WINAIR lands first commercial night flight in Dominica

WINAIR

Regional carrier WINAIR has made its first commercial night flight into Dominica.

Last night, the aircraft flew in from St. Maarten carrying 13 passengers and landed at the Melville Hall Airport at about 8 p.m.

Ports Minister Rayburn Blackmoore had told a ceremony to launch CARICOM Airways’ Dominica-St.Lucia route at the Canefield Airport yesterday that WINAIR would begin its night flights this week and would land at 7:10 p.m.

“I think that is very historic,” he said yesterday.

Blackmoore took the opportunity on the other hand to assure that all the technical issues have been resolved with LIAT as it relates to night landing in Dominica.

“We have addressed all the concerns of LIAT in Melville Hall, all the technical concerns LIAT has,” he said

He added, “I want to really commend you again for WINAIR, because WINAIR never had any difficulty in coming to Dominica and of course recognizing the benefit to be had in the process LIAT is now saying that they are willing to come.”

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66 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010

    why does everthing has to take a political bashing? Why cant we have some decent, unpolitical development for the sake of the country. People, its not Skerrit, its not Ron Green, Its not James, Its not Papi. Its God and let us work together, whether opposition or ruling to develop DOMINICA.
    Politics will destroy and waste resources of a country, like the portion of lands that are sitting destitute at Wesley/Marigot for an international airport, while some make merry over a few lights on an existing airstrip. And why, because the lands were purchased by the outgoing prime minister, James. Now if you ask me, I would say, “Ok, the property is already acquired, let’s use it for the same purpose, instead of acquiring some other unnecessary location.” Politics will separate, but togetherness is what is needed, whether opposition or ruling. We need to see DOMINICA, and not blue, red, green or black. We need to Support who is in, and help steer the development of DOMINICA.

  2. aviator
    December 17, 2010

    I DON;’T KNOW WHY MR BLACKMORE INSIST ON LYING TO THE DOMINICAN PPL. LIATS CONCERNS HAVE NOT BEEM MET. ECCAA HAS NOT APPROVED THE NIGHT LANDING APPROACH AND AS A RESULT LIAT WILL NOT BE SCHEDULING ANY NIGHT FLIGHTS. THE CURRENT SITUATION IS THAT GUADELOUPE PROVIDES RADAR AND VECTOR APPROACH TO THE AIRLINES BUT ONCE THEY DROP TO BELLOW 3000 FEET THEY’RE ON THEIR OWN. NOW IF AN ACCIDENT IS TO HAPPEN ISSURANCE WILL NOT COVER VICTIMS RELATIVES AND WILL HAVE A NOTHER CARDINAL FIASCO ON HAND. SPEAK THE TRUTH MY BLACKMOORE

  3. Fitzroy Armour
    December 15, 2010

    Twin otter designed to land and take off in much more challenging conditions than Dash 8. That is shorter runway lengths,…in case of barked landings….
    Correct me if I am wrong…Isn’t night landing approved for down wind/from the sea?
    Could the dash 8 be able to safely clear the mountain ridge if the runway is overshot?

    Example the twin otter can land and take off in the portion of runway north of the cane field airport terminal

  4. North America
    December 15, 2010

    Why Dominican’s like to find fault like that. Somthing is good for D
    ominica like night landing and people still put politics into it. someone got to do the job by giving dominica night landing. give credit to who ever gave Dominca night landing, Dominca is going to benifit from it, we are moving in the right direction. people lets think before writing negative things on DNO not only Domincan’s reading that news. sometimes you guys comes out stupid.

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    December 15, 2010

    I thought we were moving forward. A fourteen seat twin otter aircraft. Is this the future of night landing in Dominica? I flew on that type of aircraft with those Pratt and Whitney ear-drum busting engines. Never again. Unless I’m sky diving.
    We celebrate anything in Dominica.

    • kay
      December 15, 2010

      Ismael !! do you know how to count ? 1+1 is ? …. and like life everything has a being. the bigger boy will see it is safe to land and will soon come. Please my people stop being so damn negative, all we have to do is build on what we have

  6. lol
    December 15, 2010

    Havent even been able to afford a plane ticket for the past 5 years. So not really excited. De mohnee jus pa la.

