Minister Blackmoore says LIAT pilots gave good reviews following night landing

Minister Blackmoore. *GIS photo

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.

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72 Comments

  1. Piper
    August 20, 2010

    Can anything happen in Dominica without it boiling down to politics? If Skerrit can somehow turn water into wine, would UWP criticize that? If UWP could turn rocks into gold, would DLP supporters find fault with that? Nothing seem good enough for those of the opposint team. This is our country folks. it belongs to neither DLP nor UWP.

  2. SiangUK
    August 20, 2010

    @Anonymous:

    Right now the air fare from the UK to Dominica is in the £700 region.

    Of that £700, about £230 is a number of taxes and surcharges.

    This si due to go up again, in November when the UK government, increase their Passenger tax (for the third time) in November 2010.

    Right now people wanting to travel to Dominica from the UK are put of, becuase of the current ticket price.

    And you want Dominica to build a US$300million airport and put another tax on ticket price, to help pay for this Airport.

    You are not serious.

    Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s Mamo, tried to get such an airport, built for nothing with help from the US/UK and Canada.

    A self serving letter and the Gulf war put paid to that.

    The only way Dominica is going to get a bigger airport, is when someone else, builds and pays for it.

    Now that is the reality, we Dominicans need to deal with (No matter who happens to be in Government).

  3. In the Air
    August 19, 2010

    for the first time one of these tape recorders has come close to what the next level might be interpreted as.Blackburn said Da has been air locked for too long.It’s like air has been trapped in their rears preventing constructive thinking( remember UWP’s fugitive Instruments?) He was air locked too. Gases PUM got trapped in his system and he came up with the great idea of the fountain on the bayfront. Blackburn went o to state we could not be part of the process that brought other islands to a higher level well well well that ‘s what you guys meant all along?The issue of aviation altitude was necessary to describe the next level you guys repeat ridiculously at every occaston?

  4. POSITIVE
    August 19, 2010

    I AM NOT A FAN OF THE SKERRIT ADMINISTRATION ; YES IT IS TRUE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED,THE LIES , THE DECEIT, THE CORRUPTION. I AM HOWEVER A D/CAN FIRST BEFORE A PARTY
    MOUSE. DOMINICANS WE NEED TO RALLY BEHIND POSITIVE VENTURES. THERE WILL BE BUMPS AND KINKS AS WE TRY TO GET THE GREEN LIGHT FOR NIGHT LANDING. NOW IS THE TIME TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT EVEN IF IT IS NOT WHAT WE WOULD HAVE LIKED OR THE PROJECT NOT BEING DONE BY OUR FAVORED POLITICAL PARTY
    THE VERY SAME POLITICIANS ARE THE ONES WHO KEEP US DOWN AS A NATION; POLITICIANS LIKE SAVERIN, EDDISON, TIMOTHY, SKERRITS – THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO CRITICIZE DEVELOPMENT ONCE THEY ARE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE FENCE. IT IS TIME THAT WE SHOW POLITICIANS THAT WE ARE SMART PEOPLE NOT JUST A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD WAVE A RED FLAG INSPITE OF BLATANT CORRUPTION OR PEOPLE ON THE BLUE SIDE WHO WOULD CRITICIZE JUST BECAUSE ……..

    HOORAY FOR D/CA DOMINICA , DA – AFTER ALL LET US TAKE CREDIT FOR OURSELVES NOT POLITICIANS – REMEMBER THOSE BONE HEAD POLITICIANS ARE USELESS WITHOUT THE PEOPLE. L

  5. or
    August 19, 2010

    @Kanpeche:
    Totaly agree with you.

  6. Anonymous
    August 19, 2010

    @REBEL!!…with a cause.: I don’t have to worry about that, everything in Dominica is Politics , Learn to cherich the little that can be done for Dominica in the meantime and if you stop to smell the bush tea then, you will realise that we must learn to creap first before we walk.

