Minister for Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore says Dominica sought advice before granting permission to St. Lucia–based CARICOM Airways to fly to Dominica.
“On July 21, 2010 we got a letter from the ECCAA saying that ‘please be advised that Caribbean commuter airways is competent to secure a safe operation for the purpose of conducting scheduled and charter flights in and out of Dominica,’” Blackmoore revealed at a press conference called Monday.
The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), in December ordered CARICOM Airways to stop operations until it became legal, and Opposition leader Hector John said that decision is embarrassing for the Dominica government.
The Public Works minister said Monday he was responding to John’s statements and “I really hope that Mr. John can educate himself as to the true facts and the level of due diligence that was done.”
But the legality issue of CARICOM Airways may shortly become a matter of the past.
In a news release Monday Laurenzo Rudolph Francis, St. Lucia’s attorney general, said the issue has been resolved and the ECCAA is expected to release a statement accordingly.
CARICOM Airways was to begin flights to Canefield Airport this month.