    Work leave in backyard garden, Christmas in house cleaning, summer on bayfront eating KFC. :cry: :cry:

    All I can say is…. All the best.

  7. Another passenger
    December 15, 2010

    But as if is Jah youte alone that defending LIAT,……… That says a hell of a lot. hmmmph SMH

  8. jah yute
    December 14, 2010

    u got it back to front;.. for years it survived all the competion thrown at it and came out stronger than ever. that is not the trait of a follower, sounds more like that of a leader to me…

    now that what i ineterprit from the prefix liat
    L=LEADER
    I=IN
    A=AIR
    T=TRAVEL

    not leave island any time.

    lol
    lol

  9. abdull bayo bois
    December 14, 2010

    that is so dumb, all that hulla for a handfull of passengers…… you people sicken me man cha, man

  10. jah yute
    December 14, 2010

    are you forgetting the charter flight operated on behalf of the labour party to bring in those dominicans leaving in the states to vote last december?? so its not just the venezuelans its the labour party to. infact they used the same charter company that chavez used when he came to dominica earlier last year. the jet is prominently featured at the melvillehall airport on the arrivals and departures display monitors

  11. CREOLE QUEEN
    December 14, 2010

    MAY GOD BLESS DOMINICA…………….mAY GOD BLESS WINAIR

  12. Terrence
    December 14, 2010

    Let me hear from LIAT concerning night landings not p m or any minister of government

  13. SiangUK
    December 14, 2010

    Another step forward, towards the next level.

    Thank you WINAIR.

    Blackmore, stop waste time with Caricom Airways and Canefield Airport.

    WINAIR is the way to go.

  14. Patriot
    December 14, 2010

    This is excellent news… victory shall be mine…I see the silver linen in the clouds. The day is at hand, when I will no longer have to overnight in Puerto Rico or Trinidad on my way home. hallelujah!

    • Precious stones
      December 14, 2010

      AMEN AND AMEN… THANK U JESUS..

  15. SHELCO
    December 14, 2010

    Very good Labor thanks Skerrit and Blackmore it was time for night landing to start we are tired of loosing out stuff in Antigua land of thieves.we will stop overnight in that old country I want to see what is Lennox Lington next card the parket almost finish by 2015 only the jokers will remain in the packet all your lies and satanic verses will finish and you will be at the psychiatric ward don’t forget the massive gathering at macoushrie on Sunday come all Laborite see the strength of labour long live SKERRIT and Labour

  16. Anonymous
    December 14, 2010

    That’s very good we are tired of Antigua’s stealing our stuff when we over night in that country of thieves
    win air thanks and thanks Skerrit and Blackmore.thanks LABOR you will stay for ever now i want to see what is Lennox Lington next card all the others failed come to Macoushrie on Sunday and see how we strong the UWP must get MAD before 2015

  17. WIKILEAKS
    December 14, 2010

    This is not the true story about WinAir landing at night. We at the uwp with the help of our fearless leader lennox will reveal the true information very soon.

    It has just been leaked to us

    Stay tuned

    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2010

      lol

      • Caddy
        December 14, 2010

        What de *** is that? So if that’s not the true story, why does it have pictures of Winair coming in after 8 in the night? Awa wi….that’s just SAD SAD SAD! SAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD! 8-O

  18. Anonymous
    December 14, 2010

    :lol:

  19. Think
    December 14, 2010

    Liat has a Higher Class of avaition Rating through international agencies etc…they do operate into US Ports which have very strick measure etc….

    While Winair is a Low end airline who will take less issue into safety and other aspects unlike the
    Legendary LIAT has much more at stake!!..

    Hats off to you LIAT your inner circle are deep thinkers…and they dont reside in the rare but true fools paradise!!

  20. Chad
    December 14, 2010

    Excited about this development. Who ever else that doesn’t want to come thats them but point is the ball has started rolling and forward Dominica goes. Yyyaaayyy us

  21. Red-Antz
    December 14, 2010

    thank god for that. no more over nights in the cold for me.

  22. PUNISHMENT
    December 14, 2010

    happy happy happy any development i am for if you red or blue its all good

  23. kalinago to the bone
    December 14, 2010

    liat know its competition now so they will come .

