Blackmoore announces LIAT night flights into Dominica from Barbados

Blackmoore

Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has announced that LIAT now has a scheduled night flight into Dominica from Barbados.

The Minister was speaking at a site visit to the Canefield Cliff section of the West Coast Road Project Monday, when he mentioned the regional carrier’s latest move.

“The airport was fully certified for instrument approach and that certification would accommodate for Dash-8 and planes below that category to land at night. LIAT has a scheduled night flight from Barbados and that in itself provides a very useful connection for us. By 1:30 all flight coming from North America and Europe would have landed in Barbados and there was a 2:15 flight which would mean that if you land at 1:30, you would not be able to connect to that flight. We are now seeing the introduction of a scheduled flight by LIAT leaving Barbados by 6:00 getting to Dominica at 7:10,” Blackmoore said.

The minister went on to mention the night flights by BVI Airways that serve as a connection for passengers using US Airways and JetBlue into St Maarten and the USVI.

Blackmoore further announced that the Government has seen it fit to issue licenses to a number of airlines, one of which intends to have a flight as early as next month and which will introduce a 30-seater aircraft from Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Croix into Dominica.

He stated that the Government is seeking to develop the country from a holistic stand point, not only in the area of roads but also improving the airport and improving the state and maximizing productivity in the country.

“I think we’re well on our way to changing Dominica,” Blackmoore said.

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52 Comments

  1. Way out There
    September 21, 2011

    I like this move especially for the up coming Independence season. Maybe we can get a Puerto Rico/Antigua/Dominica flight next. Also hoping we can get our bags at least within 24hrs.

  2. littleboy
    September 21, 2011

    Who else do you expect to fool Mr Blackmoore with your false information? Why don’t you just admit that the large sum of monies dumped at Melville hall was a waiste?

    Mr. Blackmoore, I checked liat.co to see if we really have a schedule flight that leaves Bados at 6pm and arrives in Dominica at 7:10pm and found none. I saw one leaving at 6pm but arrives at 6:50. Why say 7:10pm to make it sound like night landing?

    If you consider 7:10pm as nightlanding then I wonder how you would refer to the flight that leaves BGI at 9:35pm and arrives in St. Vincent at 10:05pm. I guess you would call that midnightlanding? I used STVD since they are the only other Windward Island that does not have an international airport though they will have theirs soon, thanks to our Prime Minister Skeritt and the DLP administration.

    Also, what about AA (Eagle)? Did you get them to jump on board the night landing ride since you told us on May 14, 2010 that your government was working on getting the Eagle to jump on board? Did you succeed?
    Also, what about the Liat flight from Antigua to Dominica which you told us in May 2010 would be the first schedule flight to do nightlanding? I have not seen a flight from ANU? You remember you told us that it was the first schedule flight and then the one from BGI would follow later? Plans change man?

    Keep on lying pardner because there are still many Dominican’s that will be fooled by you and your administration. So just feed them with what they want to hear…lies and more lies

  3. Zeb
    September 21, 2011

    But just last week I landed in Da at a lil after 7…. I’m confused I thought this was already in motion.

    • Cassandra
      September 21, 2011

      You are right. My information is that this flight, LI768 has been in operation certainly since w/c 5 Sept., 2011. Departure time Barbados 17.05 hrs., scheduled arrival Melville Hall 18.50 hrs. (with a short stop in St. Lucia). I’m not aware that this new service was promoted by either the local LIAT office or Discover Dominica but I stand to be corrected on this.

      • PP
        September 22, 2011

        Dominica is always a place of confusion starting from the top!!! The Minister don’t even know that the flight leaves Barbados at 5:05 goes through St Lucia and arrives in Dominica at 7:05!!!

  4. Educated Dominican
    September 21, 2011

    Cereberus is an idiot. Having immigration and customs at an aiprot doesnt make it an international airport.

    • Cerberus
      September 21, 2011

      Thank you “educated Dominican”. I shall wear your distinction as a badge of honour!

  5. Educated Dominican
    September 21, 2011

    I think we should gradual improve Melville hall airport until it reach international standard. Increase the elngth of the runway. Countries like Sm and barbados smaller but they have much more tourism much more activity than dominica. I dont think building the international airport will cause an influx of visitors like people think. We dont even have many regeinal tourists what make you think we can get intl tourists.

  6. Label
    September 21, 2011

    I hope that this thing is not another “Tou sho Tou Flam” just because of the WCF coming up. My waist is hurting and I cannot hold any more of those heavy lies so I would rather wait it out. When I see this night landing fiasco working I will believe it . Hey don’t blame me because it’s been a whole year since the grand inaugural ceremony and every time I pass next to Melleville Hall at nights is strictly “Label “ I see around the airport and a light bulb at the fire station.
    Is so they make it I just calling it as I see it and besides that is my waist that hurting from this big stone of lies they give us to carry. So if you waist is not hurting – good for you

  7. iwannabeapilot
    September 21, 2011

    @ Homeboy caps is cruise control for cool huh.

