government bought land for the construction of an international airport, but lost the election.The Londonderry school was even relocated to make way for the same. If this is correct the labour government should continue with the project.

  43. grape vine
    October 19, 2012

    8-O jus got wind that liat will be pulling out from some destinations as well….this is being kept under wraps as negotiations continues…but Dominica was mentioned as one of these destinations.

  44. St.Joe
    October 19, 2012

    Welcome to the next level. As I have been saying since Skerro took over from Pierro.
    “A country that elects a child as it’s leader, will have no progress.”
    And sadly to say this lack of air access to D/ca are some of the results of this childish P.M and Pal Reps in this land.
    Well at least we can take a Boat ride from Martinique and St.Lucia to come to D/ca.
    The labour party is trying something as the day goes by, but it is definitely not working.
    It is time to take them out. The Pal Reps are always overseas in some meeting that bring fourth no fruits.

  45. Malatete
    October 19, 2012

    Puerto Rico is a transit point to to oher U.S. destinations for most travellers from Dominica anyway and we do have atlernatives, certainly as far as resident Dominicans are concerned. For instance by flying to St. Maarten and from there take a discount flight to a major U.S. desination or Canada direct with less hassle than passing through the hub at San Juan.
    I’m more worried about the impact this has on the future prospects of Ross University here in Dominica.

  46. CONCERNED DOMINICAN
    October 19, 2012

    Before you fellow Dominicans go bashing Mr. Piper, The Government or the fact that we don’t have an international Airport please read the info from the link i have attached here.

    http://www.caribbeanbusiness.pr/news03.php?nt_id=69562&ct_id=1

  47. Stealth Critique
    October 19, 2012

    This actions by AA are no fault of the individual governments of the affected islands.

  48. Anthony Ismael
    October 19, 2012

    Although the route will be filled by another carrier, there is an 800 pound gorilla in the room. What is the plan moving forward, as it relates to air access for Dominica? Whether Melville Hall is extended into the sea, a jet port is constructed or Melville Hall is realigned, something needs to be done.

  49. Anthony Ismael
    October 19, 2012

    The is very profitable for American Airlines. Trust me, there are other carriers waiting in the winds to fill this void. It’s the way of the world. Just thinking about LIAT and dealing with Antigua is depressing.

  50. grell
    October 19, 2012

    good aa is pulling out where is the upgrade skerrro

  51. October 19, 2012

    Thank you mr Piper for finally advising us to prepare for the worse. I am surprised Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit who always likes to be the in the sportlight did not call a press conference on this one.
    Even if Anerican Eagle decides to quit, Dummyinicans have absolutely nothing to worry about for the following reasons:
    1. Skerrit’s investment on liat will finally pay off as Liat will hire more people than the Eagle did and liat will be able carry the slack from San Juan and bring more visitore to DA on a daily and timely basis.

    2.That’s why we never needed an international airport. The millions of $’s we dumped on night landing will become very significant as we will be able to accomodate 24/7 service.

    3.Since American Eagle is in discussion with three airlines, we might very well get three jets to replace one. In fact I know both of the planes that brought Dominicans to vote in the last election will be flying here on a daily basis and tickets will be 75% less than what AA use to charge.

    4. In addition to all of that, Christopher Colubus will be sending two ships as well. Boy we in good shape in DA!

  52. Soon come.
    October 19, 2012

    We will book flights on BWIA to Antigua.

  53. SUNSHINE
    October 19, 2012

    They are trying to raise the airline fare and that’s the way they are trying to do it.that’s the trick they use all the time,they are going to use the same aircraft with a differant name but same company thats all the airlines do when they want to raise the price of the tickets and don’t know how to do it just wait and we will see what will take place.

  54. miss
    October 19, 2012

    so why blame the Prime Minister nuh, the man is not CEO of American Eagle Nuh.
    alas skerro . but is just a few thats silly

  55. jerseydominican
    October 19, 2012

    its going to be real sad i get headache when people say take liat well just have to deal with what we have to get to da

  56. amethyst
    October 19, 2012

    American Eagle is not the only airline with regional jets and ATR..I reside in Tampa Fl and ever too often I see ATR’s belonging to Continental and US Airways fly over.Why don’t Caribbean governments make contact with those airlines to see what can be done because 2013 is round the corner.Jet Blue would be an ideal choice too but have not seen ATR’s in the Jet Blue fleet yet.

  57. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012

    This is sad, we’re in the year 2012 and the best Dominica has to offer is Liat (leave Island Any Time). Currently I would not fly American Eagle if my life depended on it and we’re talking Liat??……Wow!!

  58. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012

    The jets that transported people for the election will replace AA.