    • Top City
      December 14, 2010

      where the competition?

    • hard back
      December 14, 2010

      competition from who? winair? caricom airways? are you forgetting cardinal airlines,air caribes,air bvi,caribbean star,caribbean sun,helen air,e c express,carib express? those were all competition but you know what they say about gold? when thats liat. never afraid of competition thats why they other airlines keep fizzling away. their aim is not to serve per say as much as they wish to see liat go under and thats why they’l always fail.

  24. only
    December 14, 2010

    WinAirir has smaller planes and we need them to come in and fly out of Canefield. The Govt. needs to lower its fees to make this possible and encourage the tourist trade.
    WinAir is also a lot more easy going than LIAT which makes flying less of a hassle.

    • hard back
      December 14, 2010

      now theres a sensible comment. i wish you’d share that with mr chastenet from st lucia. thats the real reason behind liats high fares. all the goverment taxes that are incooperated into tickets. if the governments really want to see liat drop its fare then they have to be prepared to make sacrifices also. reduce the landing fees,eliminate some of those transit fees. do you ppl know that when you buy a ticket to travel out of dominica you are paying tax for the melvillehall upgrade? st lucia did some work on vigi airport there was an aditional tax, barbados upgraded their airport addidional tax, antigua is doing theres and there is an additional tax. liat operates about 50 flights monthly into dominica and pays the government in excess of $40,000.00 per month for landing fees and dominica is maybe the cheapest in the caribbean, antigua,barbados,trinidad operates alot more flights than dominica so you get the picture? now take all that into account do you really blame liat for having high fares? liat is a business and not a charitable organisation and hence has to ensure at the end of the day it can cover all its expenses and still deliver fist class service to its customers.

  25. FOREVER POSITIVE
    December 14, 2010

    WILL TAKE THE FLIGHT ANY DAY AND TIME, TO GET HOME

  26. Tryphena
    December 14, 2010

    This is soooo great! Leave Island Any Time – LIAT, needs some stiff competition! We’ve suffered enough baggage loss, delayed flights etc over the years! Big ups to WINAIR!

    • Top City
      December 14, 2010

      winair delay bags when their flights are overweight or if there’s not enough time to transfer bags

      • Tryphena
        December 14, 2010

        It’s just a general statement which gives the issues one has to deal with on a constant basis with LIAT. Did not say WINAIR does not have issues..This will surely ease the burdens on those travelling where they could have more choices.

      • Cassandra
        December 14, 2010

        …so, no different from LIAT then!!

      • jah yute
        December 14, 2010

        now find out from winair how many times they cancel flight last minute on their passengers and liat had to come to the rescue? u ppl seem to forget when winair was operating in canefield they just pullled out leaving their passengers stranded. who assisted in getting those passengers to their destinations at no additional cost to the customers? LIAT.

  27. neil joseph
    December 14, 2010

    yayyyyy…finally….commercial flights into Dominica in the night!!! next is american airlines 747, then jet blue, then us airways, then british airways right?

    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2010

      i hope you are not serious.

      performance wise, only a 757-200 is capable of landing and taking off in Melville hall at ease.

      • Tryphena
        December 14, 2010

        Rome was not built in a day. With progress comes improvements

      • Cassandra
        December 14, 2010

        Would not want to land a 757 at Melville Hall, regardless of the configuration. A 737-200 yes! In fact the |Venezuelans have done exactly that.

        • Anonymous
          December 14, 2010

          hmm. if you trust a 737-200 more than a 757-200 I feel sorry for you and look down upon your aviation knowledge.
          And, I also cant remember a 737-200 landing in Dominica.

    • One Love
      December 14, 2010

      :-D YAY ………….. THEN ………….THE SPACE SHUTTLE

  28. king man
    December 14, 2010

    that they vex about

  29. President
    December 14, 2010

    Will Dominica be getting services from REd Jet..If not it will be a good initiative. the flights a dog cheap. any ways congrats win air. Liat still sticking. however, growth is a process and it takes time, once it is being fertilized by willingness.

