LIAT night landing coming soon

Regional air carrier LIAT may finally begin scheduled night flights to Dominica’s Melville Hall airport in the next few weeks.

The airline’s chief executive officer Brian Challenger told state radio DBS that in “another few weeks, we will be seeing scheduled night landings into Dominica; this certainly is our hope and our goal”.

Dominica ushered in night landing operations at Melville Hall in August 2010 with air carriers LIAT and WINAIR to mark the historic occasion.

LIAT has since then spoken of challenges in finalizing its night schedule for Dominica; however, Challenger said Tuesday, the airline has been in discussions with authorities from Dominica and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) to remedy technical matters.

“There were some technical issues which needed to be sorted out, particularly in terms of the Civil Aviation Authority, that process is well in hand; we’re confident that we are on our way there to a resolution,” Challenger said.

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61 Comments

  1. TeteMorne I from....
    February 3, 2011

    Is Grandbay people fault. LOL

  2. Darna
    February 3, 2011

    A A!!!!!! I hope that come through ASAP, because I want to take my foot for d mass and I dont want to overnight in wadadli or else I will miss out.. :(

  3. Anthony Ismael
    February 3, 2011

    Only one word in this entire statement has any meaning, “May.” I thought this was a done deal with the first Night Landing Flight into Melville Hall a few months ago. Wow!

  4. bata kalinago
    February 3, 2011

    soon still? i thought that was suppose to start since last year september! when will we as dominica open our eyes, and remove the ‘stupid’ shades that we have over them ans see the light,

  5. L Tight
    February 3, 2011

    I understand your concern but many of us are optimistic. MAY must be used because the process is ongoing and there must be satisfaction that your plans are ready to kick off.

    ANOTHER FEW WEEKS, we will be seeing scheduled night landings into Dominica; this certainly is OUR HOPE AND OUR GOAL. Law_Student, these people are professionals and will deal with matters of tenchnology in a tentative manner untill they are satisfied that the reality is at hand.

    I have no qualms with the choice of words.

    • Law_Student
      February 3, 2011

      If I remember correctly, LIAT has to release some of its staff. As I mentioned I would like night landing to become a reality, however, it makes so sense to start to celebrate, then it doesn’t come through as planned. We had a night landing open ceremony last year and of course we saw the set backs.

  6. Law_Student
    February 2, 2011

    ‘Regional air carrier LIAT MAY finally begin scheduled night flights to Dominica’s Melville Hall airport in the next few weeks.’

    The key word here is ‘MAY.’ We have to be careful when we hear these terms. My fellow Dominicans, I would love for us to have night landing; it would ease many inconveniences for our citizens. I pray it comes through and I would like to thank all those who are working very diligently so that it comes through. When or if night landing becomes a reality, every Dominican or foreigner will enjoy the conveniences.

    “ANOTHER FEW WEEKS, we will be seeing scheduled night landings into Dominica; this certainly is OUR HOPE AND OUR GOAL” Once again we see the words that are capitalized are not concrete. Yes we must be hopeful however, we should not celebrate too quickly.

    Thus discussions are ongoing, nothing has been definite. Please my people do not celebrate once again too quickly.

  7. the truth
    February 2, 2011

    i understand what you saying but who is going to maintain an international airport in dominica? do you actually understand the costs? look Antigua need help, and their tourist industry is higher than ours. thing is an international airport is so much money to maintain the government would be making a loss and would probably have to raise taxes or look for a country to maintain it as a favor. and the way dominicans act when countries help us i guess that is out the question completely

    • boss
      February 3, 2011

      thank u very muchthe “the truth” thank u how the hell we goin to maintain this airport. little sxm airport maintaining their airport 1million a month

  8. Hush your mouth
    February 2, 2011

    COMING SOON TO THE AIRPORT NEAR YOU……………………………………….LIAT intends to land after Sunset…………………hehehehehehe

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I know the East is the Best
      February 2, 2011

      joke of the century,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,lol……….made my day. :-D

    • bata kalinago
      February 3, 2011

      a a! a new movie that wi ‘coming soon’

      • sweetness
        February 3, 2011

        lol i landed at 7:10 pm on friday evening on bvi airways wasn’t bad at all , so come on liat u could do it , its about time, i was scared lol lol cause apart from the lights on the airstrip all u see is darkness lmao

        • DOMNICHEN
          February 3, 2011

          LIAT HAS AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE. THEY WAITED FOR THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN THEIR WOULD BE AN INFLUX OF PEOPLE TO THE ISLAND. THAT WOULD BE HUGE PROFIT FOR THEM. I GUESS THEY ARE BEGINNING TO SEE ALL THOSE $$$$$$$ SIGNS.

  9. looking
    February 2, 2011

    many organisations and LIAT…loves playing Football where Authorities are foolish weak timid and totaly ignorant to issues……..

    Dominica is Proud to be leading the way in being Ignorant and always fall prey to pitty games..