  59. DOMINICA
    October 19, 2012

    If the Skertte administration had take out the politics from their eyes and heart and put Dominicans first, we would not be in that situation today.

    The UWP had acquired land for a new runway. Because of our mountainous island the air strip had to be in the opposite direction. All they had to do when they came into power was to continue the work that had started, So even Eagle cannot come but at least other jets could come.

    Is time this present Government stop taking us for granted and look for the Benefits of ALL Dominicans and not just their pockets.

    We should not have that problem today.

    Raffel Gonzavel had state in Benjamin Park @ Portsmouth that we do not need an international airport but he is building his own.

    We are gettng tooooooo much talk and not enough senseble work done in Dominica.

    Too much of wasting money.

  60. Faceup
    October 19, 2012

    Back in the day we flew straight into Antigua, and that will be the way to go, more money for LIAT !!

  61. yes sahh boii!!!
    October 19, 2012

    hmmmm….alas wiii boyyy and them doctile supports will say they doh need to go america ….hahahah dominica have everyting

  62. October 19, 2012

    Good morning my people. Well this is nothing new because American Airlines put out a statement in 2011 which said they will stop offering the service in March of 2013. Mr Piper is the Executive Director of DDA and he cannot tell us which Airline that American Airline is in consultation with to take over the routes. Well I will suggest that we have Caribbean Airlines take over the routes in that way we will have service and we will keep our money in the Caribbean. Also Liat operates out of Puerto Rico so they can adjust their schedule to accommodate American Airlines flights coming from the main land. Anyway am coming to DA on the 26 for creole fest and I hope I will be able to purchase tickets.

  63. 911
    October 19, 2012

    and the cost per ticket is higher .and we pay extra for extra luggage,and they want to charge for hand luggage,and they not responsible for putting you up when they mess up .guess people will just have to stay where they are

  64. Met Yo
    October 19, 2012

    Roosevelt Skerrit, my brother, its real simple. Buy about 18 Red Boats, one per constituency. They will be used to transport those docile supporters of yours to neighboring islands to get unto international flights. That is all

    • No Name No Warrant
      October 19, 2012

      Will Giraudel get one of these boats?

      • Met Yo
        October 20, 2012

        I am happy that you are aware that Giraudel will get one of these boats. Once you are aware, then we good to go. Lazy un-ambitious …lol

    • magwasa
      October 19, 2012

      Dumby..whaty does the PM got to do with that?

      • islandman
        October 19, 2012

        @magwasa..learn to spell….the word is Dummy, not Dumby. I have never met an intelligent, independent Thinker that support Skerro. Only fools like you will support the nonsense Skerro and his Government is doing……

      • Big-Bannan
        October 19, 2012

        Everything. Whom do you think is in charge?

      • monster
        October 19, 2012

        @islandman i agree with u a hundred percent!

      • October 19, 2012

        refuse yo build the air port at woodforthill and proper promotion for the island

    • Smh
      October 19, 2012

      you should definitely think before you speak …..

      • NYC
        October 19, 2012

        @islandman and only a jackass like you would make such a comment. People are free to support whom ever they choose too.

      • hmmm
        October 19, 2012

        @ island man.. you must be the dummy to be posting this on DNO.. did the story say its all because of skerrit that happen? stupes

    • ella
      October 19, 2012

      including you and your family

      • Met Yo
        October 19, 2012

        including me and family??

        My family dont support nonesense my friend. That’s why most of us leave Mr. Estate for me long time and those who there still, we taking care of them and they hardly travelling so allu airport roro is for allu….LOL

        Once i find a way to go for carnival I good.

      • HR
        October 19, 2012

        You all stupes. The PM rules and has power. If he don’t want more tourism, returning DA’s, then he has to do notning, bu if he cares for his country, he better get off his ass and findd some flights here. They are expensive and getting to be not existsent. I can fly to
        Antartica for less and get there faster :-x

    • L.V M
      October 19, 2012

      lol.

    • princess Osanna
      October 19, 2012

      good suggestion.just put those dommies in cans put them in boats.o,maybe chavez will give a plane.

  65. praise
    October 19, 2012

    more in-transits, ebeh mi mizeh!…

  66. Dominican ln USVI
    October 19, 2012

    Good move Mr. Prime Minister. Your idea to invest in LIAT is a brilliant idea. Where r the nay sayers now.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012

      I actually agree with you. I am no fan of Skerrit’s at all! In fact quite the contrary but I suport his decision to invest in LIAT.

      In fact, ALL the islands should be doing that with the objective of making LIAT like a public bus system between the islands. Frequent and cheap.