  30. Cassandra
    December 14, 2010

    Let’s be fair. It are not so much LIAT’s concerns that have to be addressed but those of the authority they operate under. Winair’s flight is operated by Briko Air Services under rules issued by the separate4 Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority. Briko are an excellent, family owned concern out of Trinidad, not encumbered with the expensive hierarchy we find at LIAT.

  31. u ppl eh
    December 14, 2010

    still sticking to my liat

    • One Love
      December 14, 2010

      :) YOU BET . . . . . . . AND SAFER TOO

  32. Fitzroy Armour
    December 14, 2010

    Way to Go BRIKO/ WINAIR

    As I suggested several months ago. The twin otter is capable of night landing where the dash 8 is not permitted.

    Proud to have been taught to fly by BRIKO air services (WINAIR)

    • One Love
      December 14, 2010

      chupesssss

    • hmm2
      December 14, 2010

      fitzroy , the briko aircraft are the jetstream airplanes , so not sure about the relevance of the twinotter comment , the otters are not operated by briko.also i dont think there is any restriction re the otter versus dash 8 when it comes to night landing

  33. ATL
    December 14, 2010

    Yes WINAIR, thanks for stepping up. The country is moving forward!

  34. FOREVER POSITIVE
    December 14, 2010

    LIAT AND THEIR OFFICIAL KNOW EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER TO DO NIGHT LANDING.
    BUT THEY WILL NOT AND ONLY REASON IS THEY WANT PEOPLE TO OVER NIGHT IN
    ANTIGUA AND FOR PEOPLE LUGGAGE TO GET LOST AND BROKEN INTO.

    • jah yute
      December 14, 2010

      u are talking a whole heap of crap. if everything was in other from september why is it in november they had an expert here to recaliberate the papis? ( for those of you who don’t know its those 8 lights 4 on each side of the runway towards the sea. why is there an escavator doing work on the side near the sea at present? why did they have to repaint the air strip? why did they have to put on addition lighting on the hillside and brighter ones at that?

      liat clearly told them that the approach has to be approved by the ECCAA before they start servicing dominica at nights.
      you need to ask mr black more when did all thise finalisation take place,cuz it sure wasn’t when liat last met with the government last month.if they goverment has indeed meet liats concerns then im sure liat will looking into night flights when they do furture scheduling.

  35. FOREVER POSITIVE
    December 14, 2010

    COMPETION IS GOOD AND ALIVE. THANK GOD FOR WINAIR. WHO KNOWS IT FILLS IT.
    PEOPLE STOP CRITISING AND BE HAPPY THAT GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR
    COUNTRY.

  36. De Champ
    December 14, 2010

    GREAT, 3 of the 13 are guests in my hotel and they told me it was a great flight.

  37. marzhie alone
    December 14, 2010

    buy and sell……..pimp and hoe

  38. Anonymous
    December 14, 2010

    BRAVO

    • malabau83
      December 14, 2010

      BRAVO AGAIN….wake up Liat.

  39. Chief
    December 14, 2010

    LIAT has always been a follower. WINAIR took the initiative and this is what business is all about in this competitive atmosphere. LIAT better put its act in order or will lose business and continue bleeding as it has been doing over the years.

    Competition is a beautiful thing eh.

  40. thanks
    December 14, 2010

    finally

  41. observer
    December 14, 2010

    Let’s hear from LIAT themselves.

    • malabau83
      December 14, 2010

      Liat bette watchout…competition is a killer….

    • malabau83
      December 14, 2010

      Liat still considering nite landing……

    • One Love
      December 14, 2010

      now you talking . . . . CANT BELIEVE ANYTHING THESE GUYS SAY ANYTIME :lol:

    • jah yute
      December 14, 2010

      liat thrives on competition. always has always will. now its up to those competitors to match the high safety standards set by liat. liat is a brand name like nike, addidas,timberlands etc. you pay for the brand cuz you know you’re getting something good in return.

      all you buying clothing and shoes way more expensive that buying tickets on l iat so get real ppl.

      news flash…….do you ppl know that liat putting on night flights is an additional expense to them as they have to pay custom workers over time? yes liat pays them overtime for flights after 4pm.
      every month customs get in excess of $10,000.00 dollars in overtime from liat. so be fare ppl don’t just run your mouths without knowing the facts.

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