Dominica’s Civil Aviation and Ports Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says Government received good reports from LIAT pilots who tested the night landing facilities at the Melville Hall Airport last night.
While last night’s activity was a test and does not indicate immediate scheduled flights, Blackmoore said actual night landing in Dominica will become a reality in a matter of weeks.
“The chief pilot told us he had no issues with the lighting and no issues with the runway. WINAIR conducted landing with no difficulties recently and they indicated that they were ready for the scheduling of flights,” he said.
He said the LIAT pilots will be meeting with Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authorities and following that meeting, the Government of Dominica will be informed on the next step forward.
He said before commercial activities can take place the major air carriers need to be familiar with the setting.
Meantime Blackmore said Dominica have been “air-locked” for too long.
“We have been told that we cannot be part of a process that has taken other countries to a higher level of development. We can in due course stand side by side with other countries with night landing,” he added.
He said plans are also being made with American Eagle to jump onboard.