    If LIAT can land at St Vincent and St Lucia in the night, then they can land in Dominica. Another thing is that, you guys are calling for an International Airport, If Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua cannot maintain theirs, how can we maintain one in these times of economic crisis?

    The minister in his own right has expressed the word FAITH in this speech, we need more like him, we should never doubt anything good for Dominica though little, we will cherish and make it work.

  7. Itassian
    August 19, 2010

    @seriously: Why don’t you provide a link to that article you are talking about so that everyone can read it.

  8. seriously
    August 19, 2010

    anybody saw the article above which says they encountered a lot of problems? hello, were they not reporting the same thing, or was blackmore not listening or something?

  9. REBEL!!...with a cause.
    August 19, 2010

    @REBEL!!…with a cause.: ….(continuation)….development. We are not anti Country…We love our Country just like you.And just like you we want what is best for her.
    We are only exercising our fundamental and legal Rights.
    Ssshhh…Did you know that you have those Rights as well?.Yes man,you do and more too.
    So stop with the blind faith and get up stand up man.
    Oh, and don’t forget to check the eyes and the focus eh…ok. good .
    All the best to you….

  10. Kanpeche
    August 19, 2010

    I love taking a few minutes each day to peruse this board to see what is happening in the news, and also to get a feel of what my fellow country men/women think of issues affecting us. Two things always stand out from this board: (1) Our leaders (both UWP and DLP) are impulsive and ill-informed. They tend to make decisions without having a full deck. They implement projects in piece-meal, and are limited in their scope. Now, these are individuals with the right intentions, and I am sure they mean well. However, effective leadership can’t be based on knee-jerk decision making (2) I love Dominica and all it has to offer, but damn!, some of us are negative. A good argument can be healthy. However, there are some people who are happy that the internet was invented, and that they can hide behind their keyboards and spew vile venom at people who disagree with them. In reality, those are the most negative and cowardice people in DA. Most of the time, their comments have no bearing on the issue at hand. They just throw themselves in the mix, and attack anyone who disagrees with them. They also tend to hold their political party as a badge of honor or courage. These types of people do more harm to DA than anyone else, but their own sense of security, and the small world they live in (in their head) make them think that they are actually having an impact on things that matter most.

    Just my thought.

  11. REBEL!!...with a cause.
    August 19, 2010

    @Ryon: I see what you mean….Why don’t you try standing on you feet sometimes,it will help you to see things much better,and in a more objective manner.
    You are seeing too much red right now.And it is affecting your thought process,as well as your thinking…You are now thinking with your color red,instead of your brain…I’m about to send you a “get well soon” card…Even your judgement and rationale,are affected by this red syndrome…Oh boy you are completely gone…
    See,…my little four eyed friend…,we tend to see things,not as they are,but as we are.
    What gave you,my one track minded friend, the notion that I,and some others,who care about our beloved Dominica,don’t want to see and have night landing there?.We care about our Country and wants what is best for her.
    But what you so cunningly did, or trying to do ,just like some of your politician friends have a propensity to do, is twist things around to suit your own agenda. And your objection is to try to vilify persons in the process.
    What was questionable, my bi-focal friend, was the contradictory statements made by your infamous minister,on reference to what was said by the test pilots during the night landing test flights. The pilots indicated “several concerns”. Your infamous minister said no such thing. Fact of the matter is, he told the Dominican people quite the opposite.
    And that,my not very focus friend, was the premise and basis for the concerns and questions that were raised in my and a few other persons comments.
    Why is it that when intelligent questions are raised by intelligent folks,they are all of a sudden anti Govt.,or anti Dominica?. Why?.What are the reasons behind all this?.
    Let me tell you a little secret…We have a democracy in Dominica. It is one of our Rights , to freely question members of our Govt. pertaining to the affairs of the Country. That’s is ok.We also have the right to question their motives. Also,we do not have to believe everything they tell us,and everything they say…..And when we do,it does not necessarily means we are Anti Govt.,against progress and

  12. kalabash
    August 19, 2010

    @The Third Side: To much negativity from Dominicans. Lets take one step at a time.. Now that there is going to be night landind, our leaders have no choice but to upgrade marigot hospital, fire station and the roads. All these things have to be done to handle emergencies. KEEP MOVIN’ DOMINICA..PROGRESS IS GOOD..ROME WAS NOT BUILD IN A DAY.

