St Vincent To Get Indigenous Based 737 Airline

St Vincent and the Grenadines would have its own 737 indigenous based airline in the not too distant future.

Prime Minister Gonsalves disclosed such information at his New Year’s press conference.

He said there is a group of Vincentian pilots and business people who want to start a small locally base 737 service.

He said this would link St Vincent from different airports, to which his government is going to give full support.

He said that the AIA has already given the group space on which to construct a hanger. Gonsalves said the clearing of such space has already begun.

The Prime Minister said the cabinet has already taken his view on the matter and have decided to give full support to this indigenous group.

He said the terms of the support have not been finalized but these would be guaranteed by the government.

 

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    • Good question! My bet is that Gonsalves is again talking fantasy. Most everything he says never happens unless at heavy expense for the people. Did he ever renovate Kingstown as he promised? Did he create 10s of thousands of jobs as he promised? Where is the cross-country road? He also said he was going to fix all the roads in Saint Vincent on a scale never before seen…Did he ever do that? He had to do the airport because he would be a total flop if he did not. Now we are all paying for it and it will probably continue to be the biggest economic mistake in SVG History. In this case, someone probably considered a small airline and Gonsalves presents it already as a reality. I hope it is not again some of the “questionable” investors he seems to attract.

  1. How does this make ANY sense? We “boast” a shiny airport airport whose final construction cost remains a well guarded state secret with operational costs as yet unknown. After many promises o attracting international flights whose brands will help Argyle and SVG, we are still no closer to achieving this. Thus far, all we have done is to allow Vincentians to return home without the inconvenience and occasional ignominy of the “Bajan experience”. It appears that our “international airport” cannot attract international airlines, for whatever reason. At a very high level, these reasons can fall into either of two categories: Airport Operations or Destination Appeal. Our “visionary” response strategy to these unknown/unacknowledged challenges is now to support an “indigenous” airline, in an industry that is notorious for it’s high cost, financial volatility and rate of failure. I am not suggesting that it should not be explored as an option, however, if the same minds that created the current airport fiasco are the architects of this plan, then I believe it’s far from foolproof. With that in mind, I would like to list a few well intentioned questions to ponder and hopefully elicit a clear response from our erstwhile leadership. I would also encourage other citizens and comrades to include their own:

    1. What are the main reasons we have been unable to attract and sustain an international carrier?
    2. Were we to attract one full flight per week of tourists from the UK, USA and Canada ( traditional source markets for the Caribbean), does SVG have the bed and hospitality capacity to accommodate the visitors? Do we have local attractions to encourage and optimise the visitor spend such that we can label the venture a financial success?
    3. Will this airline be plying regional as well as international routes? If it is plying regional only, would it compete with LIAT, in which we already have substantial state investment? If it will be, do we divest of LIAT or will we simply be hedging our bets on two weak business propositions and potentially losing twice? If it will be plying international routes, given our inability to attract an international airline to fly this route, what is our capacity for competing with such carriers and managing the operations of an international airline?
    4. What happens should the new airline not succeed and require ongoing state support? How will the determination be made as to if such support is granted?
    5. Are other solutions being explored for increasing airlift and visitor arrivals to SVG? If so, can a clear case by case evaluation be made so as to allow for a truly national beneficial solution?
    6. Will the beneficial ownership of such a venture be transparent so that Vincentian people can know how their money is being spent? In the case of LIAT, which is a state owned investment, citizens have a right to what is essentially public information. If however, this airline is handled like the airport, then will be left wondering in another 5,7,10 years “whey de money gone?”.

    • Just look at how negative you guys are in can’t believe my eyes when the NDP was in power what did they do comparing to what the current primeconomic minister is doing that is my question??? Who ever you are need to look at the positive stuff an stuff basing on the negative stuff all the time smh know matter what good our prime minister do for us as the people you guys tend to look always at the negative why is that so??? However i’ll be quite Frankeen here in asking you a personal question if the NDP win the next general election would they do all the things at once?? Would they if they were in power now achieve all that Mr. Gonsalves did an is still doing??? Would they??? Yes the hospital need full attention that he needs to focus on but stop making everything a problem cause know matter where you go an island where thousands of people live or a country where millions live still have these problems that you are listing no matter where we go an island or a country faces these problem too so stop making everything he doespecially a problem stop.

  2. Good morning. I am wondering if a more financially viable option to the Air transportation challenges that we face in the Caribbean would not be to privatize L.I.A T. and free the Governments which keep pumping valuable dollars into a sinking ship.

  3. Why everything have to be political with you writers, comparing political antics, charking up your afaliated party. I advise you all to be more optimistic and not pessimistic. This country besides Trinidad and Jamaica may have the ability to boast it own international airlines, which may have the capability to transport all you acolytes.
    One question for all you Ralph haters.
    Do you know that you have the best Leader in the Region, stop the political picking and give your support to your country man.
    With every business you have to take risk

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