LIAT to begin Dominica flights Friday

liat logoLIAT, The Caribbean Airline, announces the resumption of flights to and from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica starting Friday September 18.

LIAT was forced to suspend services to Dominica on August 27 due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which resulted in severe damage to the island and closure of the Douglas-Charles Airport.

Chief Executive Officer David Evans applauded the Government and People of Dominica for their resilience over the last several weeks citing their tireless efforts to get the country back to a state of normalcy following the storm.

“We are extremely happy to be returning to Dominica,” Mr. Evans said, noting that “this would not have been possible without the spirit of community and resilience for which Dominica is well known”.

LIAT will operate one flight to Dominica on Friday September 18; increasing to two daily flights from Saturday September 19.

LI 581 will depart Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport at 07:10 daily, arriving at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 07:50. The return service LI 580 will leave Dominica at 08:30, arriving in Antigua at 09:10.

Effective Saturday, September 19, LI 364 will depart Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados at 14:20 daily, arriving at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 15:20. On Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday the service continues to Guadeloupe and Antigua arriving at 16:25 and 17:20 respectively. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the service continues non-stop to Antigua, departing Dominica at 16:00 and arriving in Antigua at 16:40.

All night flights into and out of Dominica remain suspended until further notice.

Customers travelling from Dominica are advised that they should arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled departure time to give themselves enough time for the increased security and baggage checks at the Douglas-Charles Airport.

While the company anticipates that some customers may wish to move an increased volume of cargo and luggage with the resumption of services, due to the cargo hold capacity limitations of our aircraft, it is necessary that LIAT restricts the amount of baggage carried by its customers. This will help us offer a more consistent and reliable baggage delivery service to customers adhering to the baggage limitations.

Customers are reminded that the free baggage allowance for all LIAT services is one piece at a maximum of 50 lbs (23 kgs.) per adult or child customer. Additional pieces of luggage will attract a charge and will be accepted on a stand-by basis. The maximum overall size per piece will be 62 inches (157 cms).

In addition customers are allowed one piece of cabin baggage at a maximum weight of 15 lbs (7 kgs.) and maximum overall dimensions of 21 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches (53 x 35 x 20 cms). These dimensions include wheels, all pockets and handles.

LIAT Dominica schedule for Friday, September 18

FlightDep. AirportArr. AirportDep. TimeArr. Time
LI 581Antigua (ANU)Dominica (DOM)07:0007:40
LI 580Dominica (DOM)Antigua (ANU)08:1008:50

LIAT Dominica schedule effective September 19

FlightDep. AirportArr. AirportDep. TimeArr. TimeFrequency
LI 581Antigua (ANU)Dominica (DOM)07:0007:40Daily

 

LI 580Dominica (DOM)Antigua (ANU)08:1008:50Daily
LI 364Barbados (BGI)Dominica (DOM)14:2015:20Sunday, Monday,Wednesday,Friday
LI 364Dominica (DOM)Antigua (ANU)16:0016:40Sunday, Monday,Wednesday,Friday
LI 364Dominica (DOM)Guadeloupe (PTP)16:0016:25Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday
LI 364Guadeloupe (PTP)Antigua (ANU)16:5017:20Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday

 

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102 Comments

  1. September 18, 2015

    Know It All,
    I am quite aware of my prose.
    I expressing myself at the Dominica political
    level.
    Meanwhile, I do not know it all, but I know you are a coward
    who hides behind technology and support all the ills in Dominica.
    The word is pronouncement not “proucement”.
    From Dominica to Boston, I had an “A” student all my life and still rocking it.?

  2. My girl
    September 18, 2015

    Liat we are in a emergency situation
    Check your fares. God have mercy what
    You people think. I will have to travel by boat
    Because your fares are just rediculous.

    • Da massive
      September 18, 2015

      Caribbenmfeery was charging $400 one way so for a return trip $800 for 11 hours at sea between and and Dom and back. Liat charges around the same 40 mins flight each way…dunno bout u but I sticking with liat.. Have u gone to the banks and ask them to cut liat loans in half so they can sympathize more with Dominicans? U looking at ur pocket..at the end of the month liat can’t say to the bank I can’t make the payment cuz I ignored business principles to fly Dominicans for next to nothing…if u want to talk about ppl taking advantage is our fellow Dominicans…boat owners were charging 100 and sometimes 150 one way from posrtsmouth to Roseau. Where were u to call on them.. Other persons bought gas by the drums then turn around and sold it at 20 & 25 dollars a gallon.. Learn to fix things locally then u can call on liat

      • My girl
        September 18, 2015

        Have you looked at the fares from the other islands ? It’s not just
        Looking at our pocket, why do we have the highest fares right now
        Can you answer me that?