  13. oh boy
    August 19, 2010
  14. Just Another Guy On The Street
    August 19, 2010

    @SiangUK:

    EURO 11 Million?? I thought that the whole project was funded by Chavez!! What am I missing in this whole thing?

  15. Just Another Guy On The Street
    August 19, 2010

    @Patat:

    You have summed it up rather well. However I also understands Jepter view as well, which was simply raising a concern or question. Now am not as fluent or eloquent as you are with the details of all the processes that are involved to facilitate night landing, but reading and listening to the Minister he made no mentioned of any issues whatsoever with the test runs, the matter and suggestion in his statement was hey we can start landing tonight. Again am quick to point out that, just maybe he made the statement before LIAT made their own, but from LIAT’s statement it is obvious that there are “issues” and until such time that they are address and rectified there will be no official night landing here in Dominica. Now if LIAT speaks of issues, well lets not talk of AA and the FAA.

    So it is a step forward and in the right direction, but it is certainly far from beating drums and blowing horns, and as always our Ministers gets carried away when they are in front of the mike and media. Keep your feet on the ground Mr. Minister, even if you drinking Red Bull, you ain’t got wings yet!!

  16. YOUT
    August 19, 2010

    Untruths and propaganda have become the norm!!

    The experts are saying “concerns” BLACKMOUTH is saying “Good reviews”

    We are to blind to see ,even those in top offices revert to lies and illusions to get their way.

  17. NEWS LISTENER
    August 19, 2010

    Everything said by the minister is a lie..Night landing is no where close….

  18. Anonymous
    August 19, 2010

    what we need is an international airport. If we can get American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, And others to come to Dominica. The Head tax for each individual on every flight would be better than what we have right now. I can’t see that for so many years something which I feel should have been mandatory to any country is not a priority to the powers that be in Dominica.

  19. WELL
    August 19, 2010

    AMERICAN EAGLE???????????????? HMMM I NOT TO SURE IF THEY WILL JUMP ON IT. THEM MAN SO FUNNY BOY…

  20. angel of DA
    August 19, 2010

    @fang choo: no you stay in de 50 room hotel financed by de morocans, that de gonna build,lol

  21. THUNDER HORSE
    August 19, 2010

    @LIES: You cannot judge someone of lying if you’re capable of the same thing.

  22. REBEL!!...with a cause.
    August 19, 2010

    @REBEL!!…with a cause.: Sorry about that..Correction.should have been…”Stop playing politics with everything that affects their daily lives. They deserve an apology,don’t you think?”.

  23. SiangUK
    August 19, 2010

    @LIES:

    The EU gave Dominica Euro11millions to improve Melville Hall and for it to be Internationally compliant.

    Exacty, what size of “international” airport could be built for Euro11million.

    Before Dominica got this EU grant money, Melville Hall was disgrace to Dominica and Dominicans.

    When something positive is happening or being done, say so.

    So to Mr Blackmore and all involved, down to the ladies making sandwiches for the workers, keep up and continue with the good work .

  24. wellsaid
    August 19, 2010

    Maybe it’s me or probably the difficulty of the English Language, but I do not seem to see any contradiction between what DNOL is reporting LIAT to have said and what the Minister said but as expected there are simply many who would rather not see night-landing for those of us who are frequent-flyers so they can get political mileage. Why does so much has to be about politics and not national development and progress; about what is good for the country. Why do we have to be so negative? Before St. Lucia had an international airport, It had Vigie and night landing on a strip no longer and better placed than Melville Hall. Interestingly, Vigie has had only one approach. Melville Hall can be approached from both ends of the runway.

