New regional aircraft to make introductory flight to Dominica on Monday

Canefield Airport. * Photo credit: aboutdominica.com

Dominica’s air travel options will be increased as of Monday, Dec. 13 when a new regional carrier launches its schedule of flights to and from the island.

St. Lucian carrier, CARICOM Airways, will be introduced at the Canefield Airport on Monday morning during a ceremony.

Ministers of government including Trade Minister Colin McIntyre and St. Lucia’s Minister for Tourism Allan Chastanet and its public works minister, along with several local public and private stakeholders, will be in attendance.

Dominica News Online will provide more information on Monday.

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39 Comments

  1. u ppl eh
    December 13, 2010

    u ppl dont really even know wat u speak bout let us stick to our Liat , as soon as we see we use , we fall for all the tricks, i am soo much sure of where ill be travelling . this may even be one of the tricks , ha ha it is better to save now a days but we also have to look for our safety not the cheapest things that may appear too look good . also liat was there b4 make new frens but keep the old ,, think about these words then u may comment

  2. kalinago to the bone
    December 12, 2010

    we need some more airline so liat could cut down theire prices. they are too expensive especially to go to dominica.

  3. Cerberus
    December 12, 2010

    Caricom Airway is registered and licenced in Suriname where its head office is (Paramaribo). This is not about refusing the airline to operate in/out of St. Vincent on safety grounds but to protect the interests of LIAT, in which the St, Vincent Govt. is a stake holder. About time we champion the interests of the general , travelling public rather than try to establish & maintain monopolies for the benefit for a few.

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2010

      well said!

    • girly smile
      December 13, 2010

      where was caricom airways after hurricane thomas? why didn’t they offered to ferry ppl between airports as liat did.. fact liat designated a whole plane to st lucia to fery cargo and passengers between north and south..creole festival gets worst every year and more expensive and you ppl go.
      what happen all you think operating an airline is like running a bus? caricom airways will never be able to compete with liat and the sooner you ppl get that to your head the less headache you guys are gonna have.

      liat is the regions number one airline take it or leave it..

  4. D.A MAN IN ATLANTA
    December 11, 2010

    BY THE WAY WHATS GOING ON WITH THE NIGHT LANDING?

    • Cerberus
      December 13, 2010

      What night landing? Truth is we don’t even have enough passengers during the day!

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2010

      Very busy Bro. The airport is now too small to accommodate all the traffic. These are just some of the airlines which are now landing after dark; AA, Eagle, British Airways, jet Blue, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, Continental, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic. Soon, Air China and Venezuela Airways! Good investments Bro. You can now enter DA anytime. No more connecting flights in Antigua or Barbados.

    • Update
      December 13, 2010

      WINAIR will make their first night landing tonight at 7 I think. Anyway its this week

  5. D.A MAN IN ATLANTA
    December 11, 2010

    ALL WHAT AM WAITING TO HEAR NIGHTLANDING IS OFFICIALLY READY , I PLAN TO COME HOME FOR CARNIVAL, THE ONLY THING CAN MAKE ME EXCITED.

  6. sa sa yai?
    December 11, 2010

    Straight and safe flights would be nice….from one point to the next. over night flights sucks….especially if mama prepared some nice toutou yampe and hot sauce lamowie, you there baviaing like crazy.. but you have to overnight in some hotel somewhere….let the people have their ceremonies,..maybe some day that big jet will take us to our international airport…promised from way back when mama was in power…that would be sweet.

    WOW……..business class for me..

  7. Miami
    December 11, 2010

    THE CANEFIELD AIRPORT NEEDS A FACELIFT!!!!!!!!!
    ESPECIALLY THE SURROUNDING AREA.

    TOO MUCH GRASS IN THE PLACE.

    • Retards
      December 12, 2010

      I think you should open your eyes before you open your mouth!!

      • girly smile
        December 13, 2010

        i agree :-D

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2010

      It good so. That’s the real nature isle!!!