      • One
        September 18, 2015

        So because locals charging $150. By boat from Roseau to portsmouth. Liat should also take advantage
        Of the situation, apples and oranges my friend.
        Did you invest in the local boats no, millions went into liat so know you talking about.

      • Titiwi
        September 20, 2015

        – The banks are not subsidized by the tax payers like LIAT
        – The banks are not owned by the Govt. – except NBD indirectly – and compete with each other and the credit unions, not like LIAT.
        – If I arrive late in Antigua, or say Barbados,and must book a hotel because I missed my connection I’d rather take an overnight ferry directly to Roseau, even if it is nearly the same money. At least I’m sure my luggage will arrive with me.

        If LIAT is that good why do our leaders exhort us to support “our” airline, while they themselves use charter aircraft for their business, at the tax payers expense?

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      Why not travel by boat if it is comfortable? There was a time D/cans traveled by boat to A/gua, St. Lucia, etc.
      Due to the cost of airfare and allowing only 50 lbs (fares increased and luggage weight decreased), if you are only traveling to A/gua or St. Lucia or Guadeloupe or Martinique, why not travel by boat?
      I imagine the ferry made some good money after T.S. Erika.

  3. Tjebe fort
    September 18, 2015

    You see that. Even LIAT saying they are flying to DOM and that stands for DO(minica) M(elville Hall) and not Douglas Charles.We are shareholders of LIAT and mr. Skerrit himself putting money in there but make such a stupid mistake. Oh well, as some of his supporters say, he is only human.

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      He may not do it again. The airfare increased. Dominicans did not get any concession.
      LIAT has to pay for its new building. Why penalize its passengers? In the end LIAT will be the loser. They will be begging for money soon. Take good note of that.

  4. Say it
    September 18, 2015

    Check the ticket prices at a time like this liat trying to put those high ticket on people getting out of dominica that is just wicked

    • Da massive
      September 18, 2015

      It’s a business my dear..are any of the Dominican businesses selling their goods at half price because of the storm?? It’s best allu just tell liat bring allu in for free…

      • One
        September 18, 2015

        Did you see the price befor the storm. You talking nonsense shop price is the same before and after the storm liat price increase. You got to be kidding condoning this.

      • Da massive
        September 21, 2015

        Omg with Dominicans ,too much complaining…liat have different price range.fares as low us $87 $210 to go to Antigua ..if u plan ur trip early u get cheap fare..if you’re more a pick up and go person u most likely gonna get high fares..the prob now is that liat only has 2 flights to,Dominica . Persons who were book on the other cancelled flights are now accommodate on these two flights effectively absorbing all,the cheaper fares.

  5. DA Girl
    September 17, 2015

    Ok. I’m happy that Liat is flying Dominica again, bu good God, the airfare is outrageous. Liat you mean over US400.00 to DA from Barbados. why? Why? You all playing catch up?
    That fee can tak me to Europe and back. Liat please have mercy on us Dominicans.

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      This is highway robbery. It is only worth US$200. Why the US? Why not EC? This is a reason why some people do not travel and frequently so. They do not even provide meals and probably not a soft drink.

  6. Labour Power
    September 17, 2015

    What is the point of opening the airport if there is nothing coming in and nothing going out? The cancellation of WCMF and CIP means no significant traffic will be coming in, and its not like we are exporting anything so nothing is going out…All of the aid is coming in boat!

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      It still has to remain open for business whether there will be few passengers. Some will be traveling to Dominica from other countries. What about those who will be leaving Dominica and/or returning from Dominica?

  7. Not Me Alone
    September 17, 2015

    Boy all I can do is laugh at comments of spin doctors like @ The Real Facts, @ SMH and others. They are so positive that they don not want us to see and point out the real facts.

    It is a REAL Fact that on Wednesday Sept. 16, at 8:34 am, according to DNO, PM Skerrit said this: “Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that based on advice given by LIAT, the airline will begin commercial flights at the Douglas Charles Airport on Wednesday (today). ” It is a fact! Read it here: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/business/liat-to-begin-commercial-flights-at-douglas-charles-airport/.

    It is a FACT that according to DNO, Liat announced on Wednesday that flights to Dominica would resume today.

    @SMH and @ The Real Fact and other spin doctors, somebody mis spoke or was misleading. I wonder who? Stop blaming DNO for reporting FACTS man!

