New airline, Antigua Airways, to fly directly to Antigua from West Africa

Photo credit: Marina Hinic

A new airline called Antigua Airways will soon be permitted to operate flights from West Africa directly to the twin-island nation.

The company according to the government is apparently financed by wealthy Africans who wish to open a new route between the African continent and the Eastern Caribbean.

The firm is hoping to collaborate with LIAT, flying passengers north and south of Antigua who have come from West Africa.

“The Cabinet had the opportunity to discuss moving forward negotiations for a new airline to be named Antigua Airways once such name s available and it will hopefully be permitted to operate flights from West Africa directly to Antigua.

The company is owned by a group of Africans, who wish to open up new opportunities between the African continent and the Eastern Caribbean.

“Antigua and Barbuda is excited about such opportunities. We see this as an opportunity for great expansion and growth within the Eastern Caribbean. We can no longer limit ourselves to the traditional jurisdictions and we must open up opportunities by allowing us to consider such alternative options,” said Agriculture Minister Samantha Marsha.

Marshal represented Information Minister Melford Nicholas at Thursday’s weekly Cabinet press briefing. She said negotiations are ongoing.

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  1. Waiting For Airport
    July 27, 2022

    Chinese taking over the whole Caribbean, literally… all you have no problem with that, all you mou mou!

    Our African family trying to connect with the Caribbean and watch the comments.

    Mental slavery, Europeans did a perfect job indoctrinating self hate!

    This is the reason all other races continue to take us for sakway sot!

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  2. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 27, 2022

    Geography wise, it makes sense and significantly reduces travel time to the African content, hence Barbados and Guyana also have flights leaving to West Africa from these two nations. We do not know how popular this route is and what the business model is, to sustain such an airline. Safety and maintenance of said airline is another issue of concern.

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    • Malatete
      July 27, 2022

      I’m not aware of any scheduled direct flights from Georgetown (Guyana) and Barbados to W. Africa and would be very interested in the details.

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  3. Dominican Bwoi
    July 26, 2022

    How many people did the “princes” scam to set up the airline? :lol:

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  4. Dominican Bwoi
    July 26, 2022

    Africans?! No thank you :roll:

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    • Ibo France
      July 26, 2022

      @Dominican Bwoi

      Refrain from making such a disgusting comment about the continent of our ancestors. That’s what the Europeans taught our ancestors and it is still working today.

      They taught us to hate everything about ourselves ( hair, complexion, language) etc. After 400 years, it’s still working perfectly well.

      Lastly, if you watch BBC, CNN, and other international news, you would be inclined to believe that Africa is a continent where nothing good happens.

      I just want to disabuse you of that fallacious notion. There are many countries and places on the African continent that are among the best developed in the world. The news media does only highlight these places. All they show is poverty, civil wars, emaciated children, diseases, et cetera.

      Yes, there are tremendous problems there. However, there are many awesome things happening also. Don’t allow yourself to be so easily misled.

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      • John
        July 27, 2022

        Here comes Monkey Pox.

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        • Pat
          July 28, 2022

          More like Honkey Pox.

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    • Annon
      July 27, 2022

      I felt the exactly same way from European and European-American media propaganda on Africa before I was educated.

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 8
  5. Ibo France
    July 26, 2022

    I don’ t believe the promises and assertions of any government in the OECS until they become to fruition.

    These governments are not known for their veracity. They over promise and under-deliver. Their assertions are just figment of their imagination.

    Why do these people lie so profusely? They (government ministers) are not held accountable by the indifferent attitude of the populace, and the lazy, compromised, local media.

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  6. Malatete
    July 26, 2022

    Wikipedia lists 17 defunct Antigua & Barbuda registered airlines, seven of which ceased operations within a year of commencing operations:
    Aerowings, Antigua and Barbuda Airways, Antigua Caribbean Air, Antigua International Airways, Cairngorms, Caribbean Clipper Airways, Caribbean Star Airlines, Caribbean Winds Airlines, Caribjet, CBJ Cargo, Eastern Caribbean Airways, Great Atlantic Airlines, Grand Atlantic Airways, Leeward Islands Air Transport Services, LIAT, Paradise Airways, Seagreen Air Transport, Skyjet (Antigua).

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    • Toto
      July 27, 2022

      Maybe they should call it Coconut Airways after that popular song, years ago about a pretend airline of that name that was going to Barbados.