      My concerns reagrding the $8 million are what is DA getting out of it? What are the overall plans for LIAT? What exzactly is needed from each island to achieve these objectives as opposed to Skerrit just writing a cheque and that’s it.

      He really needs to send out a press release giving all details regarding the $8 million and the current status of LIAT and what is beig discussed for the future of LIAT.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        October 20, 2012

        The brilliant and timely questions that you raised in your post sums up the reasons why he should not have invested 8 million dollars into LIAT. If these questions were not clearly thought out before the decision was made, what makes you think they will be ferreted out after? Just asking.

    • Met Yo
      October 19, 2012

      hear commess…lol

    • Malgraysa
      October 19, 2012

      That money has not been paid yet. Wait till LIAT decide to buy Chinese planes first….

    • ARE U FOR REAL
      October 19, 2012

      How is this a good move, in order for Dominicans to get to Dominica in the comining months, they must overnight in Antigua at their own expense. Even though your ticket was purchase in advance, the changes are made and you don’t really have a choice but to foot the bill. So please explain the good move.

    • NYC
      October 19, 2012

      Why are you guys so stupid? American Airlines is going bankrupt. Oh I forgot its very obvious you have no idea how bankruptcy works.

      • Big-Bannan
        October 19, 2012

        NYC we know, and I hope my Fellow Dominicans understand it is because AA is going bankrupt. The point is DOMINICA is left with zero options solely because of inadequate landing facilities in Dominica.

      • HR
        October 19, 2012

        YES!!!!

    • HR
      October 19, 2012

      LIAT SUCKS

  67. Citizen K
    October 19, 2012

    A.A why worry nuh. all you doh hearing the other islands have international airports so Dominica will be ok. Is like why buy sugar when my neighbor has.

    • princess Osanna
      October 19, 2012

      those ministers tired travel.let them stay in their country and do their work .\Skerrit tired waste the little money the country has

  68. WAITUKUBULI!
    October 19, 2012

    :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: Take what u get!Take what u get!Portsmouth look out!Ross University might pull out too!Their students is gonna have a hard time flying in and out of this backward governed island!Look what Roosevelt Skerrit has brought on us,depending on limited airlines for air tranportation by refusing to give the island proper landing infrastructure so we can have multiple airlines servicing the island.The REVOLUTION is getting more ripe now! :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?:

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2012

      You know something? As much as I dislike Skerrit and want him gone I would never feel glee in bad news. I would never wish for chaos to wreak havoc on Dominica. And it’s your satanic attitude which is partly why Skerrit is as strong as he is because the many independents like myself dislike your attitude even more than we dislike Skerrit.

    • Anti-hate
      October 19, 2012

      I rarely/never comment or read comments on DNO anymore due to pathetic UWP supporters like yourself and Met Yo who are like parasitic diseases on the comment section of DNO.

      It is sickening the apparent pleasure you take in any negative news, and even wishing for more, due to your hatred for Skerrit. Just disgusting.

      I only bothered to comment because you mentioned Ross. A closure of the school would be so catastrophic for so many people. But it is clear that sickos like yourself would gladly welcome it if you think it would be some sort of nail in the coffin for Skerrit. Check yourself you freak.

    • No Name No Warrant
      October 19, 2012

      Talk to Grenada

    • Rachel
      October 19, 2012

      I understand your anger but you are directing it towards the wrong person. What does the PM of DA have to do with American Airlines having financial problems? AA has been making changes for a very long time. One of them is ending all flights leaving NJ going straight to San Juan, PR, something they had been doing for years. Right now they have to make a stop in Miami from NJ before going to PR. This is why a lot of people fly from NY or they overnight in PR. Should we blame the president of the US for this? Think!

    • Raven
      October 19, 2012

      Damn fool…

    • Whats the Matter
      October 19, 2012

      And you call yourself Waitukubuli? What irony!!!

    • Jean Bawi
      October 19, 2012

      Oh Foolish One; who is going to full up the seats of the multiple airlines that would fly to DA if there is an international airport? I guess you already have the white sandy beaches, the Senor Frogs, the drinking games, all lined up for the tourists who are taking their vacation of a life time, and all they want is fun, fun, fun in the sun!!

    • *123#
      October 19, 2012

      Stupid. They’ve been comming for 30 years. On that same strip at melville Hall

    • monster
      October 19, 2012

      @waitukubuli well said.and 4 the other dumb,dumbs……the PM has a lot to do with it,cuz it seems like nothing bothers that idiot!

    • dreamer
      October 19, 2012

      poor comment

  69. bias dcans
    October 19, 2012

    Alas domnick….that liat connection is such a drag

  70. October 19, 2012

    I think, It’s time that Dominica look into getting some sort of Air transport to serve our Island, as we go go forward.

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