  25. August 19, 2010

    It would be a great idea if we had first and foremost a well stacked hospital nearby and good roads.
    Anything before these two would spell disaster!!!!!

  26. MARIGOT
    August 18, 2010

    @Meeee2: yes at tax time after that u damn well cannot come stupesss.

  27. Ryon
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat: AMEN, AMEN TO THAT. GOD BLESS THE GOVERNMENT OF DOMINICA.

  28. Ryon
    August 18, 2010

    @interesting: Are you a Pilot to determine that? Dominicans are always full of doubt.

  29. Ryon
    August 18, 2010

    @fang choo: We need to take time, that same minister had mentioned that the roads will be fixed, ROME was’nt built in a day you know, i’m sure that a spanking new highwas will follow.

    We are also going to get a new hotel at Melville hall, so you dont have to drive on the dark winding road.

    Just Chill and have faith. Dominica is getting there.

  30. Ryon
    August 18, 2010

    @REBEL!!…with a cause.: When Night Landing becomes a reality, then your spit will fall in your face, why can’t you guys have faith that this can happen? A resident like you is not worthy to be called a Dominican.

    The concern that LIAT is talking about is with the ECCAA. LIAT did not tell us the problem , it could be minor , but what was discussed behind closed dorrs is only a fraction that all could know.

    I admire the FAITH of our political Leaders, we need more people like them.

    REMEMBER , FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN.

  31. just checking
    August 18, 2010

    Hey guys just have a good look at blackmore and tell me if that azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz h…………le have anything in him to call minister all he can do is dress up and want to look good in people eyes and he dum as a bat runing his mouth like flies and all that come out from it is lies, alas poor dominicans you all want night landed but am sure Skerrit and is Azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz H…..le them not going to flight at night he leaving it for you all the labouries to hang yourselves keep it up bamby go tell best

  32. The Third Side
    August 18, 2010

    Now, why is it that some Dominicans alway view positive things with such pessimism? Why is the opposition always negative towards development…like their is some sinister plot out there.

    If LIAT had said all test passed with A+ and night landing will commence as soon as we can update the Airline Database (the Global Distribution System (GDS) which supports travel agencies and other distribution channels in making reservations for most major airlines in a single system.)…the opposition and naysayers would have said “AT WHAT COST”

    You noticed that is their new word…”AT WHAT COST”

    How are you going to move forward Dominica, if everything positive is treated like some kind of plot….people you all need to grow up.

  33. vibes
    August 18, 2010

    @interesting: they would need to light the whole mountain.,…lol im serious…….but remember mamo….spoke about changing a bulb when its out…lol the kind of equipment needed to get up in the mountain,…

    these folks from ECCA are true proffessional and will never fall prey like proffessionals do in dominica and bend to fit the politictions here..

    they will carry out the workload to the highest degree of proffessionalism..keep they caribbean safe always…..

    LOL IF ECCA was dominican based skerro would have paid them off a few Millons USD TO get certified…lol sorry DASPA you have to go with modern day safety always modules…

  34. LIES
    August 18, 2010

    How can a country move forward when the leaders of the nation are painted,tainted and covered with lying tongues…Mr Blackmore the pilots are still not certain when night landing will become a reality in Dominica,so stop this litany of lies to your unsuspecting followers.Those of us who listen and read we know better,but it does not mean that you can wantonly fool the others..Tell them instead that the money could have been better spent by investing it in an international airport..