    You guys are too negative that when the positive takes place you can’t see it. I am positive, are you?

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      So what? Some of you love to scrutinize and criticize the PM’s every word. It is a trait of yours. One would think you are participating in a competition and that you expect a prize. Do not make me laugh. You already did. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      You have your opinion, we have ours. Do not expect everyone to agree with you. We are broadminded.
      Leave the PM alone! You are no perfect person. You love to harass and persecute others. You lack peace
      Those who laugh last will laugh best. They will get the better laugh on you. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  8. Channel 1
    September 17, 2015

    Wait nuh, two flights daily? Is this a temporary measure until things improve at Melville Hall or is this the new ‘regular’ LIAT flight schedules into Dominica from henceforth?

    Before Erica, LIAT averaged about 7-10 flights into Dominica per day and most of the flights were during the daytime with 1 – 3 being night flights based on the time of year.

    • qstorm78
      September 17, 2015

      what do you think? smh

  9. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 17, 2015

    Douglas Charles should have been “Completely Washed Away.” This is the only unfortunate event that will force us to utilize a new location for an airport. I can’t believe that the P.M. wants to pour an additional $40 million dollars into this crappy airport.

    • Titiwi
      September 17, 2015

      Anthony, it is Melville Hall airport. That is the official name used by the international aviation industry and authorities and I am fed up by people asking me who was Douglas Charles.

      • The Real Facts
        September 20, 2015

        So who are they who ask you about the name and assuming it is a name and a surname?
        Ask them if they did not notice the hyphen – the dash (-) and they are two surnames.

  10. Mind-set
    September 17, 2015

    Misinformation is one of the main tool that an uninformed and unwise Gov’t uses to control their populace. Dominicans are a well educated people and well traveled too. So it bugs me to see that they are so gullible to every little thing that comes out of the mouths of these desperate so called leaders we have here today.”Control their minds and we will get them to do and think as we like” is one of the sayings of a former dictator. Are we seeing the same thing happening in Dominica today? “Yes I think so.”
    Can’t we see that this Gov’t has no plans , written or in mind on how to react in case of emergencies, whether it be man made or natural? These guys are playing it as the days comes and goes as they say this is another day we survive.
    Dominicans it is time to put yourselves first and take charge of your future. I did not want to put politics in situations like this , but I am forced to when I see the incompetence of our current leadership. There wasn’t all that games…

    • anonymous2
      September 17, 2015

      There are only 20% “smart” so the other 80% are gullible. That is why things are the way they are.

  11. Massacre
    September 17, 2015

    I hope the Gov’t is going to have an after action debriefing session with local communities to see what they did wrong and how they can do better in the future.
    It will not be correct if we continue with business as usual when all is said and reconstructed. We have to have a sort of investigation, as to why, the shelters were not properly identified and stocked, why isn’t there emergency funds and relief items in Gov’t coffers, and the unprepared response time that we are seeing from Gov’t officials!! We have to investigate these things , for what they did not know about disasters and responses. I heard the very people who are being paid all for these years for emergency preparedness relief , themselves saying they don’t know what to do! So this is much bigger than anything we have seen in our lifetime. Also we have to go back and ask the Gov’t , if they knew then what they know now , if they would have declared a state of emergency. This time it is about our survival. Da…

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      What did the government do wrong? What shelters does D/ca have? Since when does D/ca have shelters? You are watching too much international TV and Internet.
      Heavy rains pounded Dominica, caused rivers to overflow and landslides. You noticed what occurred to schools and residents’ houses. Some of them were fortunate that they survived.
      Where could D/.cans shelter from such a type of weather?
      You are fortunate that Massacre did not get the worst of it including you. If it had affected you and in a worst manner, you would not have a computer to write this nonsense.
      In the past the government declared a state of emergency. Many of you criticized the PM about it. Some of you are never pleased.
      You do not have a good memory? Go to DNO archives and you will find the articles.
      You know what? In time, people pay for their words and inconsideration, putting it mildly.
      God is not blind, deaf nor sleeping. “Some” people get just what they deserve.

  12. qstorm78
    September 17, 2015

    some of you acting like LIAT was always on time and good with scheduling.

