Night flights soon a reality at Melville Hall Airport

Work being done on the runway extension project in March 2008.

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Dominica’s main airport will be able to accommodate night landings for the first time starting next month, Ports Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has said.

He said that a team from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has arrived here to inspect facilities at the Melville Hall Airport, north of here, following a report by the International Civil Aviation Authority that the facility was ready to accommodate night-time air traffic.

Blackmoore said an Airport Facility and Instrument Procedure expert from the Mexico-based regional office conducted a study within the past month and decided that the upgraded facility fulfills international requirements.

“The expert has found that the airport facility and air navigation facility have satisfied civil aviation standards and he has therefore recommended that Melville Airport is ready for night landing,” he said, adding that the team from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Authority would now conduct the requisite inspection to verify the results of the previous study.

“Once that is done we have to ensure that we inform all the airline operators that Dominica is ready for night operations. We are trying to ensure that this publication goes out by the end of the month so if that happens we have to have at least 28 clear days.

“We are hoping by the end of the May to have the green light for night landing and of course the requisite upgrading; that is moving from a solely visual airport to an instrumental rule airport,” Blackmoore said.

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135 Comments

  1. kenkhan
    February 11, 2011

    Some times Limo service is cheaper than taxis for airport rides. So next time when you travel call few limousine services and you will be surprised to know that the rates are not that high as compaired to Taxi, most of the time its a few dollars more than a taxi and some times even less than a taxi. Some of the limo service providers offer shares rides and they are deffinetly cheaper than cab.
    Give it a try and you will be surprised !!

  2. air rudolpho
    September 20, 2010

    i agree with you i would do it once officials say it

  3. Anonymous
    July 15, 2010

    Does anyone have an update on the progression of night landing. As I recall the PM indicated last January night landing would soon begin. However the word (soon) was not defined with a possible time frame.

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2010

    ok so its been 28 days where is the night landing

  5. mrsjoseph
    May 21, 2010

    i reading what everyone had to say and some of it is so bad i cant even believe is dominicas that making these commets eh. i think night flights are a good idea because i hate having to wait so long to get back home just because we dont have night flights so all who are haters towards this move your self an im sure most of you are not in dominica so stay where u dey an nah cum bac epecailly on night flights. take this. die hard dominican signing out

  6. guadaman
    May 4, 2010

    As i read through these comments,i realize that some of those who write these comments are realy sick and stupid,i think that those who give these comments have either never traveled or are real haters of Dominica and its advancement. The minister said that the specialists have given their verdicts,and these specialists are not skerritites,so for Gods sake let dominica move on,there is always a level of uncertainty,in everything you are doing for the first time,but there must be a time to jump in the water ,so my wish is that my country prosper,and may God bless Dominica;

  7. Noname
    May 1, 2010

    Nazarene,You could not have agreed with you more.As a D/can away for most of my adult life,I often wonder what would have been my mind set had i remaind on island
    We D/cans( if I am permitted to say so as i am labelled diasporan like an Alien) accept mediocracy all the time begining with the people WE ALLOW to present themselves& the respective parties thrust upon us. Look at the head of our Gov’t for example( handicupped verbally and morally) holds a french and D/can Passport and incapable at both main languages not even patois the sucker can speak. But it is said he majored in English and Psychology( dat dumb ass??) He reminds me so much of Instru the former UWP leader. listen to the other verbally challenge one on the west coast/mahaut why these guys bother to come forward? I can’t get my head around this phenomenon.
    That having been said: My suggestion goes as follows: The first night landing flight should be by the complete cabinet and opposition alike inclusive of the speaker of the House.Amost forgot maynard, Prevost the one who has been dancing around with parties in Power the advisors, the lawyers who flanked the P.M in the photo when they were return to office.
    If there’s space left I suggest we put ITASSI florida on the list for being an AH talking about 1982.What kind of fool are you ITASSI? we are now in 2010 anyone born then is now 28 yrs of age. what did you smoke before making your contribution?
    Now back to this maiden night landing- I hope it over shoot and the team can swim.Let’s listen to Tim saying it was just a little over shoot. that is assuming he survives. lol!
    SIANGUK takes the cake you sound like ur name:What did you say? technology has moved on? ya right it sure has but apparently no you. Most crashes are they only due to pilot error? what about the technology the gliches?Isn’t there always need for a human role/pilot just as the instru to correct possibilities?
    Some AH suggested guys like XY & Z etc these guys have not ben in a pilot seat seat since god knows when. one is even up by charter how do you hope to get him out to fly at night? lol!
    These were said as serious jokes with a great deal of sincerity and subjectivity.
    take home message/summary we are not ready this is pure mediocracy.I f we are embacking on something let’s do it right the first time around. Before we can reach that level(smile) we need to get rid of all the bull and it boils down to the current leadership and opposition alike lets begin on a new page.All the night landing etc we can take care post irradication of the causes of our backwardness.

    • May 2, 2010

      Noname it looks like the PM took your woman from you, you acting like a complete AH. You hold a Dominican and can’t even fix your Grammar. Give Dominica time to get it’s blessing of an International Airport, People like you are too hasty. The same set of Israelites like you would say that the PM put a white elephant on your hands.

      No matter what Government, Dominicans will always be ungrateful.
      The PM and his cabinet is always in my prayers, No weapon formed against the development of Dominica and it’s Government shall prosper and all those who rise up against them shall fall and you can attest to the fact that it’s happening already.

  8. airline man
    May 1, 2010

    all u dminicans too negative.all u landing st.vencent at nights with no complains and melvillehall airstrip is much longer than st vincets airstrip and at least we have the options of landing from both ends of the runway where as in st vincent u can only land from the sea.in case u guys didnt read the article u should do so properly and seek info.there will be instruments landing available where as presently its visual.

  9. Nazarene
    April 30, 2010

    Papa Bon Dieu,

    As if Canefield is not enough of a concern with the wind sheer issues, etc, now we have to worry about Melville Hall. I guess the Govt. ise looking for a deposit in the Coconut trees, the pilots have enough problems navigating in the day under God’s brilliant sunlight -everytime we are approaching Melville Hall, my stomach goes into knots. Just tkink, if they overshoot that runnway by the smallest margin, where would that plane end up? This is not an acceptable solution for an international airport. Caribbean people are too much in the mindset of patching and repairing. Dominica needs a fully viable international airport with all the bells anf whistles. Those of you who are congratulating the Government, put party politics aside for a moment and consider the poor pilots and crew who are going to be putting their lives in jeapordy when they are scheduled to do these flights. Every flight would have to be at the mercy of the Almighty God. At least the passengers have an option to fly or not, but for the crew -this could come down to them having a job or not. People lives should not be tested in this way. I think we are getting like other cultures, using people as guinea pigs in the name of progress. Some things cannot be fixed and improved on, and I believe we have to be conscious of these situations. This airport needs to be replaced.
    May God bless you all!