    Labour has brought this country to the gutter by playing too many games…wonder when will they stop…the have bought the churches in dominica.. and many dominicans consider and that darkness have taken over light in this world and are fully dosed!!

    • scappy coco
      February 2, 2011

      ok looking where does your point fit in that statement and all i see in you is someone who got the opportunity to learn and because of you being a man before time failed please go educate yourself and come share some intellegent opinions. your damm fooll

      • DOMNICHEN
        February 3, 2011

        Amen to that!!

    • postage
      February 2, 2011

      Looking from your 2nd statement , u showed me straight off u’re an idiot. There was no reason to go through the remaining cause u confirmed it.

    • hj
      February 3, 2011

      when will you people stop embarrassing the country like that

  10. Not excited
    February 2, 2011

    What a waste of money and time. I am not here to poke fun at the Night Landing roller coaster. The attainment of the night landing will not create any significant improvement to our economy. From a novice perspective – I would prefer start with the capability of accommodating air buses while maintaining the LIAT schedule. This is simple logic. If we are to become a formidable competitor in regional tourism the night landing that we are so worked about is not going to take us to where we can compete. The way I see it is that the night landing excitement is only for Dominicans coming home for a fete and are forced to stay overnight in Antigua or Barbados. I am sure that from a business perspective LIAT will not incorporate night flights until the business is there. Come festival and carnival LIAT may extend the courtesy.
    If we demand regular night flights into Dominica then we must be prepared to pay much higher prices simply because LIAT will need to offset the cost of landing costs not withstanding the low volume of passengers destined to Dominica.
    My assessment is based on reality not politics. Even while I hang on to optimism I see the coming of Night Landing as only a capability and not necessarily a transformation of air traffic volume in and out of Dominica. As I embrace optimism I hope that one day the powers that be will take a drink of reality and recognize that our only way out of the doldrums is to build an international standard airport in Dominica.

    • Lady G
      February 2, 2011

      I do agree with u 100%. I think the night flights should be only for events.

  11. One Day
    February 2, 2011

    What;s up with this joking headline again nuh? If it coming let it come.. Ever so often I keep reading a headline “night landing coming soon.” The only time i love that a coming soon headline is when it relates to Jesus.

  12. yout
    February 2, 2011

    ENCORE!!!!!!!!!

    SAY SORT NOU SORT KOR CA NOR!!!!!

  13. Fair and Balance
    February 2, 2011

    I wonder how many of you writing these rediculous comments even completed Elementary School? I`m tired of having to over night in Antigua or Barbados,when I could give that money to my family or spend it in my country. Some of you criticise everything yet contribute nothing to help the country move forward. Enough already, put up or shut up.

    • Lady G
      February 2, 2011

      That is so true

    • I know the East is the Best
      February 2, 2011

      take an earlier flight you fool……….you bound to land at nights then?

  14. Gobeckmore
    February 2, 2011

    Please simply anounce it when LIAT actually lands.
    Headline will then read:
    “Night landing is here!”
    Until then, please leave it alone.

  15. Deoborah
    February 2, 2011

    What was the real purpose of the inaugural flight. If we are talking about passenger traffic there was sufficient need during the creole festival and christmas.

  16. mouth of the south
    February 2, 2011

    well when will the american eagle start night landing,,,, liat is unsure when they’ll begin so i guess the eagle has not plans at all

    • Bill
      February 2, 2011

      Would you want to be on that plane as it flies through the hills at night? The plane doesn’t land from the sea.

  17. P Baron
    February 2, 2011

    I heard a little wisper that WINAIR will soon stop flying into Dominica because LIAT is deliberatingly putting on routes that WINAIR now has (SM -DA). DDA, what is your information on that?

  18. justice
    February 2, 2011

    Let them know truth! I dont know why Dominicans pulling down them selves with politics so. Something can NEVER HAPPEN without them puttin skerrit and his ppl in it. They dont understand there are steps that these ppl have to go through and is not in dominica alone. Lord knows how far these ppl had to go to get this rules and regulations str8……DOMINICANS GROW UP! And like we say better late than never..we getting some where so stop naging. Give alu nothing is a problem give alu someting is a problem give alu sumting a lil late is a problem…..DONT KNW HOW TO PLZ YALL AGAIN!

    • The truth
      February 2, 2011

      Tell me about it. I’m so fed up of this this pathetic attitude in Dominica it’s getting me insane. And look not it have another “the truth” on dno like an imposter and trying to sabotage me

      • Anonymous
        February 3, 2011

        Too much negativity in DA…

    • justice
      February 2, 2011

      The 2 people who vote thumbs down r 2 of the many ppl who do nothing to improve their country and jus stay deh and critisize.

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      February 2, 2011

      I totally agree. Some have made a profession of it.

  19. The Truth
    February 2, 2011

    U mean to tell me that night landing still in transit?

    Coming soon AGAIN?