  13. Disgusted
    September 17, 2015

    it is so interesting how Dominican would address a situation without looking for reasons behind an action. Take not that I am not politically biassed however, looking at things from different eyes, I can clearly say that no human being is perfect. Were we under any watch for the Tropical Storm Erika? No!! we were not, yet we got hit and horribly too. Was that an error of the Prime Minister too?
    Knowing how badly DOMINICANS like to blast and criticize everything a person does and says, do you honestly think the Minister would take on his own to announce the commencement of LIAT flights to the island? I made a call to the office yesterday morning and I was told that my flight information will not be changed. I proceeded to the airport. While there, I was told by a few other people I met before me that the flights are not coming anymore. I called a LIAT rep who I am very familiar with and he explained to me that for reasons he is unable to announce, no flights will coming again.

    • Disgusted
      September 17, 2015

      He further informed me that LIAT would have to announce a new date for resuming service. Please Dominicans, lets be a little more sensitive to the situation we are currently facing. Help each other to rise. With the disruptive political biased mindset, we will NEVER see the need to work together. Division will cause us to remain backwards. For the people blasting political leaders, please be reminded that the people have the power to change things since it is by votes that a person leads, unfortunately, OUR EYES ARE CLOSED to positive future visions. For obvious reasons, you all will see them as the most powerful because you are all so stupidly divided. smh….. Please, work as one and see how much power the people have over the political leaders.

      • The Real Facts
        September 20, 2015

        No one knows how effective an elected leader will be until that leader is in office. There are some, because they support another Party, they do not see the good the Party in power doing. This is the attitude of some D/cans. They are bias.
        If I did not support and vote for an elected Party but I see some good the leader of the Party has done, I will be pleased. I will not lambaste that Party because I do not support its leader. On the contrary, the next election I would vote for that Party – the leader.
        There are some D/cans who have much to learn and to become broadminded. They need to smarten up and increase their narrow minds.

    • Da massive
      September 17, 2015

      liat flights were never scheduled to come yesterday so i dont know what u talking bout they tell u no flights coming anymore.

  14. Tjebe fort
    September 17, 2015

    PS. Does Roosevelt Skerrit use LIAT service himself when he travels in and out of the country anyway??

    • anonymous2
      September 17, 2015

      Of course not. Do you really even have to ask that question. He hires a private plane or helicopter. So much for the minions.

    • Skerrit
      September 18, 2015

      My dear, That does not concern you

  15. Stirling Moss
    September 17, 2015

    Why are LIAT charging US$220 from Antigua to Dominica and who
    set this price at a time like this?
    This is taking advantage of those who have no other way to travel
    back home and borders on disgusting and immoral behaviour.

    • Da massive
      September 17, 2015

      do u go to astaphan and whitchurh and ask them to drop their prices?

    • Titiwi
      September 18, 2015

      Stirling, only one word:”Ripoff”.

  16. Thank YOU Jesus, Thank you PM and your Government, Thank you LIAT.

    Dear God we are eternally grateful for having spared Dominica and her People from a much greater disaster, as we will forever mourn those who died as a result of TS Erika and feel for those who have lost personal property and those who have been displaced.

    Dear God Save you people as Genesis 18:26 comes to mind.

    Abraham Begs for Sodom

    …25″Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” 26 So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.” 27And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.…

    Dear God most Dominicans are righteous people so please spare us.

  17. None ya
    September 16, 2015

    Have anyone of you ever considered the fact that there was excess rain monday evening into tuesday and possibility that things which needed to be in place as was initially planned fell thru? Why does everything have to be political? PM is not God. Most likely he was informed. Circumstances happened that it did not occur as planned so be it. Ever think probably DNO got the news late as well????
    hmmmm when you don’t know, you must learn to find out. things. learn aviation terms etc and you may understand.

    • Da massive
      September 17, 2015

      he was never explicitly told liat would commence service on wednesday..

    • Me
      September 18, 2015

      Everything is political because Skerrit makes it so.

    • September 18, 2015

      Ok! You know of everything about aviation?
      However, your ‘PM’ cannot be trusted.
      Out of his mouth and heart proceedeth lies and evil.
      No relief for Bath Estate, Salisbury-only for Petite Savanne and Delice??

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      They need to utilize their common sense if they have any. By their words, I wonder if these have any?

  18. OLI
    September 16, 2015

    When will people act like mature grownup people, and stop turning everything into politicizing everything. What does LIAT announcing their flight service into and out of Dominica have to do with politics? Seems the only line of conversation some people have is politics and nothing else. Politics for breakfast, politics for lunch , and for dinner…..politics again. Grow-up people!