    • yes i
      May 2, 2010

      all u want international airport & allu dnt have enough hotel to accomodate tourist!! where allu goin to put them???? in the one & only hotel ”fort young”???or on allu mother bed??come on!! when a gvtment put & international airport it’s becauz they can afford payin back the loans & so!! skerrit thinkin well ,he knw things are comin slowly & surely,, skerro u a wise man ” night landin is the best for now”!!!!!.
      so when things catch up, tourist start to flow then we’ll be able to think about international airport becauz more money will be invest in dominica!!
      not becauz allu c other caribbean countries have international airport to envy!!
      take allu time!!! dominica is difficult to invest! taxes r so high( 59 EC to leave dominica, the highest in theentire caribbean) dat investors r fraid! but give the gvtment time to see if the project will be a good thing then we’ll star to progress together!!

  10. Joker
    April 29, 2010

    Talking about landing from the sea…. here is a busy airport ON a MOUNTAIN with only one chance landing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqgZvb37NX0

  11. April 29, 2010

    Good job Mr.PM and the gov;nt of DA..Even though it’s not an international airport but the fact that flights will b able to enter DA at nites is a plus…this will ease the burden for travelers who get stranded in pueto rico and Antigua…
    On the other hand i must say that the maigot Roseau road needs fixing ..the road is way too narrow and for the people who live in the roseau area or the south of the island it’s a very long tiring drive..the road needs to b expanded and this will make traffic run more quickly and smoothly…
    Congrats again..DA is getting dere, slowly but surely..God bless u Mr.PM!!!

    • natural girl
      May 4, 2010

      Night Landing is a great start. But I agree with you Tamms. The road from Marigot to Roseau needs to be fixed. It is too narrow. The government should fix the road from the Airport to Roseau. The road needs improvement before we can think of an International Airport.

  12. LOOK AT THIS!!!!!
    April 29, 2010

    PEOPLE IF YOU GUYS TRAVEL OR AT LEASE USE THE INTERNET TO LEARN NEW THINGS OTHER THAN FACEBOOK OR MESSENGER YOU GUYS WOULD KNOW THAT THERE ARE PLACES IN THE WORLD WITH WAY WORSE LANDINGS THAN DOMINICA!

    AND I HOPE WHEN YOU ALL GET THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, YOU ALL HAVE PASSENGERS FOR THE AIRLINES!!!!

    THE CRUISE SHIP TOURISTS ARE WAY DIFFERENT THAN STAY OVER TOURIST!

    DOMINICA HAS NO ACCOMODATION FOR THESE PEOPLE THATS WHY CRUISE PASSENGERS ARE SO ABUNDANT…. THEY COME SPEND A FEW HOURS AND LEAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOOK AT THESE VIDS:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTjrE32bhks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1PY_7GNfIw

  13. ITASSI IN FLORIDA
    April 29, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS ROOSEVELT!!!!!!!!!AT LAST, NIGHT LANDINGS. WHETHER BY MOUNTAINS OR BY SEA, YOU MADE THAT POSSIBLE. I FLEW INTO BEEF ISLAND, TORTOLA, FROM PUERTO RICO IN 1982, WITH MY HEART IN MY HANDS AND SWORE NEVER AGAIN. I DID GO BACK TO TORTOLA BUT LANDED IN ST. THOMAS AND TOOK THE BOAT. NO AIRPORT IS SAFE AND EVERY AIRPORT IS. DO YOU PEOPLE THINK THAT FORT LAUDERDALE, MIAMI, ORLANDO, ATLANTA, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA OR WHEREVER YOU DECIDE TO LAND IS SAFER? CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN; KEEP BELIEVING AND KEEP PRAYING THERE ARE MOORE GOOD THINGS TO COME. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ROOSIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Mal Parlay
    April 29, 2010

    Hooray !!! No more overnighting in Antigua and Puerto Rico when comming or leaving D/a.

  15. BB
    April 29, 2010

    Those who oppose: Your opposition will not change the fact that night landing will happen. Suck it up. If you choose not to travel on the night flights, so be it. It is your choice. I’m sure which ever airlines choose to land at night will have passengers on board.

  16. sadden
    April 29, 2010

    second time WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE SO NEG………WAKE UP IF YOU AND THE REST DONT WANT TO LAND IN THE NIGHT SO BE IT LEAVE IT TO US WHO WANT AND SHOUT THE F……. UP.EVERY ORTHER COUNTRIES TRY WAYS TO IMPROVE THEM SELF SO DOMINICA SHOULD STAY IN THE END OF THE LINE NO NO NO WAY TO GO MY PPL WELCOME DOMINICA I AM ALL THE WAY WITH YOU HAVE YOUR MONEY NEG…. PPL WELL TAKE YOUR HOTEL SPEND ANOTHER DAY AT ANTIGUA THAT FINE BUT LEAVE THE NIGHT LANDING TO THE PPL WHO LOVE CARE AND LOOKING AND WORKING FOR ARE BETTER DOMINICA.

  17. sadden
    April 29, 2010

    congrats to all who have made this project a succes i am so happy for my country and for all the stay over passengers who use to over night in antigua,and all the orther problem which we had to endure i would wish to be on the frist flight when it landed and to say i was there to see a really good thing that happen to my country.again a job well done to all and may the good lord continue to bless this nature island my loving country dominica am so proud to be,god bless you all.

  18. john
    April 29, 2010

    If the current conditions at the airport were to reman the same we would have another thing to say about our administration now there has been progress we have become plagued by our tiny winy stinking thinking/.

  19. April 29, 2010

    I agree with Thunder Horse, Dominica realised their inefficiency and they improved their facility, thanks to Skerritt, it is clearly not an Airline Issue, it is a Dominica Airport issue. LIAT could have called it quits on Dominica even American Airlines but these two remained to ensure that Dominica was accesible.

    I HOPE THAT WITH THE NIGHT LANDING THAT LIAT AND AA WILL INCREASE FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF DOMINICA. MAY GOD BLESS MELVILLE HALL AIRPORT, LIAT AND AMERICAN.

