New radar system installed at Douglas Charles Airport

Bardouille said the radar system was donated by a friendly organization
Bardouille said the radar system was donated by a friendly organization

A brand new radar system has been installed at the country’s main airport Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille has announced.

He told state-owned DBS Radio that the system has the ability to detect aircraft as high as 60,000 feet.

“We have just installed a brand new radar system at the airport which I must say was provided to us by some friendly organization after Erika and it affords us the ability to be able to see aircraft as high as 60,000 feet,” he said.

He further stated that the new system can “see” up to 250 nautical miles out to sea.

Bardouille noted that in terms of security at the airport, DASPA has employed the services of Winston Laville.

“He provides training to the security on a quarterly basis, we bring security officers in and try to re-establish within them the various international protocols that are required,” he explained.

He noted that customer service is very important at Douglas Charles Airport.

“I think it is important for us more than anything that we need to ensure that persons who come to Dominica, be it they come from the Diaspora, be it Dominicans returning, or be it visitors who are coming to the island, have a pleasant experience when they are coming,” he stated.

He also said that authorities at the airport want to ensure those who leave Dominica, do so with memories.

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  1. Artfield Bristol
    January 6, 2016

    Is there any project that was undertaken by Dominica solely? It seems to me everything that is done in that country is coming from outside. What is Dominica doing for itself?

    • Me
      January 6, 2016


    • weemama
      January 6, 2016

      Artfield Bristol : Would not it be good if you and your big head could develop something good for Dominica :?: instead of criticism come on that is all you lots can do. :twisted:

    • Be Reasonable.
      January 7, 2016

      All islands in the Caribbean are BEGGING. Look UWP was getting investors as well to improve Dominica so, all of us are beggars.

  2. A Word
    January 6, 2016

    It is so sad how Dominican people are so small minded and get off by celebrating mediocrity. An airport cannot function adequately without a proper radar system, therefore we assume that if the airport passes the necessary standards to operate then its radar system is good enough. Why am I celebrating the fact that you now have something that I already assumed that you had in place? To compound this colloidal disappointment, people are commenting on the fact that the donor was not mentioned by name; clearly this is of greater importance than the fact that maybe our airport could have been operating without proper radar? I don’t know man. We have such sweet, intelligent people in Dominica; why do we just insist on living up to the “small island people” stereotype and embarrass ourselves publicly in so many ways and in so many places? Come on Dominicans, it’s for you all to start owning the blessings that God gave you!

  3. Be Real !!
    January 6, 2016

    winston laville – a man who was trained with special forces and other great aspects is being sent to beef up security at the airport… while we have a man called the police commissioner who cant make sound decisions or write a proper report. winston laville or his brother paul laville are men who have done policing and are able to fill better seats in the force. we need to deploy our qualified ppl better than that… this is just so outrageous

  4. Tumble, backkick
    January 6, 2016

    That is the problem with you all, All you fellas created all classes of Dominicans; those from the Diaspora, those returning home, those all you bartered people passport with, those in milk and honey and those that sucking salt. Man people is people , you donot need a radar to be courteous.
    Please prepare for interview before parlaying margie.

  5. Tj
    January 6, 2016

    Let our main carrier at the airport know of the arrival of the reader dystem. Maybe that may help to improve their services to DA.

  6. January 6, 2016

    Very happy and proud, Mr. Bardouille, to learn of our new radar system. I read with interest several constructive suggestions.

    In Europe, I was impressed with washroom attendants. They are posted at the doorway to assist in any way. Their presence deters would-be vandals from defacing or mis-using the facility. Frustrating to use a stall out of paper or a sink out of hand soap. Attendants they are right there to fix that. Visitor see your washrooms – not your radar.

    At golf clubs, attendants carry a little tray with common colognes and hand lotions. People have to tumble out of bed to make it to the airport in time for first flight. An inviting washroom goes a long way in letting patrons feel refreshed as they wait for their flight. Attendants need to be truly courteous, friendly and helpful. Grateful visitors often tip for good service. Some of that can go toward re-stocking supplies.

    For pleasant memories & revisits, Mr. Laville’s security & new radar: great! Courtesy:…

  7. Anthony P. Ismael
    January 5, 2016

    Another DLP Mouth Piece talking rubbish as usual. My memories are checking in with my bags, then walking outside to pay departure tax in a little foul cage-like window then stepping back through another door to clear security in the rain. Why not create a walk through so that once you enter the airport, you are not required to walk in the rain to enter the departure lounge? I’m not sure which one of the DLP cronies got the contract, but to spend 110 million dollars and then build this piece of crap is vexing and a black eye on Dominica’s present and future.

    • Be Reasonable.
      January 7, 2016

      You know what your problem is? You are full of NEGATIVE ENERGY. Old people like you have supported years of mediocrity from all those Governments that served Dominica. When they were planning to build an International Airport, you all protested like some HIPPIES and now you want to blame this present administration? The people to be blamed are all those who were there before because Bardouille is doing a Damn good Job soo far and he must be commended. All you can do is post on DNO. BE REASONABLE FOR ONCE.

  8. RastarMarn
    January 5, 2016

    Marn pray mista-dem come and read this information that’s presented here, and have dialog with people to make readers feel like them in Power have the moral compass to do things for the benefit of inhabitants on Dominica and those intended to come to Dominica,,,

    Could someone please explain what mista trying to say when he say this: “I think it is important for us more than anything that we need to ensure that persons who come to Dominica, be it they come from the Diaspora, be it Dominicans returning, or be it visitors who are coming to the island, have a pleasant experience when they are coming,” he stated.

