Airline adviser says any new airline today in the Caribbean MUST be established in either The Bahamas, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

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By Tomas Chlumecky- Airline Adviser & Executive at Aviation Doctor Consulting 

Any new airline today in the Caribbean MUST be established in either The Bahamas, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

Read below why!

Lots of talk about a new regional airline in the Eastern Caribbean! but here is the reality, LIAT has just 3 x ATR-42-600 for their LIAT 2020 an hopefully a start this fall.

One Caribbean (Barbados and St. Vincent) had 2 x Saab 340B, repossessed by lessor, like Surinam Airways no aircraft of its own.

SVG Air has 2 x DHC-6-300, Mustique Company has 4-5 DHC-6-300, Guyana has 3 x Beech 1900D, and that is the capacity within the EC today, plus Caribbean Airlines with a few ATR-72-600 flying in and out.

Inter-Caribbean (Turks & Caicos) is not a Caricom carrier but since there is no one around to cover LIAT it operates EMB-120 and ERJ-145 on a few routes, hopefully not for long, OPEN SKIES for Caricom members does NOT cover non-Caricom airlines, just like the EU is open to EU members only!

NEXT, too many aviation regulators, ECCAA is infamously slow and inefficient, Barbados Aviation Department is very small and won’t even do a DHC-6-300 anymore.

And then they are all FAA Category 2 states because they do NOT adhere to international safety standards, which also include Guyana, Sint Maarten, and Curacao, and if they are not careful at CASAS in Suriname they may be next, ACMI to an airline with NO aircraft for 14 months?? where is the oversight? and other issues.

Anyway, for any airline to succeed in the Caribbean it needs to have 2 things:

  1. FAA Category 1, 2. Caricom-based to take advantage of MASA/Open Skies.

Well, that means ONLY The Bahamas, Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname, that is it! the situation is horrible in the Eastern Caribbean. High taxes, high airport fees, slow inefficient aviation authorities make it painful to bring on new aircraft, new types, new pilots, new engineers and new airlines.

Time for 1 aviation regulatory body in the Caribbean as Mr. Thompson advocates, like EASA and let’s get rid of the many administrative BS and consolidate under 1 professional organization.

Government bureaucracy has killed many airlines and look at the industry today in the Eastern Caribbean for regional airlines, 7 x ATR-72-600 (CAL), 3 x ATR-42-600 (LIAT), 3 x Beech 1900D (Guyana), and +/-7 Twin Otters (SVG).

At best 20 regional turboprops, basically a small regional airline in northern Canada, and the Eastern Caribbean needs air connectivity between the various island states and Guyana and Suriname to get around, its a necessity not a luxury!

I love this:

AVIATION IS THE BUSINESS OF FREEDOM.

THE CONNECTIVITY THAT AIR TRANSPORTATION PROVIDES BRINGS PEOPLE, BUSINESSES AND COUNTRIES TOGETHER.

AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTS FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES.

THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE FOR IT!

AIR TRANSPORT IS PARTICULARLY CRUCIAL TO THE NUMEROUS ISLAND NATIONS OF THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE MANY REMOTE STATES OF DIVERSE CULTURES AND SIZES.

Any new airline formed by Caribbean governments must be under a public-private partnership to be successful. NO more political interference in airlines, government nepotism and interference kills airlines around the world every year!

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12 COMMENTS

  1. BADMIND never triumphs. Bahamas consider themselves to be “american” not so much Caribbean. T&T have CA.

    This PISS POOR “ADVISOR” have something against the OECS???

  2. Here is a man who knows what he is talking about. He is not a politician and that shows the difference between politicians and impartial qualified persons who know what they are talking about.

  3. Some useful info. How can we expect LIAT v3 to succeed if we still don’t understand what caused the last failure

  4. Can the author please expand, with examples, the statement “ECCAA is infamously slow and inefficient”?

    • Can the author also do his homework and comeback when he realizes that the ECCAA has achived category 1 status

    • Slow. Very slow. Two companies currently trying to get approved to operate. One an amo. The other a helicopter service. Both been dealing with eccaa for over two years but still no where close to being approved!

  5. After all that info it’s clear that Lait is dead and buried this is given more reasons for a fast ferry and like right now i don’t think browne boy want to hear that guy to much all now he must be turning and tossing wondering how to reply to this guy he’s having nightmares.

  6. A new airline with the OLE Fowl “Fake American Accent” at the helm of the directorship and the poorly trained Director pilot, good pilot btw, go fly plane, who barely completed high school, at the helm of the company? Then there is a Trini flight attendant turned executive, kicked out of executive, fighting to get back in…I mean. These people brought the airline to its knees, have kept their knees on LIAT’s neck yet they are at the helm of the company?

    Not one of the executives there understand finance, non understand operations, hr is in shambles and an Administrator from guyana watching the money…wow. I say get rid of them all. There are enough young intelligent bright Caribbean people to run LIAT.

    I am sure there are super qualified staff at LIAT being held down. GB and his team may need to look for those gems within the company.

  7. I say get these governments with their big egos out of the management of Liat. Any new Liat should be an independent company run by professionals. The governments should be shareholders only. If Liat is not run as an independent company, it is doomed for failure. Why can’t these governments think of the whole rather than having control?

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