  20. john
    April 29, 2010

    Any progress to Dominica’s infrastucture is worth honoring, and for those who fearful and skeptic about night landing will have a different response when that accomodation is utilized in time.
    I think the next focus ahould be a hotel accomodation at the airport that represents the true Dominican flavor and to continue to upgrade those fascilities to make to overall accomodation exellent, any type of progress should be celebrated and commmended.
    I remember when we used to walk to Roseau, now we drive.The night landing accommodation is definitely a step up especially for us who live in the US and want reach our homeland as soon as we say bye to Noreth America.
    One more thing when we buid the Hotel at the airport we will take away all the fear of driving at night because we will be sleeping in m marigot for the first time instead of PR AT SL VI or other places

    • impress
      April 29, 2010

      i will be the one to build the hotel way papa

  21. April 29, 2010

    THIS IS A DOMINICA ISSUE AND NOT A LIAT NOR AA ISSUE, SO PLEASE KEEP LIAT OUT OF OUR MOUTHS FOR THAT. I am sick and tired of dominicans bashing those faithful airlines damn ungratefull sets of people.

    Dominica had to clean up it’s act to provide Instrument landing and a proper facility for Airlines to operate, now LIAT don’t have to add extra insurance to land at a poorly constructed facility, the services will be improved.

    Just be thankful that you all will have options and don’t bash LIAT, WHEN U SPIT IN THE AIR IT WILL FALL RITE IN YOUR FACES, PERHAPS YOU WILL NEED A BOAT TERMINAL WHEN ALL AIRLINES QUIT FROM DOMINICA HA HA HA.

    LEARN TO APPRECIATE WAT YOU HAVE. LIAT IS NOT A BUS FARE FROM MELVILLE HALL TO ROSEAU.

  22. April 29, 2010

    WOW WOW WOW.

    Everybody is an aviation expert and airport engineer now.
    TOO Much talk, no work.
    We move from NOWHERE to SOMEWHERE… and what happens????….

    GOOD LUCK DOMINICA!!!!!

  23. MEEEEEE2
    April 29, 2010

    i AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS PIECE OF NEWS, i HOPE THAT IN THE SUMMER, AA EAGLE WILL HAVE MORE THAN 1 FLIGHT TO THE ISLAND, BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE A CHOICE OF WHAT TIME TO FLY. WONDERFULFUL

  24. ti garcon
    April 29, 2010

    poeple!! these days there are technology in place to send people to the moooon!!! . so i don’t see the
    fuss and naivity made by the negative thinking of some persons. i saw comments saying that they will not land melvillehall at night because of the mountains.. let me ask you all this.. is it only one end of the runway you can land???? what about landing from the sea side?? i’ve landed from the sea side once.. so obviously people don’t you think that those experts in aviation no what they are doing?
    and the road to roseau is not that bad.. i have family in marigot and visit frequently, frankly i find the road okay. so stop complaining.

  25. Dlp leader
    April 29, 2010

    Resonse to Sainguk.

    At daylight the aircraft computer in the dash 8 shouts

    “pull up! pull up!pull up! Pull up!….”

    Who will over ride the computer at night?

    To all the landing?

    Ask any pilot who flies in at day.

  26. Anonymous
    April 29, 2010

    YOU NEED ADMIRAL MICHEAL MULLEN ADN ADMIRAL GARY ROUGHEAD AND GENERAL JAMES CONWAY GENERAL JAMES CARTWRIGHT GENERAL GEORGE CASEY JR , COLONEL THOMAS DAVERSON CAPTAIN RODRICK PORTER SERGEANT MICHEAL SAMPLE AND CHIEF JOSEPH GADUETT JR AND SENATOR ADDSION MITCH MCCONNEL ON THE IS PROJECT I HOPE ITS DONE BY THE 28 OF MAY ROOSVLET SKERRIT

  27. uwp
    April 29, 2010

    We are the 3 blind-mice. We do not know what to do.

    Shall we go in the house?

    Shall we stay away from the house???

  28. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    April 29, 2010

    Dose LIAT have any plans to increase the size of its aeroplanes? Dominica may not need to worry about the larger aeroplanes for now, if LIAT increases the size of its fleet? Are they due to replace their aged aeroplanes? Are there other aeroplanes for sale with better fuel efficient engines and less hours flown?

  29. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    April 29, 2010

    An international airport is an airport typically equipped with customs and immigration facilities to handle international flights to and from other countries. Such airports are usually larger, and often feature longer runways and facilities to accommodate the large aircraft commonly used for international or intercontinental travel. International airports often host domestic flights (flights which occur within the country) in addition to international flights. In many smaller countries most airports are international airports, so the concept of an “international airport” has little meaning. In certain countries however, there is a sub-category of limited international airports which handle international flights, but are limited to short-haul destinations (often due to geographical factors) or are mixed civilian/military airports.
    Many airports with regularly scheduled international service have the word “International” in their official names, but others, including such major airports as London Heathrow Airport, Detroit Metropolitan and Wayne County Airport do not. Conversely, some airports which call themselves international airports, especially in smaller United States cities, in fact have no scheduled international airline passenger service but do have customs and immigration facilities serving charter, cargo and general aviation flights. At many of these airports customs and immigration services are only available with several hours advance notice. One example of such an airport is Gerald R Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A few, such as Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gray, Indiana, are in fact not international airports at all; they are not designated as airports of entry but aspire to become such in the future and added “international airport” to their names as a marketing tool.
    Other airports which previously served international flights now serve primarily domestic flights (international traffic having been redirected to a newer, larger airport in the area), but retain the “international” designation in their name. Examples of these are:
    Many international airports also serve as “hubs”, or places where non-direct flights may land and passengers switch planes. International airports often have many airlines represented, and many of these are often foreign.
    Passengers connecting to domestic flights from an international flight generally must take their checked luggage through customs and re-check their luggage at the domestic airline counter, requiring extra time in the process. In some cases in Europe luggage can be transferred to the final destination even if it is a domestic connection.
    In some cases, travellers and the aircraft can clear customs and immigration at the departure airport. As one example of this, are airports in Canada with United States border pre-clearance facilities. This allows flights from those airports to fly into US airports that do not have customs and immigration facilities. Luggage from such flights can also be transferred to a final destination in the U.S. through the airport of entry.

  30. Piton
    April 28, 2010

    @ DUMBA** . I doh know why yuh would call yourself that. You don’t know what you talking about. St. Lucia has the hotel rooms and facilities to accomodate that kinda service. St. Lucia has 11 weekly flights from MIA B757 and 4 weekly flights from JFK b757. 10 weekly flights from ATL on delta b757/737. 5 weekly flights on jetblue from JFk A320. Plus British Airways 5 weekly 777. And virgin Atlantic 747 3 weekly and condor from Germany 767. And Hewanorra Int’l airport is set to under go a 450 million EC upgrade this year. With jetbridges etc, the airport is too small for that kinda service. The island currently has 5,000 hotel rooms and in 3 years should be doubled to 5,000.

    • Tell the creep, however, remember when; and if you argue with a fool, the fool will always win the argument.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!

