With air access labeled as one of the greatest challenges to the tourism industry, an international airport may be an alternative which may derive better benefits for all stakeholders.
This is the opinion of Public Relations Officer of the Combined Taxi Association Jenner Guiste who has opined that direct flights into Dominica from the larger continents could boost the economy.
“I am a person who really don’t like to make assumptions, but in my opinion if you have a direct flight coming from Toronto landing into Dominica, that to me would be better,” he said to Dominica News Online in an interview.
“Though we cannot force airlines to land in Dominica, I think if you had direct flights from the larger countries landing in your country, it’s not only going to make taxi drivers better but generally the country, the farmers and all the players. They would need that direct movement to be a little better,” he stated.
He added that a recent strike by LIAT pilots would not have affected Dominicans so severely if the international airport had been in existence.