Minister for Ports Rayburn Blackmoore has indicated that the addition of Venezuelan Airline CONVIASA to the list of airlines coming to Dominica will significantly boost the number of visitors coming to the island on nighttime flights.
The minister was speaking at a press conference marking the airline’s re-introduction into Dominica, after the inaugural flight yesterday.
Blackmoore stated, “I want to give the Dominican public and our well wishers overseas the assurance that notwithstanding all the skeptics, including those who call themselves ‘Citizen’s Forum For Good Governance’ as to our ability to attract night flights to this facility. Thus far we have been able to attract 2,733 passengers by way of night flights and we can only do better in time to come.”
He went on to breakdown the carriers that currently service the country at night, even pointing out that LIAT has been assisted in its service since the enhancement of the airport to include night landing facilities.
Blackmoore said, “WinAir has brought in 2,104 passengers, by way of night flights through St Martin, providing there[by] an important hub from North America. And BVI Airways, using the same route, has been able to bring in 251 passengers. Our main regional carrier LIAT, notwithstanding the fact that they don’t have a scheduled arrangement for night flights, have brought in 778 passengers. We look forward to the day when LIAT will have a scheduled arrangement.”
CONVIASA will provide bi-weekly service between Dominica, St Vincent and Venezuela on Tuesdays and Thursday, arriving in Dominica at 6:05 pm on both days.