Winair to add new Dominica route

A Winair aircraft
A Winair aircraft

Windward Island Airways International (Winair) is to add a new Dominica route as the airline embarks on an expansion of its fleet and destinations.

On February 15, 2014 Winair will add a service to Puerto Rico via Anguilla, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.

“We are optimistic to announce our expansion program with additional aircraft and destinations,” President and CEO of Winair, Michael Cleaver, said. “We are expanding our wings to new and exciting destinations, giving the people of St. Maarten and the Northern Caribbean more destinations to choose from.”

The airline is presently on a fleet expansion exercise while at the same time adding new routes to its itinerary.

It is to lease an ATR 42 aircraft with a capacity of 48 passengers which will be flying to Curacao and Santo Domingo.

Winair will also be flying from St. Maarten to Tortola and Anguilla from December 15.

“These new services will also offer visitors additional connections to more islands in the Caribbean using Princess Juliana International airport as a hub connecting with Europe, North America and South America,” Cleaver said.

Winair made its first commercial flight to Dominica from St Maarten in 2010 but services to the island ceased in March 2011 due to financial problems.

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31 Comments

  1. ht
    November 17, 2013

    thats very good.but we need some bigger airlines.

  2. phil me
    November 16, 2013
  3. phil me
    November 16, 2013
  4. phil me
    November 16, 2013

    thanks winair bigger aircraft I just wish you all will go from SM to Dominica

  5. November 16, 2013

    yes that’s ok winair is here thankyou

  6. FOR CUP
    November 16, 2013

    Wow thanks you my p.m wow you working ! Keep it up !

  7. Dominican american
    November 16, 2013

    Lets see what winair gonna bring to the table let’s hope it wil be much better than liat

  8. Dominican american
    November 16, 2013

    List is not reliable not by a long shot

  9. young lady
    November 16, 2013

    Im loving this news i go to dominica 1 every week im so happy because im not a fan of liat amen lol

  10. John
    November 16, 2013

    Dominica needs a 80 passenger jet service nonstop from Dominica to Florida. Even a smaller jet would do so people can get from Dominica to the US mainland and visa versa in one day early in the day if possible so that they can get connections to go elsewhere.Skerrit needs to give all those millions of monies back to the Treasury to buy some.

  11. November 15, 2013

    Whatever you guys are doing in the “Airline Field” all I want to be sure of, is that there is an airline which will take me home–most likely in December 2014; God’s will be done– without all of that bad situation which I encountered on my way to Dominica, for my mom’s funeral, on August 6th, 2013 from the Airport at St. Marteen.

    Even if most of the problem was from Liat, St. Marteen’s international airport played it role as well in bad service.

    For example how can an International Airport accept only one kind of currency (the Us dollar) without having a single currency exchange there–are people from all over the world not entering that airport–for the first time, just like me?

    Who is responsible to tell us that a flight has been delayed or cancelled, if not the airport system–many people do not understand a voice announcement, just like me.

    Their signs continue to say “flight is on time up to the boarding call”. When I went to ask the lady at the service counter, why is it that flight 509 is on time, and yet it is almost time to leave and no call for boarding, she told me that flight 509 is out there but it is going to Tortola to come back, as if Tortola was just around the corner–their service there for first timers is appalling! I hope that I never have to go to Dominica from that airport.

  12. Grand Bay Mon sorti
    November 15, 2013

    :-D Wicked. High time. Is that the beginning of good things to come? Keep your fingers cross Brothers. E Pa ni en pli bell qui sa :lol:

  13. Malika
    November 15, 2013

    They Will start their flights to curaçao with air Antilles express planes is That right?

    • phil me
      November 16, 2013

      from SM to PR then Dominica

  14. Shepherd
    November 15, 2013

    good news, great job.

  15. Malatete
    November 15, 2013

    Will the be operating to/from Canefield or Melville Hall?

    • phil me
      November 16, 2013

      to Melville Hall this ATR 42 cannot land Canefield it’s too big

  16. Anonymous
    November 15, 2013

    grt…we jus need another airline from Dominica to barbados

    • Sisserou
      November 15, 2013

      Exactly right! Direct flights from New York, Miami, Toronto, London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfort, Amsterdam, etc. land in Barbados daily. Barbados is Dominica’s international airport. We do not need to bankrupt our economy (like St. Vincent is doing – 3 years behind schedule and hugely over budget) by building a 300 million dollar airport just for the sake of pride. All we need is a reliable, reasonably priced Caribbean airline for the final 1 hour leg of the journey from Grantly Adams to Melville Hall. If Liat can simplfy its routes by reducing the number of hubs it uses(as suggested by Mr. Nizard), then they would be all we need. Rinky dink airlines that originate flights to Dominica from St. Marteen, St. Thomas or San Juan are not the solution.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        November 16, 2013

        That is the wrong way to go. Dominica cannot move forward without a proper airport. These connecting flights with these “Rinky-Dink Airlines” leave us in peril all the time. Talk to travelers who have to make the trek back home. What about our tourism product?

  17. jane messam
    November 15, 2013

    well done. we need more carriers into dominica. i m excited already!

  18. Anonymous
    November 15, 2013

    Liat have bullied in the past. People are well and truly fed up with them now. Especially towards a country that has invested in them when they needed survival. But saying that, when we had no other service they were there. Still, when the CEO of any organisation that provides a SERVICE come out swinging at customers and potential customers, with an unapologetic approach, that will lead people to boycott your stupid organisation and seek something else. As shareholders Dominicans deserve better. I suggest we sell our shares and invest in something better. Fair competition will either fix Liat up real good or put them out of business. I think it might be the latter. Considering how their ability to provide service and apologies seem to be stemming from the very top. Which shareholders on this planet would stick with such leadership in their organisation, leadership that makes news from here to London and back. That is beyond me. The leaders are clearly incompetent, and lack any sympathy, not to mention professionalism.

  19. Alliance Français
    November 15, 2013

    DNO….please do some research….Winair did not do its first commercial flight to Dominica in 2010…..Winair had regular scheduled services out of DCF in the 1990’s….
    They only resumed flights to Dominica in 2010 after they had suspended the Canefield service for a few years.

  20. La-Boo
    November 15, 2013

    I see little Birds landing all over our branches – I’m sitting here waiting for the return of THE AMERICAN EAGLE. A big bird.

  21. Anonymous
    November 15, 2013

    This is wonderful News and I pray that it last, kick LIAT out of Business, Way to Go Winair/Domiica

  22. November 15, 2013

    WinAir, Seaborne, Hummingbird, the more competition for LIAT the better!

  23. femmedominique
    November 15, 2013

    this is the kind of news I need as a frequent visitor to the land of my birth.

    • Frances E. Bellot
      November 15, 2013

      Excellent news…logistical accessibility is the key. Moreover moves like this breeds competition, which is healthy for free market economies. Let’s pray that politics does not rare its ugly head.:)

  24. of course
    November 15, 2013

    wish you good luck and strong nerves! i believe that liat and its shareholders will do everything to get you out of business….but such companies as yours are desperately needed for eastern caribbean because you create vital competition and hopefully one day you kick out this ugly old retrograde dinosaur Liat out of business because such nightmare as Liat shouldn’t exist in 21st century..

  25. Me
    November 15, 2013

    This is wonderful news.

  26. DON JOHN
    November 15, 2013

    great new

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