      I’m out of here!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • RE:
      April 29, 2010

      LISTEN U LIL MO FU…! I DIDNT ASK U FOR ST.LUCIA’S AIRPORT SCHEDULE!!!!!!

      I COULD GET THAT MYSELF!

      OUT OF ALL THESE FLIGHTS FIND OUT HOW MANY OF THEM THE GOVERNMENT IS PAYING THE AIRLINE TO OPERATE????????????????????

  31. Dlp leader
    April 28, 2010

    Well done blackmore. Come june the DLP need a new leader.
    I hope you did not take up an alternative citizenship and have to do mandatory civil cervice like ur € padna.

    Besides you have demonstrated you know how to get people fired so you can get rid of the record LOL high number of uselessly ministers, advisors and Senators. Just like you got rid of the 91 usa jobs at colgate palmolive. When you told the world that the US ambassador made a dumb statement.
    Don’t worry we can understand that you were new to polititricks and may not have known u were just being used to get rid of jobs to make more people dependant on the soon to have been pre election red/ buy votes clinic.

    “You can’t stop a the times” recalstion tell of the Rise of the red dragon (china) assisted by the whore of babylon(€) but later the whore is destroyed. I net you just never thought that you would be part of the fulfilling of prophecy ?
    Or did u?

  32. LISPOINT
    April 28, 2010

    Way to go Mr. Rayburn Blackmoore!!!

  33. Dominican
    April 28, 2010

    As a pilot I wonder if this would have been approved if the study was done in the rainy season when the clouds drop to 500ft when it cools at nights?

    Great thinking, timing the inspection in the drought.

    • Sianguk
      April 29, 2010

      Surprised at that comment.

      As a pilot, you must have heard of instrument landing (and take-off) of aircraft?

      Planes being able to land themselves in poor weather.

      With fly by wire aircraft, pilots are merely a visual health & safety requirement for a lot of the new aircraft of today.

      With sensors fitted, planes could taki on the ground also.

      I am not trying to put down pilots here, just pointing out how technology (airport & aircraft design) has moved on.

      • He's Not!!
        April 29, 2010

        That dude aint not pilot. He just says that to give his point some credibility.

    • April 29, 2010

      reply to that so called pilot are you a dry weather pilot, are U affraid that your nav, training arnt no good?
      then give up you license,

  34. wall_e
    April 28, 2010

    Trust dominicans to criticize that night landing… Just blage’ pawol sort. …. All you cry for night landing for almost 3 decades instead of saying thank you… ya’ll rather knock it off.. talk about a people that just to damm negative to please… JEEZE. is almost 70 years after the first ever recorded night landing … just be grateful..

    • oh yes
      April 29, 2010

      u doh dominicans man??? they just like to run their mouth. they making noise for sumthin and when they get it they critising it. thats y dominica have to stay so. they selves that bringing their own country down

  35. Cassandra
    April 28, 2010

    “W”, 737’s can land at Melville Hall, I’ve seen it ! Of course not 767’s, where would we put the people anyway and at the speed our immigration is going it would take longer to clear such a load than it takes to get to Roseau! Lets be serious, if it were not safe the autyhorities would not approve and insurance companies would refuse cover. I volunteer for the for the first night landing. Any other positive souls out there to join me?

    • April 29, 2010

      yes indeed , am with you.

    • RE:
      April 29, 2010

      i SEEN A 727 LAND IN DOMINICA …

      THATS SO TRUE WHAT U SAID ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION QUEUE..THEY ARE SO SLOW!

      THESE NEGATIVE PEOPLE JUST DONT WANT ANY GOOD FOR THEMSELVES. ITS LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES WERE ALWAYS EQUIPPED WITH NITE LANDING!!!!

      LET THEM STAY AND TALK SHIT,,,, ONCE THE AUTHORITIES GIVE IT A GO AHEAD, THERES NOTHING THEY CAN DO!!!!

      THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER LEAVE DOMINICA!!!! THEY ARE EMBARRASSMENTS!

  36. What type of Instrument approach are is Melville Hall getting
    April 28, 2010

    What type of Instrument approach for Melville Hall?

    Precision approach ie ILS (Instrument Landing System) or GPS

    Non Precision approach ie NDB (Non Directional Beacons) or VOR or Localizer

    • April 29, 2010

      Call Melville Hal and confirm. Simple

  37. Dominica needs Regional Jet service to connect Non Stop to Florida hubs
    April 28, 2010

    Dominica needs Regional Jets like the Embraer, Bombardier Aerospace, Fokker with 50-110 passengers to offer Non Stop flights to Florida’s three mian hubs Miami\Fort Lauderdale\Orlando International Airport bypassing LIAT & Antigua completely.

    Dominica gets regular cargo jet service from Amerijets Boeing 727 several times a week Non Stop from Miami.

    Boeing 737\ Airbus 320 Jet service from Melville Hall Airport to Miami is possibility with the extended runway. We need to remove Dominica completely from LIAT’s monopoly.

    The extended runway at Melville Hall Airport CAN NOT accomodate aircraft larger than Boeing 737, we still can’t handle medium to long range jets ie Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 or Boeing 747.

    It would be naive to think our day service which is already terrible is likely to improve at night if we have the same ole airlines ie LIAT & American Eagle. Solution is new airlines that have not served Dominica before!

    • maybe
      April 29, 2010

      that may be true but remember, how much people do we have leavin the country or coming into the country every day? not that much for those big planes u know. more cargo enters and leaves the country than people

    • RE:
      April 29, 2010

      THATS A GOOD IDEA, THANK GOD SOMEONE IS USING THEIR BRAINS….NOT REACHING FOR WHATS IMPOSSIBLE!!

      BY THE WAY THE BOEING 737 IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AIRCRAFT. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ONE LAND IN DOMINICA IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

      .

  38. lb
    April 28, 2010

    CANT WAIT!!! WE COMPLAIN TOO MUCH!!

    • RE:
      April 29, 2010

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST WAITING FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES TO PUT A NIGHT FLIGHT ON THE SCHEDULE!

  39. Dee
    April 28, 2010

    I am not landing in Dominica at night sorry. Besides the scary landing through mountains did anybody take into consideration the dangerous drive to the airport. Its scary as hell during the day, what you think it gonna be like at night? Winding through all those mountains, with narrow roads and near-miss precipes… Not me! No thanks Blackmoore…

    • DOMINICAN IN MIAMI
      April 29, 2010

      I SUPPORT YOU TOO I WILL NOT LAND IN MELVILLE IN THENIGHT

      HELL NO

      • Graduated
        April 29, 2010

        i will land after all the government ministers test drive the night landing papa, let them try it first

        • mouth of the south
          April 29, 2010

          let labell black mouth, wid all de other fireflies try it first, and then the rest will follow .
          God bless dominica and all the brave people who w ill be flying into Dominca a t nite

      • April 29, 2010

        Dominican in Miami, you in the Land of Opportunities and plenty money.
        I’m sure you can afford to stay over at a hotel without problem.