  19. Hello...
    September 16, 2015

    I did hear the PM say when he broke the news that info coming from LIAT is that they would resume flights on Wednesday.. BUT THINGS COULD CHANGE… yOU NEVER KNOW…
    Who did not hear that last part go clean your ears…

    • Titiwi
      September 20, 2015

      Interesting….the last time I hear that things could change was at the election. Mr. Skerrit had better pay attention. things could change indeed.

    • The Real Facts
      September 20, 2015

      They need bigger ears. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  20. truth
    September 16, 2015

    you guys are happy to return, at least there could be a discount for Dominica $400 US to Barbados round trip

  21. island girl
    September 16, 2015

    I am reading these comments it relates to Politics
    and as a Dominican,,,Did we not get the message from
    what happened to Dominica I realize that while other countries
    are describing Dominicans as strong and resilient people
    we are taking ourselves down ,,,Can we just stop for a minute
    and STOP and work together….It is too soon too soon

    • Affa
      September 17, 2015

      Island Girl,.. don’t pay that no mind, remember this in interactive news/blogging and every dog and cat can just type anything. Some are just kids writing anything like …duh duh duh, others have bone to pick with either opposition or gov’t and use DNO to vent. It’s ugly, stinks, but it is what it is, don’t take it at face value, we know it has not value and we can pick out the sensible ones.

  22. jane messaml
    September 16, 2015

    Leave the PM alone – some of you people are too quick to have negative things to say. There is a major crisis going on in DA right now and also don’t forget the PM is only human like yourselves and we all make mistakes. Check this out – today I heard on the BBC news that Robert Mugabe, South African PM read the wrong speech in his address to his people. So that is my point – we all make mistakes – so back off and let the PM get on with the great job he is doing in building DA.

    • Dorival John
      September 16, 2015

      Hahahaha…..Robert Mugabe is the President of Zimbabwe ….lol lol…. no wonder you here typing foolishness.

      Mugabe read the wrong speech because he has been in power for way to long (stealing elections with bribes, sounds familiar?) and no one around him dared tell him he was reading the wrong speech. Why? Because many believe that Mugabe is God and the only one to run Zimbabwe.

      • Affa
        September 17, 2015

        Aha, you all just want your chance to steal Dominica’s money eh? Sorry Dorival, you’ll have to wait. Take a number.

    • ATKINSON
      September 16, 2015

      Well jane anytime someone says or make a comment about skerrit and that upside down DLP government, its taken as negative criticism. So just keeeping it real :mrgreen: , about a months ago the government stated, they have spended 539.5 million dollars on the roads, seawalls, airport, from 2009 to 2015. We got 81 miles of road, plus a few hundred feet of runway at the airport. A few year ago skerrit gave liat $800,000. dollars. and now we have over $900,000. in debt. So what do we have to show in return. So while our people are experiencing difficulty traveling,. the P.M. family left the island a few days ago without any problems or delays. I guess the our hospitals was not good enough. But the DLP government will tell the people, to use the substandard services they provide, and keep your mouth shut

      • Erika
        September 17, 2015

        Not spended, spent.

      • The Real Facts
        September 20, 2015

        He is the PM. What do you expect?
        I reside in a country and the PM and his entourage, as security, travel first class at taxpayers’ expense. Do I get angry? Am I concerned? No way!
        I understand the PM is going about doing business for this country. No need for those nationals of this country to get upset and criticize him. Even though it is when he takes vacation with his family. He is entitled to it. It comes with the job.
        Those Dominicans as you need to learn to do just that. They need to expand their minds. They may have too much time on their hands and itchy hands and fingers which is why they keep writing such unbecoming comments and as you did. Stop criticizing and questioning everything that the PM does. It is not necessary. You are wasting your God-given precious allotted time.
        Keep note of who is helping D/ca andenhancing it. I wonder how many.

    • Ma Moses
      September 17, 2015

      You are comparing Roosevelt Skerrit with Robert Mugabe???? …..that is a good one!

      • ATKINSON
        September 17, 2015

        Well ‘Ma” Comrade Rob, did not invest 3 million of our tax dollars into liat, and it a time of need, we get this poor customer service. And Comrade Rob family is not in america, he and his wife is on the sanction list, and does not have an AMERICAN PASSPORT. When tough time comes. some of us, send our family to America.

    • Titiwi
      September 20, 2015

      Jane, you are quite right. The PM. is only human….and therefore fallible.