  35. REBEL!!...with a cause.
    August 18, 2010

    Well,we’ll .Oh me,Oh my…I just cannot believe these Politicians…
    I have just read that Liat carried out a series of test flights in the night,at Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport,and SEVERAL CONCERNS were identified during the test flights.And the items of concern is to be reviewed with the Regulatory Authorities.
    In other words the test pilots encountered all sorts of problems,and this minister is telling you this nonesense about Pilots giving good reviews….
    Not true!,plain and simple. Listen,we all want the same thing.What’s best for Dominica and the people of Dominica. But we do not have to decieve them in the process. Please do not attempt to play them for fools. They are able to read and write,and have a fairly good understanding of the english language.
    They deserve a bit more than just mere propaganda and lies. Please stop under-estimating, ,undermining and belittling their integrity. Stop playing politics with everything that affects their daily lives.
    Thank you,…and…All the best to you.
    They deserve an apology, don’t you think?

  36. fang choo
    August 18, 2010

    ok, so night landing seems to be becoming a reality…..am i going to drive on this windy narrow, full of pot-holes and valleys road in the middle of the night to Roseau after I land at 10pm? I doh understand why these politicians are just there for a good time, and are not looking at the bigger picture..
    ..this Melville Hall project has been going on for years, why wasn’t a road project from Marigot to Roseau done at the same time?
    I’ll overnight in Antigua and drive on these roads during the day.

  37. Fairplay
    August 18, 2010

    Labour Power!!!!!!

  38. interesting
    August 18, 2010

    blackmoore needs to stop lying. the pilot gave reasons why it wasnt all that good.. he needs to speak the truth but good step. i hope its really successful and why is it that the planes can only come in from the sea??

  39. labelle
    August 18, 2010

    I wonder if the leaders and or members will ever take a night flight. Thanks to the Roosvelt goverment?

  40. Anonymous
    August 18, 2010

    I wonder if the uwp leaders or members will take a night flight, ha ha ha,
    thanks to the Roosvelt Goverment?

  41. I KNOW
    August 18, 2010

    I wonder when these ministers will speak the truth to the people of Dominica..No wonder the country is going nowhere with these people with these egregious lying tongues…

  42. Patat
    August 18, 2010

    @Jepter:

    At no time can that be conflicting. Liat does not make the aviation rules!!!!

    Liat is only a Commercial Airline Carrier and she has to abide by all the protocols that govern aviation within the Caribbean hence the ECCAA presence and the local Authority DASPA who is making the facility (the Airport) available for Airline Carriers with a range of specific Aircraft suitable to the landing and takeoff infrastructure/facilities that is currently available in Dominica.

    Everything the DASPA ( Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority) does at the Airport must pass rigid inspection tests as outlined by the ECCAA and to a much lesser extent the FAA.

    So, radar equipment, radar signature, radio communication equipment, their specific frequency and call sign and procedures must all be reviewed – especially the conduct of the local air traffic controller and the handing over and receiving of air traffic.

    Now additional lighting not only for the runway and surrounding mountain is a must but all round LaPlaine, Castlebruce, Carib Reserve Marigot , Wesley, and WoodfordHill as well must be implemented.

    Statistically the majority of Airline fatalities occur during takeoff and landing but a significant number of crashes occur far away from the Airport facilities as well and so DASPA must have a comprehensive search and rescue plan to assist in the retrieving of injured persons, and that most valuable black box which stores a recording of all flight data on a given aircraft. That plan from DASPA must be vetted with the ECCAA and the necessary budget allocation voted to put these plans in action at a moment notice. As far as the Marigot Hospital is concerned a mobile unit can be on standby in the short term while a contingency facility is put in place since it will not be everyday a plane crash occurs. The existing facility of the Marigot Hospital bears testimony to this point.

    Depending on cost and time for implementation and approval by the ECCAA Night landing can occur anywhere between a minimum of six week to a maximum of 12 months.

  43. knowledge is power
    August 18, 2010

    somebody lieing…because LIAT say they have concerns…which is it Minister Blackmore?

