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CARICOM Airways grounded

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Dec 30, 2010

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CARICOM Airways grounded
CASTRIES, St Lucia
Thursday December 30, 2010

The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) has stopped the St Lucia-registered CARICOM Airways from flying in the Eastern Caribbean until it gets legal.

The ECCAA has informed the operators that the airline is operating illegally as it does not have the necessary Airline Operation Convention (AOC).

“The ECCAA therefore instructs CARICOM Airways to immediately discontinue its operations until such time that it has been issued with the appropriate AOC by the ECCAA,” the Authority’s Acting Director General Donald McPhail wrote to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Rory Chin-A-Kwie.

The ECCAA correspondence confirmed what St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves had been telling St Lucia’s Tourism and Aviation Minister Allen Chastanet for weeks.

Gonsalves had insisted that the airlines was in breach of ECCAA operating procedure when Chastanet threatened, last month, to stop Vincentian airlines SVG Air and Mustique Airways from operating in St Lucia, unless approval was given to CARICOM Airways’ application to fly to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

He insisted that the airline was operating under the AOC from Suriname which, under CARICOM Convention, allows member countries to accept each other’s AOC.

But in the letter to Chin-A-Kwie, the ECCAA noted that even though CARICOM Airways has an AOC from the Civil Aviation Authority in Suriname, its principal place of business is St Lucia and “as such, and by virtue of the Civil Aviation Regulations of St. Lucia, CARICOM Airways must apply for and obtain an AOC issued by the ECCAA before commencing commercial air transport operations”.

It added that Chastanet’s application to have CARICOM Airways operate as a foreign operator could therefore not be granted.

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Re: CARICOM Airways grounded

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Dec 30, 2010

What?

NO!!!

Could it be?

Did old "Foot-In-Mouth" himself do it - AGAIN?

Was "Mr. Mighty" Chastanet WRONG - and strong - yet AGAIN?

Say it ain't so!!!

This is in-credible... amazing... un-believable... and so unfair!!

NOT!!!

Now maybe the PM of St. Lucia will provide the appropriate to his Minister - in private, but better in public - for usurping the Prime Minister's authority in directly challenging a Prime Minister of another sovereign country, threatening international relations, and clearly stepping outside of his bounds of Ministerial authority without first ascertaining the FACTS.

My only question is: Does Mr. Chastanet have ANY interest, personal or financial, in CARICOM Airways?

For this I'd like a public response.

Only in the Third World could a hot-air, self-serving, unqualified, unapologetic loudmouth like this get to be a government Minister of Cabinet, break so many the rules, in public and internationally, and both politicians people appear to accept it as a daily norm. I hope not, though. If I were a voter in St. Lucia I would be severely ashamed of my fellow countryman, mark my X somewhere else on election day, and let Mr. Chastanet get back to serving tourists - or whatever else he does for a real living. He is clearly extremely unhappy - and dangerous - as a politician.

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