  23. tess
    September 16, 2015

    i would strongly recommend folks to leave Dominica once they are able..

    as this thing they called Leadership in Dominica is like a waste water pipe line..

    why all this foolishness with basic information…my 75 year old aunt went to the airport trying to get out..
    that’s disgusting….only in backward Dominica…

    • island girl
      September 16, 2015

      whats the point I will not take your bate Dominica needs us at this time
      sad statement

      • Me
        September 17, 2015

        If you learned to spell correctly for a start that would help. It is “bait” and not “bate”.

      • September 17, 2015

        Marina McKenzie the correct terminology is ‘deliver’ her child not ‘make her child. That’s the beauty of technology we can all have or say, regardless how nonsensical or pronucements is.

    • Still
      September 16, 2015

      Why would your 75 year old aunt go the airport and not have a flight? Did she have a ticket for a flight? If she did then the pm was right about liat resuming flights. Now if that’s the case l liat is at fault not the government. Now I think next time you should recommend to your aunt that she checks her reservation before she leaves home.

    • DA MAN
      September 17, 2015

      I HAVE ONE WORD FOR YOU… TRUMP :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • qstorm78
      September 17, 2015

      You left already it sounds like, please stay away, we can do without people like you.

  24. Jim Jones
    September 16, 2015

    I hope when Skerrit made the announcement early this morning some people were not foolish enough to rush to the airport to catch LIAT.

    The way the country going there, somehow I feel we might have a Jim Jones type of crisis in Dominica anytime. Jim Jones experience in 1931 was religious but the next one might be politics. By the way politics and preachers are close friends this days. Mark my words!

    • qstorm78
      September 17, 2015

      Why are you calling for the downfall of your own country? Its down right now and you’re kicking it. Wise up man.

      • Me
        September 17, 2015

        Was it Roosevelt Skerrit or Tess, who put out the wrong information? I rest my case.

      • Jim Jones
        September 17, 2015

        Ah at qstorm78, where did I call for the downfall of my lovely country that I love so dearly? Hate the truth that I spoke but don’t lie about what I did not say.
        FYI, prior to the Jim Jones experience, there were warnings and danger signs that loyalists ignored, and as a result they perished. I see a lot of danger and warning signs in Dominica today that loyalists keep ignoring to the point that when a danger sign is posted, they interpret it to say that we calling for the downfall of Dominica. Wise up Sir Madam

    • Titiwi
      September 17, 2015

      Hey, Jim Jones! Next time you read Wikipedia read it properly. That Jim Jones was born in 1931 and the Guyana massacre took place in 1978, when that messiah was 47 yrs. of age. We are getting there, but not yet.!

      • jim jones
        September 17, 2015

        @Titiwi, thanks for the observation. I never realized I put 1931 as the date of the massacre. How could I forget 1978, when it was the year Dominica became a nation?

  25. Whistler
    September 16, 2015

    So can someone please tell Dominica’s Leader to relax… passengers went to the airport looking for flights out today Wednesday….

    it’s laughable to say the least…why so much confusion from a juvenile hasn’t he learnt anything since been at the helm..

    so one must confirm the chaos of leadership that Dominica is in…the PM never had it and never will…

    He isn’t focus and looking for his personal ego only..let the rest of his Ministers do their work, that’s why they are paid for……

    that’s why Dominica is known around the Globe as the “Fools Paradise”

    • qstorm78
      September 17, 2015

      That says a lot about you as a Dominican doesn’t it?

  26. Passing cloud
    September 16, 2015

    Boy I had a good laugh today. After Skerrit made his announcement today, my good friend from DA, a poto, poto, poto skerrit, who got stock in DA after Erica, had the guts to call me in the USA to ask me to come pick him up at the FLL airport at 8:30 tonight. I asked my friend how he leaving Dominica and the poor thing telling me LIAT resuming service in DA today according to the Prime Minister. I said boy is Skerrit the CEO of LIAT. He said the PM would not make such announcement if he was not sure. I said bro, you need to put politics aside and face reality. The man still telling me the PM would not announce something he is not sure of. Well maybe all now the man might still be at the airport waiting because he called me about 9:00

    • OLI
      September 16, 2015

      I thought the person who asked you to pick him up was supposed to be your “good friend from DA.” What a friend you are!!!
      ((that is if what you say there is not a makeup story))

    • qstorm78
      September 17, 2015

      You looking for some kinda recognition? Unless you’re aware of the devastation that happened and have some sense as to the chaos that happens in these situations you’re just blowing pointless steam out your end. Even in developed countries there’s this much chaos in crisis why should we be any different? Its better to be confusing than doing things ill-prepared. I don’t care much for politics but anyone of you blabber mouths out there would not do any better. So stop shooting yourselves in the damn foot by crying down your own country while its down. You’re and will always be a Dominican whether or not she’s prospering or suffering. Grow up people!!