  44. Grand Bayrian
    August 18, 2010

    LOL!! Is the minster reading from a different script?. Tell us what are the concerns, that were identified by the LIAT Pilots?.. Politicians love to paint rosy pictures of everything, tell people the positives and the challenges, stop treating people like they are kids.i

  45. Just wondering
    August 18, 2010

    I am glad for the progress and looking forward to continued development BUT why are there conflicting reports? An article from LIAT claims areas of concern although there were not specific and Blackmore is reporting good reviews. Which is it or is there a combination of both?

  46. August 18, 2010

    Well thank GOD, it is coming to pass. I will not be sleeping in Rico as soon as this is over. US via Rico, but will be home in time for a late broth. Just left D/A on vacation, and i saw the immediate improvement in the airport. Much smoother landing. Go Dominica! And thanks for the improvement. You have been seeing me once a year, that might be improved to twice. All those haters—take that!!!!!

  47. woh
    August 18, 2010

    loool the chief pilot told u? ohh i c…thats not wat the latest report on this matter states. it didnt even look optimistic..all i saw was there were ‘several concerns’…hmmp. mr blackmoore i hate ur use of words…its soo misleading and that is not a good sign at all… i wont say hip hooray or nuttin until i see it happenin..i dont wana b too qwick n then smething else happens :-( !

  48. unbelievable
    August 18, 2010

    I am a little confused as to what the real report is. I just read above that LIAT reported a series of concerns. This headline reads that Blackmore stated that LIAT said it was good and fail to list the concerns. HMMMM.

  49. time traveler
    August 18, 2010

    it’s about time i am sick of overnighting in Antigua or Barbados

  50. MARIGOT
    August 18, 2010

    @Jepter: THANK YOU!!!

  51. MARIGOT
    August 18, 2010

    @Well done: OH PLEZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. MARIGOT
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat: such an azzz, blakmouth is saying one thing the other officials another ,but this DONKEY is talking politic WORKERS VEX about WHAT! who will benefit more? WORKERS OR DOMINICA. JACKAZZZ.

  53. August 18, 2010

    SOME DOMINICIANS ARE JUST LIKE THOSE HAITIANS THEY NEVER SATISFY.SKERRIT IS DOING HIS BEST SO GIVE THE MAN A CHANCES STUPES MAN.

  54. Brenton Hilaire
    August 18, 2010

    Why does the Minister say this when there’s another report of LIAT having concerns about the night landing? And haven’t the government used that line before? “Night landing will be ready in a matter of weeks”. smh

  55. oh boy
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat:
    hey Patat,

    Why does everything get caught in your political web? You are carrying a very heavy emotional load for your party. This does not only go out to you. It goes out to everyone who uses these forums to belittle their fellow country man/woman in the name of political affiliation. The PM is not guiding DLP. He is guiding Dominica. All citizens reap the benefits or misfortune of whomever sits at the throne. From what you are saying, it appears that only DLP’s supporters will be utilizing the airport at night.

    By the way, you cannot be maipuisant, and use God’s name in the same breath. Your load is too heavy. I recognize people like you everyday when I walk the streets of DA – holding on to old idealogy and habits just to get a sense of security.

  56. ISaySo
    August 18, 2010

    Lies and more lies. So how comes Liat has some concerns recently. Blackmoore just says what he wants.

  57. B Stoute
    August 18, 2010

    One small step for the Dominica Labour Party, One Giant Leap for Dominica.
    Finally no more overnighting in Barbados.

  58. STAY TUNED
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat:

    Let me repeat to “patat”

    It is people like you who the DLP rely on to give blind support to their make-belief, exaggerations and lies.

    Please refer to this link to emancipate yourself from mental slavery:

    http://dominicanewsonline.com/liat-identifies-a-number-of-concerns-during-night-landing/

  59. SPM
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat:

    That is why the DLP will continue to have people like you think you’re doing and saying something write…when you are simply repeating anything they say like a big extra world cup size FOOL…lol

    http://dominicanewsonline.com/liat-identifies-a-number-of-concerns-during-night-landing/

  60. Anonymous
    August 18, 2010

    @Jane:
    Happy too!! but i dont want to be in a body bag.
    So it better be save!!