        How often do you come home anyways? When last did your kids visit???

        • RE:
          April 29, 2010

          LOL! NICE ONE!!!!

          ….

          MAYBE EVEN ILLIGAL!!!!!!!!!!!

          THEY ALWAYS TRASH TALKING THEM COUNTRY AND LEAVING IT UP TO STRANGERS TO SHOW CASE ITS BEAUTY AND POTENTIAL!!!

          HOPE THEY DONT GET DEPORTED!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

      • JAYJAYJAYJAY
        April 30, 2010

        You all will not land at Melville Hall at night,!!! I see no problem in that since its your choice and not mines and others like me. Just stay where you are until the sun rises then you can land. Simple right? Doh stress yourself about the litlle progress that we are experienceing. Rome was not built in a day, but it was built anyway. Be greatful and appreciate. Look at where we were to where we are nowhere is safe to land ‘WHETHER BY DAY OR BY NIGHT,’ It all boils down to the expertise of the pilot and the condition of the plane.

    • Made in DA
      April 29, 2010

      I’m with you Dee. I’ve had enough scary experiences landing during the day time.

    • Kawat hod Bawie
      April 29, 2010

      Don’t you people read and understand? Zor Sort, eh? The night landings will be APPROACHED FROM THE SEA!!!!!!!! No mountains involved in these night landings. Tonneh!!!!

    • still
      April 29, 2010

      i sometimes wonder what is up with dominicans. 2 mins in some other part of the world makes dominica so dangerous. i would dare you to take a walk down one of your american roads at night. or for that matter take a walk across the road tell me which is more dangerous. how many people do you hear of dying on the marigot road’ if you can’t think of anything better to say shut the f.?:” up.

  40. looking in
    April 28, 2010

    Way to go DA bring it on night landing thats what we need to stop suffering in Antigua come on if they need people for the frist flight i on board just give the OK

  41. loverboy
    April 28, 2010

    dr. finger, there is a search and rescue boat at the fishries complex already. have faith brother, i think the night landing will be a success in the near future.

  42. April 28, 2010

    When you have to land in Antigua 4.30pm, and have to overnight!!!!!!!! and reach D/ca 10 or 11am the next day I sure bet you will appreciate night landing in DOMINICA. Wait you will see.

  43. STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    April 28, 2010

    YOU PEOPLE THINK THAT DOMINICA IS BAD! YOU ALL NEED TO TRAVEL!!!!

    I’VE LANDED IN ALASKA AT MIDNITE, WHERE THERE’RE MOUNTAINS SURROUNDING YOU, COVERED IN SNOW, APPROACH IS BETWEEN MOUNTAINS!!!!!1

    GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS NOT BACK IN 1964, ITS 2010! PLANES BASICALLY FLY THEMSELVES

    LANDING IN DOMINICA IS A PIECE OF CAKE! COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES,

    ESPECIALLY FROM THE SEA!

    PEOPLE GROW UP AND STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!

    QUIT WITH THIS POLITICS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    AS SOON AS AN AIRLINE HAS A NIGHT FLIGHT ON SCHEDULE AM COMING IN FOR LANDING….

    S

    • Graduated
      April 29, 2010

      good for you, at least you will come at your home more often and leave those people place for a while, that is., if you can, lol

      • RE:
        April 29, 2010

        YOU MUSSA TAKE ME FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! NIGER I GOT 3 PASSPORTS!!!!!! INCLUDING ONE DOMINICAN. sO PLEASE DONT COME TALK YOU S***!

        BUH IF I CAN LEAVE” LOL…
        ADMIN: Your comments will be disabled if you can’t refrain from using obscene words.

    • Joker
      April 29, 2010

      THANK YOU ! I WAS THINKING IF PPL DIDNT KNOW ABOUT FLYING AROUND THE REST OF THE WORLD. THERE ARE AIRPORTS MORE DANGEROUS THAN DOMINICA THAT AIRLINES FLY INTO !

      • So True!
        April 29, 2010

        These people need to travel the world and see whats out there!

  44. Irie
    April 28, 2010

    I can try de landing…..I always patronise de bar on liat, from de time de plane take off….so I can try de landing….but when I reach melville hall at 9pm or thereabouts….I have to drive down roseau in nwesseh? To be honest, I would be more afraid of driving dat road at night dan de night landing……if them aviation people say de airport safe then after all man, it must be safe….but all of us know de road not safe, so de real challenge to night landing, is DE NIGHT DRIVING to and from marigot……….

    • April 29, 2010

      Hm…it may take another 50 years before the government realise they have to electrify that airport road…nwesseh with lougawoo/la jablez crossing in front you to cause u to booway in a precipice.

      But then again, driving on that same airport road at 4a.m. to leave dominica, nobody has gotten into accidents because they take their time….so why can’t you take your time coming in from the airport @8-9p.m?

      • x
        April 30, 2010

        thinking about your statement…..you make so much sense!

    • Graduated
      April 29, 2010

      I concur, but you can pass through possie

    • April 29, 2010

      Hahahahahaha. I like dat.

  45. 4all2c
    April 28, 2010

    How are we to depend on an Instrumental Airport when Domlec take its power on a frequent basis. I can hear LIAT cancelling flight because there is no Electrical Power in Marigot. Not only that, we as Dominicans will be paying higher fare on LIAT due to the higher risk. NO OTHER airline will be coming to Melville Hall at night. If am mistaken can someone name the other airlines that will be coming? This does not create competition and it put Dominica on the map as a BACKWARD MOVE . We are not ready YET!!! We need a landing strip for bigger aircrafts and for overnight tourist. That is the only way the airport will make a difference. Haitia has an international Airport and survives and we can’t? You mean we are that backwards in our mentality that we can think progressively? Do we have plaster and flash light at the Marigot to be prepared for any mishap at night in Marigot?

    Put SKERRO CABINet on the FIRST NIGHT LANDING……LOAD THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES ON THE NIGHT FLIGHTS…..

    • April 29, 2010

      helo 4all2c,

      there something called a GENERATOR! all airport MUST have one,so put a plugg on it,and all fire dept must be up to parr,dont you trust your own fire men?and the emmergency manual are for sure up to date ( I hope),if not sure then just ask your airport auth,manager

    • oh yes
      April 29, 2010

      did they say want to compete? compete with who????

      u want a 737 to land d/ca with 30 people on board? be realistic

  46. Cesare Bonventre
    April 28, 2010

    Not a moment too soon!

    Hopefully now the dead Kachibona River can start to heal!