      • September 17, 2015

        Why don’t u go tell ur beloved PM to declare a STAT OF EMERGENCY so the big boys can come help rebuilb the country >what is he scared of?

      • September 17, 2015

        @give it to them, if you have time could you explain your comment?

  27. god fearing woman
    September 16, 2015

    you all don’t include God in any of your plans, well he includes you, and if he decides there will be no flights on Friday, then there will be no flights….

    You should say God Willing

    God Willing!

    • Ma Moses
      September 17, 2015

      Well God fearing woman, tell us, did God have Erika in his plans for us? And if so, why?? No wonder you fear God.

  28. Passing cloud
    September 16, 2015

    DNO, I find this news item should make mention of the announcement made by the PM earlier today. Here is what it said: “Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that based on advice given by LIAT, the airline will begin commercial flights at the Douglas Charles Airport on Wednesday (today).”

    I find we try to shield the Minister of everything too much. The man must understand that he does not own Liat and he should not run to make announcements. He is just too busy looking for noticing> He is too busy to be seen as the one to break the news. So far, during the storm most of his rushed announcements have been very wrong and misleading. That’s very wrong for a nations leader!
    I will wait to hear The Real Facts make excuses like, ” I would not delve into this so much. Those poor guys are extremely busy and trying to organize matters,” as he stated in previous statements.

    • SMH
      September 16, 2015

      Honestly don’t like to comment but it’s people like you that maybe were not affected. No matter how much you don’ what the man for PM you should not be here bashing the every word of the man who is trying to help all people from all walks of life from this nation. It is impossible for you to have been one of those who lost relatives, a house, a car, a business, land or even being affected by the lack of water or proper access to your home or relatives. You certainly did not have relatives stuck overseas or even here trying to get out for medical attention.

      If you don’t have anything positive to say. Please keep quiet.

      DNO, I am disappointed that in this time you are not more sensitive to the needs of our people by blocking some of these insensitive comments!

      • Tjebe fort
        September 17, 2015

        Bull, he is trying to play God, that is all. Trying to make himself a hero out of this disaster. Howe many ministers in government and is only Skerrit , Skerrit, and Skerrit again we hear and see . That is so annoying and pathetic man.

    • The Real Facts
      September 16, 2015

      When will you get it into your head that he is the PM? LIAT provided him with the information. He felt it his duty as PM to inform Dominicans. He must have been elated that D/ca’s airport is back in business and so is LIAT. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and He did nothing wrong.
      Your problem and that of some others is, you must learn respect for the PM Keep in mind that God is watching and listening to everything we say and do for our judgment. He is patient. Reason is, on that inevitable day, everyone will receive exactly what they deserve. Therefore, change your heart and mind. Whatever is in them is in your soul. Learn to be kind in words and action.
      I, personally would accept this news coming from him, without criticism, thinking that D/can travelers will be happy about that.

      • Da massive
        September 17, 2015

        That’s the thing liat did not tell him the were starting operations on Wednesday .they would first need to inform their managers withing their network also their scheduling team and reservations who will be resposible for loading the flights in the system so you could book online ot through them..any of you notice that going online dominica wasnt even an option on the liat website even after the pm said they were gonna operate? i just laughed cuz i have friends that a pilots and not even they were informed but pm there running his mouth..
        liat is a professional organisation and as such do things in a transparent way. a press release was issued on all social and local media so everyone know when operations will start..
        p.s. i thougt Collin Pinard was the aviation minister. the one man show continues..

      • ATKINSON
        September 17, 2015

        He is the P.M, that invested 3 million dollars of the people, tax payers dollars into liat in 2012. I hope your memory is not too short. that mean dominica had or suppose to have a voice in liat operations. So why was the P.M family not patient to wait for the first liat fight to pick up passenger, to get on.to leave, It would be a good photo, to see the P.M waving goodbye to them, What was the rush.

      • Not Me Alone
        September 17, 2015

        Boy all I can do is laugh at comments of spin doctors like @ The Real Facts, @ SMH and others. They are so positive that they don not want us to see and point out the real facts.

        It is a REAL Fact that on Wednesday Sept. 16, at 8:34 am, according to DNO, PM Skerrit said this: “Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that based on advice given by LIAT, the airline will begin commercial flights at the Douglas Charles Airport on Wednesday (today). ” It is a fact! Read it here: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/business/liat-to-begin-commercial-flights-at-douglas-charles-airport/.

