Saint Lucia welcomes new regional airline

By Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The inaugural flight of InterCaribbean Airways arrived at the George FL Charles Airport, on Thursday, March 22, at 6:55 pm, from the island of Dominica.

The flight marks the commencement of a direct service, 3 times a week, between Saint Lucia’s George FL Charles Airport (SLU) and Dominica’s Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM).

Flight JY293 was welcomed by the Minister of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting the Hon. Dominic Fedee, Chairperson of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Agnes Francis, Airport Manager for George FL Charles Kirby Toussaint and other tourism officials.

The honoured guests included airline Owner and Chairman Lyndon Gardiner along with CEO Trevor Sadler. Guests were greeted with steel band music and welcome refreshments upon disembarking the aircraft.

The new route will be serviced by an Embraer EMB120, with a seating capacity of 30. The flights will arrive from DOM at 6:55 pm on Sunday, Monday and Thursday and depart from SLU at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The service provides onward connections to the northern Caribbean including the BVI reaching as far north as Havana with an additional direct service to Saint Croix commencing on April 12.

Speaking on the airlines role in regional travel Owner/Chairman Lyndon Gardiner stated, “Our dream is connecting the entire Caribbean, we feel that once we have better air connectivity we will be able to have better integration and be able to market the Caribbean as a single destination, offering more multi-destination vacations in our region.”

The airport’s proximity to the island’s main business hub and largest cluster of hotels makes it the ideal point of entry for regional travel. In 2017 the Caribbean market overtook the United Kingdom as the second largest producer of stay-over arrivals, generating 76,349 or 19.8% of total stay-over arrivals to the destination.

Minister of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting the Hon. Dominic Fedee commented on the value of the increased airlift saying, “We look forward to the opportunities that this flight allows, which connects us to even more gateways across the Caribbean.”

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9 comments

  1. LIAT has been fleecing the public like lambs in New Zealand. It is time to go.

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    • Your wishful thinking will Never come true. LIAT has outlived all that has come and gone. Even those backed with big money like Caribbean Star. You see, your problem is that you do not understand the problem is not LIAT but the high cost of travel within the region caused by the high travel taxes imposed by Caribbean Governments. That most of the money that you pay for a LIAT ticket goes to the governments? NOT SURPRISE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW. PERHAPS YOU NEVER TRAVEL OR TO CARELESS TO CHECK THE BREAKDOWN ON YOUR TICKET. SMH

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      • LIAT is the Caribbean governments poster child for wasteful inefficiency and bankruptcy of ideas to grow the region's economies. The electorates are too dumb to understand, and to drunk or high on alcohol and cannabis.

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      • Jackass, who owns LIAT? Then who imposes the taxes? Foolishness! Have you ever heard of companies in the private sector not extracting as much revenue from customers as the market will bear. Why are calls for reduction in ticket prices falling on deaf ears? Simple.

        Just like the price-gougers in the private sector, the governments elected are fleecing the public like sheep for their wool, throughout the region. The governments are the ones who are benefiting. Do you expect them to turn off tax revenue spigot any time soon? Do you expect that, when the lame-brained elected, some in deepest ignorance, only know tax and spend, as their only reason for being in government?

        Open your eyes man. . The governments as owners, with their hangers-on as board members of LIAT, are the ones who set LIAT's operational policies and prices. Who pays the piper's or LIAT's expenses, calls the tune.

        You get that? Don't you?

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  2. Small minded politics and corruption is stifling any true prospects of growth in the Caribbean region. LIAT is a perfect example. A few become rich at the expense of future of the region.....Until LIAT is run as a business, which will never happen, or is dissolved, travel through the region will be a problem. Imagine what it is doing to regional tourism.

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  3. I hope that means getting rid of LIAT SOOOON!!!

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  4. LIAT should lease its assets to this company and ensure a steady income to cover the cost of the idlers employed by host governments in its hubs.

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  5. I wish this airline the best of luck.

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  6. Demand is producing its own supply, the supplying of service, that is. If it is profitable, they will come.

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