    I wonder how those people that went up Marigot in the celebration feel…

    I wonder how all those who came here with 200 plus comments all excited after the big showdown in Marigot feel…

    LOL….Coming soon….westay la……SOT

    • The truth
      February 2, 2011

      I wonder where u get the name the truth. Hope u not trying to sabotage my positivity.

      • Now I know
        February 2, 2011

        Your truth sound like you are in a bottomless pit rolling in mud.

    • One Day
      February 2, 2011

      That was my first sentiment. “Coming Soon Again?”

  20. CC
    February 2, 2011

    I will believe it when i see it

  21. lady
    February 2, 2011

    Definition of SOON. 1. a obsolete : at once : immediately b : without undue time lapse : before long <soon …
    mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soon –

    How long have we been hearing soon? hmmm seems to me that soon is becoming much overused around here…. LOL you know ….like diaspora

  22. Looking in from the outside.
    February 2, 2011

    For real?
    Night landing coming soon? AGAIN?
    What a waste of a joke.
    Can we have new jokes please? I fed up with that one

  23. The truth
    February 2, 2011

    Dcans really need to learn how to let go of politics and grow up eh. I’m here saying this everyday. I dot understand how people who use the Internet are backward thinking. Do some researh before talking.

    Liat and Dominica gov are two separate entities. Liat will land in Dominica at night as lon as Dominica can continuously full up the aircrafts. Afterall it is a profit run organisation. Dominica gov has no say in how Liat run their airline apart from if they put a ban on them.

    Now y would the government go through all that problems to bring night landing and not look for it to be done round the clock? I mean it is getting embarrassing the way some Dominicans think jus because their mind is so utterly clouded by politics. Shameful!

    Plus, any project in the world has rewards and set backs. People saying so long they day night landing blah blah. Every project has to be right before the opening and their are aviation rules to follow. Take a simple project like buildin your home. When u think u complete building that’s when u discover u have problems that need addressing. It will set u bk both moving in time and extra costs. And that’s with most projects.

    So Dominicans, my people, my brothers and sisters. Please grow up and read, travel if u can and enlighten yourself so your statements are more accurate and mature.

    And I know that here are signs of corruption in Dca, I can’t say yes or no because no hard eveidence, facts or convictions have been brought against anyone. So I’m watching and commenting on the good when I see it

    • Lady G
      February 2, 2011

      very backward

  24. More propaganda
    February 2, 2011

    and the fairytale story goes on.

  25. aye
    February 2, 2011

    *****/////// just another gimic by the Government. This is night landing will only be for events and celebrations like carnival and worl creole music festival. Dominicans open our minds and do what we are good at. (suspecting)

    • The All Seeing Eye
      February 2, 2011

      Yes we must all follow your ethos and continue to be backward and remain living in the dark ages.
      Stop smelling rats and try coming out of your cave occasionally to breath fresh air and see the lights of the future!

      Peace.

  26. The truth
    February 2, 2011

    And there u have it. The airline deliver on it’s promise and the government (doesn’t matter which one) made a way for Dominica to move

    Now I don’t care how liat come when I’m in transit. I know I must get home and that’s the main thing. Wel done to the people who made this possible

  27. mac
    February 2, 2011

    That record seems to be stuck, how many more times are we going to hear LIAT going to Land at night in Dominica

    • The All Seeing Eye
      February 2, 2011

      So what would you rather have? Would you prefer for them to rush into launching this service with total disregard for all matters of required standards and procedure not to mention safety and the additional training of all their pilots for them to become better experienced with the Dominica terrain challenges!!

      Why can’t we all be a little more positive and try and move forward together.

      Peace.

      • ...
        February 2, 2011

        Well, “the all seeing eye”, they should have made sure all this was in place before they decided to make this big show with night landing.

        • Anonymous
          February 2, 2011

          I agree, my first comment was ” Again”???????

      • The truth
        February 2, 2011

        Some people just lack common sense and the means to stop being bias. That’s all. Politics in Dominicans killing their judgement and as a result they killing their own country by refusing to contribute towards its development. Governments don’t develop countries, investirs and it’s people do. Governments can only give a means for success. It’s up to the people to use it. And from the look of it, and although it is sad, yes many domincans challenged when it comes to common sense

        • wonder
          February 2, 2011

          I agree with you

        • Now I know
          February 2, 2011

          You are so right. Politics is the order of the day. While some work to remain in office, some asked for things and if they noticed that it may be forthcoming they turn around and say” oh you see now they doing this or so long we should have had that.” We are just so politically sick in this country that it ;s not funny at all. God help us.

        • Anonymous
          February 3, 2011

          say it again…

      • Lady G
        February 2, 2011

        tell them again

        • Anonymous
          February 3, 2011

          Every day is election in Dominica..give a rest people.

      • Anonymous
        February 3, 2011

        Dominicans can never be positive….The question is what are they going to say when night landing begins?

  28. Lady G
    February 2, 2011

    Long overdue

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