  47. Erickson
    April 28, 2010

    Well, it’s good not to get stuck in Antigua, especially when the sun sets between 5:30 & 6:00 p.m., on account of a 30-minute delay at the point of origin. Admittedly, it will be scary at first, but we’ll get used to it–just like we got used to the Delices – Petite Savanne road.

    • Erickson D- u sound like u just buy a CRV. u are now an expert driver..now u can fly!

    • jah
      April 28, 2010

      Erickson, did you say Antigua?, I just we were getting direct flight from the colder lands to DA, oh darn it, and I was so excited. Night landing,, for who, pilot do not want to land in the day is night they will, good luck. If it is not a 737, makes no difference.

  48. Dr. Finger
    April 28, 2010

    Well, the doctor will NOT be landing at nights in Melville Hall no time soon papa. Me notebook mark eh eh! The only pilots I would trust are those Cardinal Pilots because I remember them landing in Canefield and Melville at tee-bwen-nage with no problem. Man like Erwin, Robo, Andy, Gregory and Simon should go and test the system first…for love of country. Great effort on the part of the government but I will and see how them guinea pigs make it for a couple years first before I Leave Island Any Time (LIAT) at night. Will there also be a search and rescue Coast Guard boat stationed at Marigot……….Just in case?

    • STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      April 28, 2010

      U’sa ass!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop with this s***!!!!!!!! You people are so …. stupid!

      People you all need to think with y’all brains instead of y’all a****!

      Look at the piece of mountain thats rite there infront of st.marteen’s runway!!!

      What about st.thomas, the airport is in a hole!!!!!!!!!!!! U have to climb the hill!

      I have traveled all over the world and Dominca’s airport is nothing compared to what i’ve seen!

      THEY ARE LANDING FROM THE SEA, AND SO WHAT IF THERE’S AN ACCIDENT? IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHETHER ITS IN THE BUSHES, SEA OR RIVER.

    • personal experiences/victimhood
      April 28, 2010

      i know the forestry persons wil b station in the heights of melvile hall- first camp area….so rest assured. rescue is there!

  49. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010

    not me landing in D/A under those coconut trees at night what…………………………………

    • I cant wait!
      April 28, 2010

      Are you that dumb? If it was not safe if wouldn’t have passed inspection, and by the way, they are not landing from the mountain, And even if they were, as long as its passed by International members its OKAY!!!!

      Its not the local government and businesses that says if its okay to land,

      Be proud and stop being a bitch!!!!!!

      • NATURE BOY
        April 28, 2010

        I CAN’T WAIT……….i could not have said it better….and know that i had a good laugh too. lol

    • good
      April 28, 2010

      After being away for a while, i was welcomed to Dominica by the atlantic ocean. WE came in over the sea and not the mountains. At first i thought maybe it was just that pilot who wanted to fly in that way but then i left like twice since then and we came in the same way. Now as far as landing at night goes i doubt that it can be as scary as landing in St, Vincent at nights and ppl do it all the while.

    • JAYJAYJAYJAY
      April 30, 2010

      land alone you do not want to land under those coconut trees?

  50. April 28, 2010

    Great! Patience is virtue. We as Dominicans should be proud and be prepared to do our part to inform the rest of the World that we are open for business and night landing has arrive. Clearly as stated if all the logistics and preparation are completed and the relevant Authorities has given the go ahead it would be silly of any one regardless of party afiliation to critize such new development especially as most of ou do on D.N.O.just for the sake of being negative and to hide behind fake names to garner unwanted attention. We have to stop this nonescense. Let me suggest that the air port be renamed as THE PAT STEVENS AIRPort” A son of our soil who gave yoman service to Dominica in all aspects of life such a recognition to a wounderful servant will go a long way in highlighting the services of our people.

  51. April 28, 2010

    It seems like skerrit is really god to the fools out there every thing for them is a politics and a skerro
    when are you all gonna wake up and smell the coffee

    • JAYJAYJAYJAY
      April 30, 2010

      We have done that and it smells goooooood. maybe your have caca-ney so you can’t take the sweet aroma of the coffee, well my advice to you is just drink it up like the rest of us, cause believ me, it tastes good. Progress is our goal and objective. A better life for all Dominicans. ‘ALL’

  52. Apprehensive
    April 28, 2010

    It is dicy to come into Melville Hall during broad daylight. Once there is some cloud cover Eagle goes back all the way to Puerto Rico. So not me they will catch there at nights. The entire Cabinet and all the advisors should take the first night flight and land in there the first night…… Anyway if anything happens in that airport, the Government must be held accountable. What about the upgrading of the roads leading to and from the airport and the upgrading of the Marigot Hospital. All that should be a part of the upgrading of the airport facilities.

    • Cesare Bonventre
      April 28, 2010

      As I wrote before, I’m relatively certain DOM will provide ILS or glide slope instrument navigation beacons, etc., to facilitate night time flight – Just like most airports in Industrialized Countries.

      Adding this will further protect the foreign traveler during day light flights as well as night.

      My goal is to fly Boeing C-130 Hercules into DOM in order to supply it with building & construction supplies.

      Having a night time window will greatly enhance the probability of flying in same day despite the broad array of inclement weather circumstances Mother Nature can throw at me; as well as giving foreign travelers a broader arrival window in case they are delayed while relying upon commercial flights. I mean, who wants to risk a vacation in Dominica if the total flight time in bound takes two or three days? It’s less risky to fly into another island in the Caribbean!

    • STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      April 28, 2010

      okay, i understand what u said about american eagle, But their pilots cant be compared to liat’s pilots, and besides do u know the ages of their aircrafts(ATRs)?

      The gorvenment has to answer to higher calling on whether the airport should operate at night, they have to pass all sorts of inspections by Caribbean and International Aviation authorities. So the cabinet members cant do s***, without the ”Green Light”.

      The airlines play a role in this too,! They operate willingly! They can’t be forced.

      So if American Eagle or Liat, decide to land in Melville Hall, nothing, nobody is gonna stop em!

      So quit with the shit.

      CONTINUE TO THINK WITH Y’ALL ASSES AND NOT BRAINS.

      • April 29, 2010

        De government has to pay American Eagle for every empty seat every time they come in land in Dominica. Eagle is not landing in Dominica for freeness.

        • BB
          April 29, 2010

          HUH????? PAY EAGLE?? U people have got to be kidding me here! Where do you get this from? Go write a book if you feel the need to say things like this!

          • IT does happen!
            April 29, 2010

            yes if you are ignorant to that fact! This occurs when the government bargains with the airline mostly to add flight(s) to their normal schedule, if they feel that there are insufficient flghts or its too much of a hassle to enter the country.

