St. Lucia based CARICOM Airways to resume operations shortly
St. Lucia’s Attorney General Laurenzo Rudolph Francis has said that the aviation dispute over landing rights for the St. Lucia-registered airline CARICOM Airways has been resolved and a statement to that effect is expected to be released by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA).
Just a few weeks after the airline launched its services in Dominica, the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) had ordered the airline to cease its operations until it became legal, saying that it did not have the necessary Airline Operation Convention (AOC).
However, Francis said that he accompanied tourism Minister Allan Chastanet to Antigua and Barbuda for talks on the issue last week and while not providing details of the agreement, he indicated that the ECCAA had acted hastily in calling for the grounding of CARICOM Airways”.
But according to him, they have been able to resolve the matter amicably following extensive talks.
The dispute spurred comments from many concerned citizens, among them was the opposition leader of the United Workers Party Honourable Hector John who viewed the grounding of CARICOM Airways in Dominica as a total embarrassment for the government.
The carrier which was launched in Dominica in December was expected to begin with two flights into the Canefield Airport from January 2nd, 2011.
The legality of the airline came to light in November 2010 when St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves refused to allow CARICOM Airways to fly to his territory, saying that it was operating illegally.