    He also said that authorities at the airport want to ensure those who leave Dominica, do so with memories”

    How is a friggin radar system suppose to change the experience of someone coming and leaving Dominica???
    Curious to know what experiences people had before this system was donated and installed???

    Mista-dem alway talking like dey doh know…

  9. Face the Facts
    January 5, 2016

    Not only memories but good, pleasant memories.

  10. %
    January 5, 2016

    Man stop blurting crap to people.Is what we have at Melvillehall an airport? THIS COUNTRY IS frittering away too much money.It’s a crying shame and disgrace that the clowns in the DLP only mention the words International airport during the election season to their fools. Any mini Erika will continue to wreck havoc with the airport….After 16years, I can Say with authority that the Skerrit lead DLP, has been the Caribbeans greatest tsunami,and generations to come are already condemned into poverty and indigency.They will continue to SUCEY SEL according to Skerrits friend Baronnes Scotland vulgar and rumshop language used to describe a section of our population.Bardouille what about the burnt communication tower.Did Skerrit report to the police who burnt it?He said to the world that he knew!)

    • MIA
      January 5, 2016

      % Negative, be more positive in 16…………….. you are better than that!

    • Be Reasonable.
      January 7, 2016

      Is so they’re negative in their thinking. The older generation in Dominica deterred us from having an International Airport, they even opposed the Heineken Beer Factory so we are paying for mismanagement in the past because at that time we had a bunch of hippies in Dominica who opposed infrastructural development so don’t blame the present administration. They are trying and i’ll give them my full support.

  11. Wish I Was There
    January 5, 2016

    Bardouliie said: “We have just installed a brand new radar system at the airport which I must say was provided to us by some friendly organization after Erika and it affords us the ability to be able to see aircraft as high as 60,000 feet”
    Why can’t this ‘friendly organization’ which donated such a valuable piece of instrument be named? Does everything in Dominica has to be so secretive? It’s beneficial to ALL.

    • anonymous2
      January 5, 2016

      It probably has something do do with the UN.

    • DA Native in Texas
      January 5, 2016

      @ Wish I Was There??..Not all of us like our names being called when we make donations..

    • Face the Facts
      January 5, 2016

      Some things are better left unsaid.
      Do the public have to know everything? Some of you are too nosy. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      You want to know everything; poking your nose all the time as if you are the government.
      How much help have you given to Dominica and how much help you intend to provide?
      I am not stating that you should not be curious. Anyone would be. However, what will it benefit you to know? What do you have to lose not knowing?
      You must comprehend there are times it is not necessary for the public to know everything.

    • January 6, 2016

      There are some donars who would like to remain anonymous and that has to be respected.

  12. January 5, 2016

    why they refused to reveil the name of friendly organization, It seems to me that friendly organization is an enemy to some other countries.

    • Face the Facts
      January 5, 2016

      Did you mean “reveal?”

  13. MIA
    January 5, 2016

    Mr. Bardouille with due respect to you when come to customer service at the airport the rating is very low. service starts from the outside: (1) the restaurant at the airport should be for the customers and not for the public and that would let me wonder what’s our security like! (2) The immigration/ departure tax should have a credit card machine at all times, (3) The employees needs to understand what is (CUSTOMER SERVICE), and continuous training in that field I would advance, (4) The restrooms both in and out does not meet an airport standard, (5) The entering and exiting Dominica is a big part of customer service.
    All of your customers are partners in your mission -Shep Hyken I would just like to see customer service starts at the AIRPORT which is the first impression of every country………………..

    • MIA
      January 5, 2016

      Typo……………advice and not advance :lol:

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 5, 2016

      Yep Mia, our customer service is lousy and I don’t blame visitors if they feel we resent them coming here. Imagine you check in for your flight then you have to go outside to some hole in a glass where you can not even see the person to pay a departure tax. Only lagan chese they want, dollars, our own or U.S. nothing else, not a debit card or credit card. That looks more like racket to me but in any case is worse than third country. As for that restaurant, you can not even get a decent cup of coffee there but they want to boast about a coffee plant? What for if we can not even promote our own coffee at the airport. And the food is crap, unimaginative at high prices. I rake my own sandwich you know because Liat does not even give you a biscuit or a peanut anyway and the prices in Antigua at that Big banana place are exorbitant. They can stick that big banana in a place where the sun dont shine. I am really pissed of with that local flying experience. We are not all VIP you know.

    • Me
      January 6, 2016

      Yes Sir, that restaurant is more like a works cantine. And they switch on only one AC to save money (read, improve profits).

  14. dissident
    January 5, 2016

    how does this relate to the $41 million figure to restore the airport to pre august 27 2015.
    You could have made the connection.
    Who is de contractor working at the airport anyway

    • Da massive
      January 6, 2016

      That 41 million is an inflated figure

  15. Shameless
    January 5, 2016

    Which “friendly” government? If you get such important equipment from a friendly government why are you afraid of saying it? Is it because it is from an unscrupulous thief holding our passport? I love the idea that a radar system of such capabilities has been installed at Melvillehall, but for heaven sake; who is the” friendly government” that love us so much that they are bestowing the equipment on us?

    Please Mr. Bardouille, inquiring minds want to know! :twisted: :twisted:

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 5, 2016

      But give mr. Bardouille his due. He said friendly organization, not friendly government. That could be anyone really, even that catholic order of which Roosevelt Skerrit is a knight, so they can keep an eye on him when he comes and goes Who knows.

  16. vegnag
    January 5, 2016

    60,000 feet?? bravo coco! I guess when liat late they can’t hide we will see them even if they go 60,000 feet.

    • lol
      January 6, 2016

      :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: that one take me

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