            So in return for the added flight(s) the government would have to pay them for every empty seats that flight had. Because the airline considers it a loss. They are operating on an abnormal/ unnecessary schedule.

            Just recently, well sometime last year, Tortola had to enter a similar bargain with American Eagle to add some flights to the schedule. In return they had to pay for the empty seats. So they were encouraging the travelers to purchase these flights instead of flying out of st.thomas or using LIAT.

            Infact St.Lucia did the same thing with American Airlines too

            So you got it now?

            This happens all the time.

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    • DOMINICAN IN MIAMI
      April 29, 2010

      THAT IS VERY TRUE, PLEASE POINT IT OUT TO THEM WE NEED A DECENT

      HOSPITAL IN MARIGOT FIRST INCASE OF EMERGENCIES

      • Michelle
        April 29, 2010

        Oh Gad if yo mi dah close me da kiss you foot , all the hype but the IDIOTS out there are not even thinking that Marigot HOSPITAL has no damn bandaid or aspirin to save a life a firestation that is not even ready to out a bush fire , when are we going to wake up and see the truth. we have no first responder to nothing in Dominica the medical Dr at marigot is never there, a little accident and the only nurse on duty faint when see saw the blood . i am not against development mind you but its a fact something needs to be done about the hospital at Marigot .Mr Prime Minster we all know that you want t o do the right thing but fix Marigot Hospital and the fire station, and PLEASE train more medics to handle crisis. then we will all welcome NIGHT LANDING .

  53. Peter
    April 28, 2010

    Question: Night landing availability is great! Will LIAT start lading at night in Dominica now?

  54. jah bless
    April 28, 2010

    ok GREAT! what about the international airport we had mr vincent philbert on hold to long.

  55. REDS
    April 28, 2010

    Patriot you eh know patriot……You took the chance to travel during the day between two mountains and that ish ISH is scary and there are a bunch of things you’ve done in life that has been scary. Come on quit being negative for a minute and embrace some positivity. You know folks always complaining about how Dominica backward in certain areas now a little positivity coming to the island some ISH talk have to come up. Gallie grow some balls like everything else you have grown for and be patritotic……….I def will be the first to try out this night landing even my life depends on it Because my thing is I could be sitting in my house and die muchless on a plane……

  56. son of the soil
    April 28, 2010

    go da it is time that we can come from work and arive in dominica the same day

  57. W
    April 28, 2010

    night landing shouldnt be the only thing to deal with but actually improvements for larger planes to land like 737,767.

    • SO STUPID!!!!
      April 28, 2010

      Okay, whoever you are, why do you think that Major airlines operate small aircrafts? Its because operation a flight with a big aircraft as you mentioned with 7 passengers is a big time loss!!!!!!!

      people visit dominica yes, but not at a scale where u would need a 767 to operate into the island,
      If it was so American Airlines would have offered more than “1” daily flight

      If you havent realised, during the summer they see if fit to add just ”One” more flight to the schedule, because operation more than one empty flights adds to the company’s loss.

      AND ISLAND SUCH AS TORTOLA, WAY BETTER THAN DOMINICA, CANT HANDLE A BOEING 737, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE 11 OR MORE AMERICAN EAGLE FLIGHTS A DAY.

      WE HAVE TO TAKE TIME TO GROW,

      CREEP BEFORE U WALK!!!!!!!!!!.

  58. JL
    April 28, 2010

    what about the huge mountain on the inland side of the airport.. is that part of the clearance?

  59. pm boy right there
    April 28, 2010

    well this i believe will bring us d/ca on top and known on the world map now. we r now movin into night landin which is very good trust me . and as my pm keep sayin that we r movin 2 the next level and everyone, those for or those against this is the next level isnt it thank god 4 skrrit.

    • Why Can't We Just Allow Ourselves to Be Just Dominican
      April 28, 2010

      Why can’t you people get off this political horse. Why can’t you just make an objective comment without bring up politics. What one track minds we are developing in Dominica. Not good. All comments like these does is alienate, cementing the tribal political polarization that exists in Dominica today.

      • Reasoning
        April 28, 2010

        Tribal political polarization?

        • Reading Comprehension
          April 28, 2010

          Refers to the deep nasty division that exist along political persuasions (red and blue); and the unwillingness to compromise on issues in the national interest.

      • STAY TUNED
        April 28, 2010

        You’re speaking to a political novice…what you expect?

      • precious stones
        April 28, 2010

        The reason they cannot get off there political horse is because all they do is sleep, breathe and eat politic… I taught election was over but no for some NARROW MINDED PEOPLE.. Am well pleased with the night landing, cause we seeing too much MISERY out here to get HOME…

      • WIN
        April 28, 2010

        I am so in agreement with you. Why can’t we all just get along. I’m tired of all this political division. It’s not your pm or mine, he belongs to all of us and he has to work for the development of the entire country. Please people let’s move forward.

    • International standards and night landings dose not mean Dominica has an International Airport!

      The length, and width of an Airport, and the size of Aircrafts it can accommodate, makes it an International Airport.

      When the first 747, or a similar Aircraft, of its kind fly into Dominica, from an International origin, nonstop, and land at Melville Hall, carrying between two and three hundred passengers, then and only then we can talk about international standards.

      Direction finders, Radar’s Beacon’s VHF Radio’s ect, are not all that is required in order to talk about international standards.

      Night landing’s will not make much difference, the improvement will not produce any great or significant change that will encourage a large influx of tourist or expatiates into Dominica, if I am ever proved wrong, somebody need to take me to the canvas on that.

      With that said, I reiterate, we need an International Airport in our country.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Cesare Bonventre
        April 28, 2010

        With night flights, LIAT and American Airlines can add additional services to Dominica

        Night flights are particularly important because travelers from the States typically have to first fly into Puerto Rico or Antigua, then fly into Dominica.

        If their Stateside plane is delayed, they will lose a very narrow margin travel envelop into Dominica – Thereby extending the trip to two or sometimes even three days.

        For example, suppose the last flight out from Antigua to Dominica leaves at 3:30pm; but suppose a flight from NYC to Antigua is delayed, (typical). Failure to make the 3:30pm deadline to Antigua means staying over night in Antigua.

        Worse scenario – NYC to Atlanta, to Puerto Rico, finally to Dominica.

        NYC to Atlanta is rerouted to North Caroline due to bad weather in Atlanta. Once on the ground in North Carolina, further delays make for a late arrival into Atlanta. Passenger thereby misses flight into Puerto Rico on way to Dominica. Problem: Flights from Atlanta to Puerto Rico or Antigua won’t happen for another two days.

        Passenger now forced to fly back to NYC where more flights are available. Passenger now flies to Antigua, but the plane is delayed. No more flights to Dominica for the day because Dominica can not take night flights. Passenger now forced to stay over night in Antigua.

