Two Regional Carriers included in Dominica’s Flight Itinerary
Partnership between the two air carriers is expected to bring some relief in air access to the island, making available some 15,000 seats per year to the French West Indies and St Maarten.
Benoit Bardouille, CEO of Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA), during a consultation on Wednesday, April 9, said the partnership will make travel easier to and from Dominica.
“As you know our French neighbours are extremely important in our tourism business given the fact that a number of our visitors come from the French West Indies and it is used as a gateway to Europe. So having Air Antilles as a partner with WINAIR, which also has great connections for us through St Martin, creates an avenue whereby we have now increased our capability in terms of the number of seats available to Dominica,” he said.
There will be three weekly flights to Dominica as a result of this partnership, which Bardouille believes is a step towards the DDA’s goal of acquiring 90,000 stay over visitors by the year 2015.
WINAIR’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Cleaver feels confident in partnering with Air Antilles, as they attempt to fill flights and attract and transport persons to Dominica.
Cleaver said, “We have committed all three parties to work together on better communication to the outside travelling public so they understand truly what we offer.”
Meanwhile, Air Antilles’ Chief Executive Officer, Serge Tsygalnitzky says the disadvantage was that the various airlines were limited to their own market.
“We have been working together for the last nine months trying to develop new routes, trying to think of new things we could do together and it appears to be a success”, he said.
It is also expected that the partnerships will result in new routes and markets being open to the island.