  8. B767
    December 11, 2010

    Wonder when B767 and them nice airbus would be able to land DA?

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2010

      Next never. We have too many mountains.

  9. observer
    December 11, 2010

    who pays for this ceremony?. Is it St. Lucia, or our own little treasury?.

  10. only
    December 11, 2010

    Good. Having a small airline out of the Canefield Airport would be a lot more convenient for most of us. The govt. needs to encourage rather than discourage this sort of thing.
    There will never be night landing at Melville Hall due to the weather, clouds and mountain situations.
    The airlines aren’t going to take that risk after nightfall.
    So, what islands is it going to serve. We need a direct flight to P.R. bypassing Antigua.
    I hope that St. Lucia isn’t the only place that it is going to fly to. I refuse to go out of Hewanora airport again. Those TSA agents are the pits.

    • Tdd
      December 11, 2010

      Are you crazy? You need to pass Antigua first in that Mosquito to get t Perto Rico.

  11. URBAN MAROON
    December 11, 2010

    ANOTHER FLY BY NIGHT SPONTANEOUS AIRLINE. NO PROMOTION,NO PREVIOUS INFO.
    WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE THINK AN AIRLINE IS A BUS? JUST HOP AND GO…THE PRIME MINISTER OF ST.VINCENT RAISED SOME PERTINENT QUESTIONS INVOLVING SAFETY.

    WE MUST REALLY BE “DUMBY IN CANS”.WE JUST TAKE ANY OLE’ THING ANY OLE’ WAY
    AND SHOUT…HOORAY!!!!

    • The real 100% Dominican and Proud
      December 13, 2010

      While I support any initiative of the gov’t to bring added airlift to Dominica, I remain cautious given the genuine concerns expressed by the PM of St Vincent. I know Dominicans are in search of cheaper travel and other alternatives, but it is important that we do the necessary due diligence to ensure the safety of our citizens. Why did this one plane airline choose to get its license from Suriname rather than go the traditional route? It leaves me to wonder. I will stick with LIAT with its excellent safety record.

  12. Blah Blah Blah
    December 11, 2010

    CARICOM WHAT? DID I HEAR CARICOM AIRWAYS LANDING AT CANEFIELD AIRSTRIP. ISN”T CANEFIELD GOING TO BE DECOMMISSIONED AS A COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRPORT. WELL GOOD NEWS IF IT’S NOT.

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2010

      NO SIR! YOU ARE WRONG! IT WILL SOON BE GIVEN A 3000 fT runway going into the SEA. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING TAKES PLACE IN ROSEAU.

  13. girly smile
    December 10, 2010

    tipical domimicans like to shout hooray for anything they hear. i hope this airline dosn’t turn out to be another cardinal airline.

    KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has said that a St. Lucia-registered airline has not been granted permission to land in St. Vincent and the Grenadines because it is “in breach of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority operating procedure” and as such “the airline is operating illegally” Gonsalves said there were still many concerns his administration had about the new airline including “the inadequacy of the insurance coverage, that is to say, the passenger liability and the single pilot operator for the islander aircraft, which requires a double crew.
    “This is the requirement as practised by SVG AIR with a similar operation. These issues are still to be addressed,” Gonsalves said, adding “failing to address these outstanding issues means that CARICOM Airways is in breach of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Authority operating procedure, hence the airline is operating illegally.
    Gonsalves quoted a November 24 letter from Donald McNeil, acting Director General ECCA, to Titus Preville, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in St. Lucia.

    “The office (ECCA) has not yet issued an air operation certificate to CARICOM Airways to operate commercial flight. Under the circumstances, kindly advise under what authority this carrier is permitted to operate commercially,” Gonsalves said quoting the letter.