        Get the picture?

        Having an air port opened at night will permit late night flights which will scrub up passengers stranded during the day on their way to Dominica!

      • DUMBASS!!!!
        April 28, 2010

        ARE U GONA FILL IN VIRGIN ATALNTICS BOEING 747 WITH PASSENGERS? OR AMERICAN AIRLINES 777? WELL UNTIL THEN SHUT UR ASS!

        You people are just so into this international airport! Give me a reason why Dominica needs one?

        Islands like St.Thomas USVI does not have an international airport, and do you know how many flghts operates there daily? Countless….

        You guys act like dominica is the only destination in the Caribbean!!!!!!!!!!!

        The airport does not handle all that traffic where an international airport is needed, When liat and AA comes in with the aircrafts full all the people are not from the same origin, they connect.

        The airlines are not gona operate a huge jet to carry 7 passengers to dominica, thats why they have hubs and connection flights. So they don’t operate at a loss.

        Its common sense!!! We all know that the majority of tourist in dominica are same day tourists, the come on the ships and leave the same day!!!

        You want Dominica to be like St.Lucia, American Airlines to operate a jet service from the US mainland to the island?

        DEBT DEBT DEBT!!!!!!

        And by the way Tortola’s airport name is Terrance B Lettsome International Airport: and no 737s or 747s operates there, not even an Airbus 319.

        So quit your shit about International this and that!

        • jah bless
          April 28, 2010

          wise a** st thomas has an international airport in st criox with that said dominica can only devlope with an international airport people have thousand of people have got off curise ships to see dominica right? well thousand people will get on a plan to see dominca too its common sense

          • RE:
            April 29, 2010

            LAST TIME I CHECKED,,,,, AND THE AIRPORTS NAME IS CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT!!!!!!!!

            BEEN THERE A MILLION TIMES!!!!!

            READ THIS LIL PHRASE:”yril E. King Airport (IATA: STT, ICAO: TIST, FAA LID: STT) is a public airport located two miles (3 km) west of the central business district of Charlotte Amalie”

            SO SHUT YOUR A**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • Joker
            April 29, 2010

            No its not common sense.. those ppl on the ship come there because thats where the ship goes as an included package. The type of ppl who come on the ship are not the same type who currently stay over or are maybe 1 % of the volume !
            The first thing ppl ask me when you try to advertise dca is… are there any all inclusive resorts and the beaches !!
            Quite frankly d.ca is not going to see those kinds of numbers for stay over tourists unless its developed alot further in terms more hotel rooms and ease of ppl to get to attractions ( because they are pretty much on their own unlike cruise passengers) etc.. not just an airport with flights. That’s one thing, but you need to give them a reason to come and still chose D.ca over all the other destinations next door.

            The airport is fixed with night landing… GOOD ! Now to continue with the rest of it ppl the airport is one spoke in the wheel

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        • It is not my intention to dignify anybody I know and believe to be beneath me with an argument.

          Your comment has reveled just what, and who you are, illiteracy comes in many different shapes and forms, and to dignify your illiterate comments with a reasonable response would mean I am a lesser idiot than you are!

          In any event, you are not intelligent enough to understand anything I would talk about on my worst day from an intellectual point of view.

          So, what’s the use

          He or she who debates a fool knows the fool will always wins!

          Hahahahahahahahahaha!

          Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

        • St Thomas is an International Airport
          April 28, 2010

          STT, St Thomas USVI is an International Airport for your information with a runway length of 7000 ft the same as St Maartens Princess Juliana International Airport which can handle Boeing 757,Boeing 747 one of the worlds largest aircraft.

          Get your facts straight.

          http://worldaerodata.com/

          Search STT

          • So Dumb
            April 30, 2010

            Again it is not an international airport, I know this airport from the back of my head, every inch, and operations that goes on there!

            You guys think because the runway is this ft long and a 737 or 757 , any jets for the matter of fact lands there its an international airport.

            SO u are trying to tell me that Hobby in Houston Texas is an international airport too? lol.

            St.Thomas does not handle ANY international flights!

            only if you consider US Bond/Puerto Rico flights international….well they’re not!!!

            I rest my case!

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        • Eric Cartman
          April 28, 2010

          lolz. you go hard. and with valid points too. i like….

          think i should recruit you to go in on the clown Stay Tuned for me on my busy days

        • oh yes
          April 29, 2010

          well said. dominicans just hearing the word “international airport” and they just decide to use it. where they going and put it? on top morne trois piton? allu to stupid. just fix up the airport, make it deadly, they done start with the parking spaces. and once the night landing in place its all good.

          who teach them that nuh “international airport”? lol lol lol

        • DOMINICAN
          April 29, 2010

          oh shut up a go learn to manners FOOL

      • still
        April 29, 2010

        •An international airport is an airport typically equipped with customs and immigration facilities to handle international flights to and from other countries. …
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_airport.

        so although you sign to add credibility to your comments please do your research. according to this definition we infact have two. amerijet comes in directly from miami so we do have international flights. if this definition is wrong i would be grateful if you could provide a better one

        • Thank YOu Very Much
          April 30, 2010

          The last i checked St.Thomas does not handle any International flghts!!!!! Only if these people consider US states and Puerto Rico to be international….

          THey just believe because a 737 or some bigger aircrafts lands there, and operates a flights for a few hours its an international airport…..

  60. Homeboy
    April 28, 2010

    If this is really true then kudos to DA.. It is imperative as the person stated that we move from this being a facility where landmarks are used to guide pilots in, to one where there are locator beacons in the sea and mountain tops to give definite references that can be detected by instruments on the planes. Also there needs to be strobe lights on structures greater than a certain height to allow for identification.

    • Patriot
      April 28, 2010

      I would suppose these are in place already; seeing they have been cleared by the International Civil Aviation Authority. When Blackmore said “…that is moving from a solely visual airport to an instrumental rule airport…” he wasn’t talking about putting the equipment in place. But rather the official status naming of the airport as such, as a result of the equipment being in place.

      Irrespective of these navigational aids I still have my apprehensions about the safety of night landings at DOM. But hey that’s just me.

      • Cesare Bonventre
        April 28, 2010

        I assume (just my assumption) that being “certified” as a night airport means the airport will provide ILS (glide slope instrument navigation beaconsj, etc.) for incoming flights

        I can’t imagine it not having ILS, etc.

      • Homeboy
        April 28, 2010

        Hey Patriot your apprehensions are warranted and duely noted. I would only consider such a flight after at least one year of trials by airlines such as LIAT, Eagle and others. This is just common sense, and no one should lash out based on your opinion.

        Thanks for the clarification (re) instrumentation being already in place.

        Peace

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