    On topic, those are not crosswinds… crosswinds run perpendicular and or slightly diagonal to the runway…

    landing from runway 9 its a headwind, and from runway 27 tailwind. Not a crosswind.

    Terrain and inability to TOGA, along with the approached used is more of a probable reason.

    • Homeboy
      September 21, 2011

      Thanks I stand corrected.

      • iwannabeapilot
        September 21, 2011

        no problem.

      • Homeboy
        September 22, 2011

        Hey no need get all annoyed. Just educate. For example when the anonymous poster inferred a 270 wind was coming from land. I deduced that if u take the cardinal compass and point it N then that is o degrees…270 wind would be coming from the west while a 90 wind from the east. We can agree to disagree but let’s educate in the process and STOP the name calling.. Peace

    • Anonymous
      September 21, 2011

      hey there ‘wannabeamonkey… it’s all relative – at nights, dom experiences a land breeze from diablotin, hence 270 wind thus its gonna b a head wind if u r landing from the sea

      • iwannabeapilot
        September 21, 2011

        which in return will help the plane land a lot more safely. The headwind will provide true relative ground speed when compared to airspeed. As opposed the tailwind will cause ground speed to be faster than airspeed and that can occur at anytime resulting in a stall.

        I know my stuff good sir.

        #comeatme

      • iwannabeapilot
        September 21, 2011

        and fyi 270 degrees means the wind is blowing from the SEA not the mountains jackass.

        funny how people try to troll when they don’t know Shit.

  8. CAC
    September 21, 2011

    I am a reader of DNO and notice in many previous postings that Dominicans seem to quite frequently, in conversation regarding airports or industry, compare their developmental status with that of St. Vincent. Is there a reason why you compare to St. Vincent and not to Grenada or St. Lucia? Just curious…

    • caribbean genius
      September 21, 2011

      lol..
      Maybe is because pm of st vincent advise pm skerrit to go the way of upgrading melville hall, while he run and build his own international.. just saying,not sure

    • Homeboy
      September 21, 2011

      Bc they see the fact that SVG along with DA were the two windward islands without and Int’l airport.

      • CAC
        September 26, 2011

        Ok guys.. Thanks… But the islands are more similar than different–even those with int’l airport and not that much more developed than Dominica.

  9. fatty batty
    September 21, 2011

    way to go DA you people JUST STOP ALL THE BAD comments so long i am waiting,i can leave work and get my flight to NATURE ISLE. :lol: :-D

  10. littleboy
    September 21, 2011

    I meant to say the lies of this administration reminds me of when King David committed adultery with Baasheba and the amount of lies and evil he later committed, which includes the killing of Basheeba’s beloved husband, just to cover up his sin, which later gave birth to Solomon

  11. D'can By Marriage
    September 21, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS LIAT……..and The DA Government for this long awaited decision..It will make accessing DA easier….

  12. Cyril Volney
    September 21, 2011

    Arrived on the Barbados/St Lucia night flight. We were landed even before the terminal runway. Excellent flight, and the runway was lit up like a Christmas tree. No more Hotel, meals, taxi, taxi, and rude service in BIM! Thank you LIAT (never thought I would say that, especially after LIAT charging me US$5 per lb for my carry on…)

  13. bougla
    September 21, 2011

    Excellent now I can spend more money in DA – no need to pay for overnight accomodation in Barbados.

    • speak the truth
      September 21, 2011

      Are you serious? Miss your flight and you will tell me if you will not need to pay for overnight accomdation in BGI.

  14. concern citizen
    September 21, 2011

    good move now i can fly straight from ny to bgi and then connect that same day.

    • speak the truth
      September 21, 2011

      How could Newyokers be so naive in their thinking? Lt your flight from NY delay for any reason and you will tell me if your problem of over nighting in Bados will change since the last flight on Liat leaves BGI at 6PM.

  15. Me
    September 21, 2011

    I refuse to ever take a night flight into Dominica. It is simply MUCH too dangerous landing FROM the sea here with all of those cross winds coming off of the mountains. If something happens and the plane has to crash land, it will be lucky if there’s any survivors. At least if you crash land in the DAYTIME you have a MUCH better chance at living because you’ll be crashing into the ocean, and NOT the mountainside.

    That’s why AA and RJ refuse to fly in here at night–it’s too damn dangerous and they don’t want to take that risk of crashing.

    But it’s Liat, so I’m not too surprised they’d do this. It might be more effective to get in here now at all times yes, but it’s also a lot more dangerous to come in to this island after 5pm.

    • iwannabeapilot
      September 21, 2011

      lol, I won’t even make you look like more of an idiot than you already are.

      But I will say that many logical fallacies are present in your post.