        It is a FACT that according to DNO, Liat announced on Wednesday that flights to Dominica would resume today.

        @SMH and @ The Real Fact and other spin doctors, somebody mis spoke or was misleading. I wonder who? Stop blaming DNO for reporting FACTS man!

        You guys are too negative that when the positive takes place you can’t see it. I am positive, are you?

    • The Real Facts
      September 16, 2015

      I do not think as you and am not bias as you. I am also not a negative person. I do not scrutinize everything so as to make negative comments as you. Leave me out of your melee, mess and criticisms.
      It appears that some of you have nothing better to do than to consistently criticize. It is something you excel in. If prizes were given for it, some of you would be the winners.
      If you would put on your thinking cap and give the PM’s communication a good thought, you would appreciate it.
      As someone stated, “Negativity and discouragement do not come from God.” Make a note of it.
      People as you, your attitude are the cause of division and disunity. Then you blame someone else.
      Be thankful that you were spared TS Erika. I would think there would be very little negativity and criticisms after this devastating storm and other smaller ones. People as you have not changed and learned. One day you will. Hope it will not be too late for you.

  29. Malatete
    September 16, 2015

    Sorry but the Prime Minister does not know everything. Earlier today we got a communique from him that LIAT service would resume today but the news from the airline direct is that this will not happen till friday. I really would advise our P.M. to leave things like these to the experts. He should have more confidence in himself and the people that report to him to know what they are doing and in this case, leave it to the aviation experts. If you think I am somewhat irked, you are right, I am!
    Having said that I note that LIAT have used the unfortunate Erika disaster to cut back their scheduled service to/from Dominica to only three flights LI 364, 580 & 581. I can not blame them if this makes economic sense to them but it does not help accessibility. I would urge the govt. to allow continuation of operations from Canefield with other carriers to provide a much needed alternative.

    • Da massive
      September 16, 2015

      I think u to shud leave what u don’t know about for the experts..are u aware that the night landing and navigation equipments have been damaged? At present only visual flight rules apply.. Breaking it down for u ,the pilot must have direct view of the airport to attempt landing. With that said are u expecting liat to change the time for all its evening flight just to get to dominica before sunset? Just isn’t possible so be greatful cuz 3 is better than none…

      • Malatete
        September 17, 2015

        Believe me, I am very familiar with VFR (visual flight) regulations. You are right, runbways09/027 are presently not lighted. However, LIAT had already adjusted its flight schedules before Erica to ensure arrival times at DOM* under VFR, mainly because of wind speed restrictions on approaches from the sea.
        There is presently also a treshold restriction: “runway 09 D/treshold 338 m. due to broken pavement of 15 metres. The broken area will be marked in white. Caution advised” This as per latest NOTAM (advice to pilots) of yesterday 16 Sept. at 15.35 hrs.
        * Please note, the airport is still officially designated Melville Hall airport (DOM).

    • The Real Facts
      September 16, 2015

      If you think, you would realize that he did not take it upon himself to do so. He must have received the information from LIAT. Then LIAT changed its mind or the D/can airport is not yet ready for business. Should you not have considered that? Why blame him? Your critique is, much ado about nothing.

      • Da massive
        September 17, 2015

        Are u ppl for real..don’t u think if they had told that to the pm,they wud not have put a press release out? The pm likes to jump the gun. Liat is not dominica so he dosnt get to dictate…all he did was make himself look uninformed..trying to score political points.

    • A. George
      September 17, 2015

      um he said that he was advised by LIAT and that information is subject to change.

  30. Cyrique
    September 16, 2015

    Fabulous news! Well done PM!! You’ve not wasted any time in getting Dominica back in business. A true man of action.

    • September 16, 2015

      He made sure his family are out of Dominica-
      In the U.S. Not Venezuela.
      Come and make her child on American tax payers?

      • September 18, 2015

        Know It All,
        You are quite aware that I know grammar-my prose was in
        Dominica political language.
        You should use technology to spell check before you post.
        The word was pronouncement.
        I have been an ‘A’ student all my life-from
        Dominica to Boston✌?

    • September 16, 2015

      Have some sense.
      He controls you,Dominica and LIAT -lol?

    • Titiwi
      September 17, 2015

      Cyrique, you blindly accept anything the P.M. says without checking for yourself. Democracy is obviously wasted on you. Maybe you should change your moniker to “Lemming”.

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