    “This government does not function off the seat of its trousers,” Gonsalves said, adding “I have to be concerned and the authorities have to be concerned and we have to give careful consideration to a range of safety matters anytime we give an airline permission to operate from St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
    “Nothing like that has been done. We cannot permit an aircraft to be in the air unless all these matters are in place. Because when you are in the air, simply, and I will state the obvious, you can’t jump out just in case something is happening, you are in the air. Period! And Newtonian laws of gravity apply and if you jump, you will fall; you will not fly.”

    hope our government officials take note. chastenet sole mission is to put liat out of business and he will do what ever it takes to succeed including putting the lives of people at risk…

    • Lady Boss
      December 11, 2010

      And the St. Vincent Government has shares in LIAT and when the rest of us losing access and visitors because LIAT overcharging and doing more crap than good, they still getting flights.

      If all the checks were done by Caricom Airlines and they have the legal requirements to operate more power to them we need the access.

      We not going to get invovled in Vincentian and Lucian politics, we need to focus on developing and improving Dominica.

    • Caddy
      December 11, 2010

      Well, you want to be copying and pasting words unto that. Don’t you realize they might have a beef? LOL! That’s why they’re doing that? Then again, there will always someone negative. What St. Vincent and the Grenadines do, doesn’t mean that we have to do it as well.

      • girl power
        December 13, 2010

        hmm well u does not se ppl do things u do too! lady or man u just born mn , @caddy

  14. Hon Chief Justice
    December 10, 2010

    This has come just in time as I plan t o take a trip to St Lucia and then head to Dominica,

    What is the site to go on and what are the fares

  15. kkb
    December 10, 2010

    WHERE THE JOBS AT??? WHY DONT THESE COMPANIES PUBLISH THEIR VACANCY WHERE PEOPLE COULD APPLY FOR JOBS…….

  16. Godson
    December 10, 2010

    yes thats very good for we the People of DA down with LIAT …

    • girly smile
      December 12, 2010

      how many times in the past have you said that?? let met remind you. CARIB EXPRESS, E C EXPRESS, CARIBBEAN STAR. CARIBBEAN SUN, BWIA EXPRESS, AIR BVI HELEN AIR ANOTHER ST LUCIAN AIRLINE AND WINAIR who haven’t made up their minds quite yet given that they come and go like the rain have all tried competting with liat and in the end liat wins out. fact of the matter is quality surpasses quantity. the very same issues ppl complain about liat they find out that it exsist with those airlines as well. so its not a liat thing its an airline thing. trust me i rather have my bag missing any day and get to my destination safely.i guess u guys don’t know the cost incurred to operate an airline. stanford with his billions found that out first hand when he had to close down. ppl it cost liat in excess of $2,000.00 an hour to operate each aircraft. liat has 18 aircrafts so for one hour the operating cost is $36,000.00 .lets suppose each aircrat is in operations for 6 hours $216,000.00 now mutiply that by 31 days in the month $6,696,000.00 a month. now add staff payment for liat 700 plus employess and tell me why you ppl complaining about paying a few dollars more on your tkts. fact liat only gets around 60 % of the ticket cost. the other 40 % goes to the government in the form of taxes so if you really want to grind your axe protest that these governments reduce the taxes or remove them all together which i’m sure they wont do, then you’ll have cheaper fares thats a gurantee.

      • girly smile
        December 12, 2010

        i forgot to mention cardinal airlines as well as air caribes

        • Cerberus
          December 13, 2010

          …or that one day wonder “Sisseroud Airways” ( same people as the defunct Cardinal!).

  17. True Patriot
    December 10, 2010

    8-O :-D Thats great….

  18. solon
    December 10, 2010

    That is an interesting story that needs following up read https://kentonxtchance.wordpress.com/tag/caricom-airways/

  19. A George
    December 10, 2010

    THis is good news. ANother option for air travel. Yeah!

    But, do we need to have ceremonies for every thing that happens in D/ca? We’d be better off spending the time/money on making the public sector more productive. Like spend some more time doing something productive ON THE JOB!

    Goodness… it’s either a ceremony, a party or some sporting event!

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2010

      another sewo

      • dc
        December 11, 2010

        thats good for da

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