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  7. Zandoli
    July 26, 2022

    I am not sure what the business model is, but if this project is being financed by wealthy West Africans, who one would assume they know their market and would be marketing to West Africans who want to visit the Caribbean. Why would they name the airline Antigua Airways?
    There is a reason why some airlines are called American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Air India, Air Jamaica etc. There is some legacy of state ownership for some of them, but there is also the issue of national branding.
    Which begs the question, why would these guys brand the airline with a name most West African customers would not recognize?

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  8. KalingoJustice
    July 26, 2022

    These rogues of anti-ga,duminica and rest the islands have played so much crooked politricks with everything including the airline industry, that now they’re scampering around! Stanford alone could make traveling around the islands so easy, yet a group caricom/carigo rogues can’t function! Countries like the USA and Europe should stop flying to these rogues slave plantation mentality islands, the same way they are pulling out their banks!!

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    • budman
      July 27, 2022

      you see how you don’t have sense? if people from the US and Europe stop coming here, how are we to generate foreign currency? most of these islands depend heavily on tourism. If they stop coming, hotels will close, farmers cant sell there products to hotels, etc. you can tell you didn’t think this through before you began to type. smh. and guess what? 9 people who had an opportunity to read what you posted still thought that you made sense. so they are actually worse than you are.

  9. John Charlton
    July 26, 2022

    For those in the Caribbean region who have business or family or vacation plans in the West Africa region this is welcome news. Now instead of the ridiculous expense, in money, time, and carbon dioxide emissions of flying to London or Paris thence to West Africa, one can fly straight across from Antigua – 1/4 the distance. The problem now becomes for many – how best to get to Antigua from the other islands – a Caribbean regional airline problem. Good luck with this innovative new venture.

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  10. Toto
    July 26, 2022

    A flying laundry service perhaps. Much needed hard currency and gold going west and white powder going east.

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  11. July 25, 2022

    Watch that one closely these political gangsters will by any means necessary find a way to pedal their ill gained resources now that the EU has blocked their exit route to bolol and corruption these Africans are willing partners 😉

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  12. Possie Direct
    July 25, 2022

    I wonder if Roosevelt has shares in this air Antigua airline? I just wondering ok. So when Skerrit them new day Slaves land in Antigua how they will make it to Dominica? I guess they will use the same boat that brought Mehul Choksi to Dominica from Antigua lol

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  13. If we knew better
    July 25, 2022

    WAAAAAAAW! thats is absolutely awesome. for Trade, tourism, investments etc!

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    • Beta
      July 26, 2022

      Please explain! Put some meat on the bone…!

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      • If we knew better
        July 26, 2022

        First of all, many africans are wealthy. Many have French and british colonial backgrounds making the cultures similar to ours. Many would like to explore and learn about the region. Many would like to trade commodities and resources. Many would like to invest in areas where we lack and havent done for ourselves. Do you know that musically and culturally this could open doors for the region? See a performance below from artists from Angola – West Africa. that can move on WCMF

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  14. Truth Be Told
    July 25, 2022

    Dominica Airways where are you? And kakarat stay there, still trying to build an international airport. The only country in the CARICOM Caribbean without an international airport, thanks to braying jack donkey Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, since 2004 you in office, but still blaming an invisible Opposition! Paranoid follish visionless leader! Dynamic Dominica more like dynamic joke of the Caribbean!

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  15. Bwa-Banday
    July 25, 2022

    Oh lardo! Well look is now gaarat gone cut style on we! Don’t know how sustainable that will be on the return leg but who knows. All I know is there are not many Africans visiting or living in Dca but I am certain those who will eventually come will overstay their visa. The caribbean must also brace themselves for the scamming artists who will be visiting our shores with the sole intention of participating in deceitful. Sorry if I hurt somebody boeboe by saying that but I want to be real because we will have Nigerians on that flight.

    Hopefully we don’t take advantage of them by charging them mucho dollars like Haitians) as security guarantee and then allow somebody to mistakenly sweep the dollars away while cleaning the Marigot police station :twisted: :twisted: .

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    • Ibo France
      July 27, 2022

      Bwa-Banday, I recommend that you and others who share the same views as you, read the Infamous Letter of Willie Lynch. You all are victims of the Willie Lynch syndrome.

      You would understand why our people bleach their skin; hate themselves and each other; always patronize foreigners and their businesses, etc.

      For you, Africa and its inhabitants conjures up the worst of everything – evil, darkness, murders, witchcraft, massacres, poverty, etc.

      Slavery was abolished in most of these islands in 1834 but our minds are still shackled.