      • Homeboy
        September 21, 2011

        Hey @ ME made some good points at night with the Land Breeze, you do have more wind coming in from the Land and hence more cross- winds.

        IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS AEagle won’t sanction night landing in DA.

    • D'can By Marriage
      September 21, 2011

      @Me…Death and life lies in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruits thereof…….This is a very negative Post…Did you pay attention to the Ministers words….?????…Liat has one of the safest records for any world wide airline and I can tell you this that LIAT will not risk flying into an airport wholly and souly for economic reasons, by that I mean LIAT would have required Civil Aviation Approval before making this decision. You call for an international airport I wonder how would you pay for it???…If you can’t take care of your little runway how do you propose to look after an international airport…My freind I am not a born Dominican but I love this country just as if I was a native.. And I too am passionate of Dominica been promoted as the Nature Island of the Caribbean..God is in control not Skerritt or Ron Green or any other politican…And finally LIAT will not fly into an airport when atmospheric conditions are dangerous…Neither any other airline for that matter..So please either you shut up or do some bloody research before putting up a post…to decry a postive move..You sound just like the opposition opposing for opposing sake

    • bougla
      September 21, 2011

      @Me u need a nice KALUT!

    • Independent
      September 21, 2011

      i am one of those persons who understands that all sorts of people use this informative site and u are just one of of those who fit in the catigory of a complete jack *ss.

    • Anonymous
      September 21, 2011

      Hair chien mais dit dent li blanc. Liat may not be popular but they have a good safety record.

  16. Right On
    September 21, 2011

    That suits us so fine now we can make our plans Amen, come on HATERS find your Unpatriotic Faults,it is not The Minister who prepared the Schedule.

    • speak the truth
      September 21, 2011

      Because people have a different opinion than your they are haters? Poor you all! Nothing but yes and amen people. While we are haters in reality you are prooving to be a hater of development and is because of people like you, Dominica is so behind cause you cant challenge our politicians to compete. Shame on you all!

  17. CC
    September 21, 2011

    So when will US airways and jetblue land in DA?

    • iwannabeapilot
      September 21, 2011

      when we get an additional ~1500ft of landing runway length

      • Anonymous
        September 21, 2011

        is that the only additional requirement? omg!

  18. LOL
    September 21, 2011

    Ok i know that is GREAT news..but i reading the article and i checking..”The Minister was speaking at a site visit to the Canefield Cliff section of the West Coast Road Project Monday, when he mentioned the regional carrier’s latest move.”….now where is the correlation?????

    • Pin
      September 21, 2011

      Why are some of u all act so much like idiots.. Some of u just want to criticize everything..You all cut up so much in negativity ya’ll can’t even figure out simple things.. So because he was at the Canefield Cliff speaking about the road project etc, he is not suppose to speak about anything else. He just used this opportunity to speak about the night landing onetime. What’s in this to figure out..
      At the end of the day, we all benefit from whatever development that takes place in Dominica..

    • Fuente
      September 21, 2011

      You so quick to talk, but u didnt read where it said “He stated that the Government is seeking to develop the country from a holistic stand point, not only in the area of roads but also improving the airport” That’s the correlation you D….A..

      • Sout Man
        September 21, 2011

        Good point Fuente!! And he is the minister responsible for both the road and the airport.

  19. me
    September 21, 2011

    PERFECT

  20. Josette
    September 21, 2011

    Good ting. But Red Jet’s refusal to land here nor include Dominica in low fare specials that many other islands will benefit from, is an eye opener that D/a needs an international airport.

    • Dominican
      September 21, 2011

      Can’t resist eh?

    • enough
      September 21, 2011

      da cannot afford an international airport. You need hotels and better roads. And you need people that dont answer you yes wee when you ask them a question.

      • Sout Man
        September 21, 2011

        Here we go again; the chicken and egg argument. An international airport should be our goal for improved air access. It will not happen overnight, but we are on our way. Can you imagine how small the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Barbados are, compared to DA? An IA should be an integral part of growing our economy and infrastructure. That will be an incentive to attract investment capital. The IA does codt a lot of money for construction and maintenance, but it takes money to make money.

    • Cerberus
      September 21, 2011

      And where will you get the passengers from my friend? Redjet has a capacity of 152 pax, and you surely do not expect them to fly in here empty either, do you? Even the new late afternoon Barbados/St.Lucia/Dominica service by LIAT is not maxed out and I pray and hope it will be sustained if only for the reason of giving us the opportunity to avoid that dreadful Antigua airport!Fortunaterly, or unfortunately we are a very “exclusive” destination. Even Columbus and the early French- & British colonisers had figured that out. And by the way, Meville Hall I(DOM) is an international airport! (why else would it have customs and immigration
      personnel?)

      • iwannabeapilot
        September 21, 2011

        “And by the way, Meville Hall I(DOM) is an international airport”

        sure… my god you are an idiot.

  21. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011

    Good move

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