Antigua Airways awaiting clearance to operate Schedule Service

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Antigua Airways is unable to offer scheduled service between Antigua and Barbuda and Nigeria as it has not received an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA).

Lionel Hurst, Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed this development today as he responded to questions from journalists at the post-cabinet media briefing.

“The problem has been that although the submissions have taken place… ECCAA requires far more information for it to issue the license than has been for coming.

At least this is what has been told by ECCAA,” Hurst commented.

“We are at the same time in Antigua and Barbuda and throughout the OECS attempting to move our country from a second-tier level to a first-tier level.

And in order to do that the airlines operating into and out of Antigua and Barbuda must meet certain guidelines.

It looks as though Antigua Airways is moving towards meeting those guidelines so ECCAA and issue the license to it so that it can become a regular carrier.”

Hurst noted that having a frequent service between the Caribbean and West Africa will augur well for travellers from the regions as it would significantly reduce costs and travel times.

Antigua Airways will continue to operate as a charter service between the V.C. Bird International Airport and Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport until it receives clearance.

The last charter took place on November 1 and it was operated by Euroatlantic Airways. They used a Boeing 767-300 to fly the route.

The next flight is expected to arrive in Antigua on December 23.

SOURCE: Loop News

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  1. So the inaugural trip was a cover to smuggle a capsule filled with who knows what (take your pick : cash a.k.a money laundering, arms, bomb, etc.)? It truly is amazing how STUPID the Gaston Browne Administration think Antiguans & Barbudans are!!! So much grandeur around the trip and now the airline cannot offer service? Another FAILED experiment for the Nation and more than likely a lucrative one for Gaston and his cronies!!

      • @ Iman…… It is the UPP’s DNA to place Antigua in a negative light while under the Labour party Gov’t. Let’s not forget when persons were traveling with an Antiguan passport, they were harassed by the immigration & security officers all bcuz the opposition indicated that Antiguans

        • And who was the Prime Minister who barred/exiled passport holding Antiguans during the Covid-19 PLANDEMIC … hmmm, let me guess 🥸

          If you had a brain @ Bluddy Bloke, you’d be dangerous. Lawd ah mercy!!!

  2. The critical thinking and intellectual Antiguans knew this so-called airline was all utter bulldust from the get-go.

    An election ploy that totally backfired – good try though Gassy, you hoodwinked a lot of your gullible supporters … 👍

    REMEMBER 50 YEARS OF BIRDISM AND BROWNEISM AND ANTIGUA STILL MESSY SO ‘TILL!

    • @Brixtonian. Seems as though the passengers may have consisted of bank atm’s and govt. agency hackers. Certainly not out of line with the worldwide reputation Nigeria has for corruption, rip off specialists and hackers. Even worse to bring them here to abuse, steal from, the people of this tiny country.

  3. I bet that LYING LIONEL made up that story on the spur of the moment.
    Hey, Gaston: You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time

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