Antigua & Barbuda now boasts its first acquisition of an aircraft in its fleet in establishing its Air Force with the Islander which was expected to start the Barbuda Airline.
Painted black with the flag of Antigua on its tail, the aircraft has been refurbished and parked outside the CalvinAir hangar now for weeks, occasionally lifting off for a spin.
One wonders whether the plan is to use the aircraft for drug interdiction or just to fly police and other regulatory uniformed persons to Barbuda as the needs demand, in preparation for the coming elections and to maintain the order demanded of
PLH and monitoring their incursions on the lands of the people of Barbuda.
Whatever the reason for the seizure and transfer of the aircraft from shuttling people between the sister isles to military use, the reasoning is faulty.
The need for government financed transportation between the islands could have been given to LIAT to manage and the small aircraft fleet increased to cover demand.