  61. vibes
    August 18, 2010

    @Jepter: Good Link Bro…its time we in Dominica think deeply look at things objectively and stop just listening to Politictions trying to win elections whenever its next held in Dominica….

    They Pilots will never say anything bad to the Dominican Officals its pure common sense they wil share their reviews when they inhouse meetings at ECCA and FAA Levels…

    Dominicans all no that Melville Hall has many negatives than postives over the years..
    Simple lets look at cancelled flights its quite possible Melville Hall leads in terms of heavy rain Low Clouds etc….many factors..

    Come the kid at primary school would know that its not wise to land aircraft only from the sea with massive terrain around including the Giant Mountain ahead……we need to think in Dominica as we are becoming and certified as the Confirmed Jokers in the Eastern Caribbean….

  62. August 18, 2010

    Happy about nite landing but scared of this airport day n nite.good luck for making it happen anyway.

  63. Jepter
    August 18, 2010

    RATHER CONFLICTING COMPARED TO WHAT HAS BEEN WRITEN ELSEWHERE

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, August 18, 2010 – Regional airline LIAT on Tuesday carried out a series of test flights, in the night, at Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport.
    “Several concerns were identified during the test flights and these items will be reviewed with the regulatory authorities,” Director of Flight Operations Capt. George Arthurton said.
    “Even though we have done the test flights, the company still has to complete the evaluation process and obtain the required approvals from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) before we can announce that LIAT can commence commercial night operations into Melville Hall.”
    Officials of the Dominica Government, the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority and the ECCAA were present at the airport for the series of test flights.

  64. True
    August 18, 2010

    Those ministers dere know how to lie eh!

  65. Jane
    August 18, 2010

    Alright!!!!!!! It’s about time. I’m tired of payinig an arm and a leg for a ticket only to overnight in Antigua…wasting a vacation day every year. I’m happy night landing have arrived in Dominica and I know some people don’t like it but we should give it a chance. Improvement and change is not alway bad…that’s a fantastic thing for Dominica. I like, I like, I like…

  66. Patat
    August 18, 2010

    The next level is hurting dem haterzzzzzz.

    That is a working government!!!! And workers blue vex. What a contradiction by those UWP haterszzzz.

    All u would have loved to be on d radio all now so sending condolences to the pilot’s families and complaining.

    Ah boda zot.

    Night landing will be a reality for this Creole Festival God willing. If God says so it will be so if he says not this year but next year then it will be so. One thing I know Skerrit not rushing God. Big man as he is he praying ceaselessly for a better Dominica and he knows that the God above has never failed him yet as long as he stays close to God and not close to the radio talk shows.

    The silence of the majority is louder than the voices of the minority and so this DLP Government has peace of mind while doing its work for a better Dominica for all Dominicans.

    Oh in the midst of the political haterszzz storm we find perfect peace because God is in control and he guides the DLP day by day , day by day. Amen and Amen

  67. lambo
    August 18, 2010

    Again congrats. IT IS ABOUT TIME!!! this could have been done long time.. again Dominica approach is nothing compared to international airports which are build over cliffs or down a hill.. with maximum cross winds… and flights go there everyday..EVERYDAY MEANING DAY AND NIGHT.. Some of you guys need to travel the world to appreciate what you got. We last in everything time to get on board and start passing some places.

  68. HMMM
    August 18, 2010

    Not really sure what on this…. guess its one more step in bring Dominica up to Standard.
    So congratulations, we will get there eventually.

  69. VALDA BRUNO-DURAND
    August 18, 2010

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! we making progress!!!!!!!!!

  70. ras
    August 18, 2010

    but can someone show me the pics of last night! am not leaveing in Dominica!

  71. ras
    August 18, 2010

    This good new, to all the fool who wish Dominica luck! god will bless ours island!

  72. August 18, 2010

    Well done Mr. Minister, we are moving forward sir, not backward.

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