      Thousands of Africans that have migrated to the United States do much better educationally and economically than the average native black American.

      Too many people conflate education and intelligence I have come to realise. Read widely and liberate your minds.

      ADMIN: Self-hatred and the resulting prejudice is incredibly unhealthy and we believe any lie or ideology that promotes such things should be combatted with facts. However, while at first glance an appealing tool to fight the lies perpetuated about (and to control) people with African ancestry there is a mountain of evidence, much of it undisputable, that the Willie Lynch letter is fabricated.

      We follow the practice that lies should be combatted with facts and not more lies – even comforting and appealing ones.

      Below is a thorough examination of the Willie Lynch letter:

      *edit* We have a also published an opinion piece on the Willie Lynch Letter here:

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      • Ibo France
        July 28, 2022

        No surprise, DNO. It’s just you being you!!!!!

      • Possie Again
        July 28, 2022

        I wouldn’t make the authenticity of that letter a big deal. You know it was war and warfare.

        ADMIN: That is your sentiment and it may be a very commonly shared sentiment but the truth matters and has consequence. If we choose to report a known criminal is guilty of murder when someone else is ,in fact, guilty of that murder the real guilty party will remain unidentified and unhindered if they attempt to commit a similar crime.

        We will also be liable if a defamation case is brought against us. There is no standard of “close enough”.

        • Possie Again
          August 1, 2022

          That’s ok, you’re not the only ones on the legality thingy, we’re used to the shenanigans. We have always had to prove, sometimes beyond reasonable doubt that we were victims of that mega-holocaust; not required of ‘others’, where even the kitchen sink was thrown at us. The CYA is not you alone. 8-O

    • Just Asking
      July 28, 2022

      The caribbean has also braced themselves for the scamming artists who will be visiting our shores with the sole intention of participating in deceitful. They are the Sanford, Chumski, Shell, BP, Scotia and other LEGAL banks, and countless other individuals from just this hemisphere. Do you mind?

  16. MAGWA CA
    July 25, 2022

    backdoor open up from africa to the US

    they well set . africa to antigua then antigua to usvi or pueto rico backdoor then a flight to the usa

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 25, 2022

      It is not that easy, they be able to fly to Antigua, but getting to America, they still need a visa. That to me seems bogus though.

      It is easy to say West Africa; however, without naming the exact place I am skeptical.

      West Africa consists of the western part of the African continent, especially the countries bounded by and including Mauritania, Mali, and Niger in the north and Gabon in the south.

      Antigua always have some sort of crap like that you; one time in the 1970’s the Bird family had to 747 passenger jet on the ground to do international flights, the airline collapses before the first flight took off you know!


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      • Wesley Beau
        July 26, 2022

        Makak, let me guess, don’t tell me… YOU were deputy PM of ANU at the time and you had houses and cars all over the island.
        Hahahaha and then you woke up and noticed that you wet your bed.

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    • Joe Linton
      July 25, 2022

      MAGWA CA How narrow can you really be??? ARE YOIU SAYING THERE IS NO FLIGHTS FROM WEST AFRICA TO USA??? Why do you believe every nation wants to go and waste their time in the USA????

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        July 26, 2022

        If that is in reference to my submission; I must asks you this: Don’t you find something looked fishy about the itinerary?

        The distance between Antigua, and lets say Niger in West Africa is approximately 7,658 kilometers; that means the air travel distance is approximately 4,758 miles, so if my calculation is correct depending on where in West Africa the flight is destine, one could be in the sky’s for a duration of approximately nine (9) hours and forty-five (45) minuets.
        That’s reasonable, but will such a route be profitable?

        I don’t think so, because it would depend on how many people traveling from West Africa to Antigua, monthly or weekly!
        ‘I don’t know of any place on the planet attracting African tourist; do you?

        And that’s what looked suspicious and fishy!

    • Poli Sye
      July 25, 2022

      What are you saying? I have been to West Africa and I must tell there are successful business people there with no desire to go through the back door to American.

    • Just Asking
      July 28, 2022

      So what’s wrong with that when they have closed the front door to let mostly euros in. What’s your gripe, more ‘negros’ will want in? And, is that a loss for you?

  17. Anthony P Ismael
    July 25, 2022

    How will this help travel within the region? Brown Paper Bag is looking out for his people. You see while Ian and Reggie talking foolishness, Antigua looking out for Number One. Our Ministers are too busy stuffing their face “Moon Face.”

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