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CARICOM Airways dispute resolved

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Jan 04, 2011

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CARICOM Airways dispute resolved
by Global News Staff
Published on January 4, 2011

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- St Lucia’s attorney general, Rudolph Francis has said that the aviation dispute over landing rights for the locally-registered CARICOM Airways has been resolved and a statement to that effect is expected to be released by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA).

Tourism minister, Alan Chastanet had threatened to ground two Vincentian carriers flying into St Lucia unless authorities in Kingstown allowed the carrier to land there under a reciprocal Caribbean Community (CARICOM) arrangement.

However, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported that in a recent ruling the ECCAA announced that CARICOM Airways was operating illegally and ordered the carrier to immediately discontinue its operations within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Francis, who accompanied Chastanet to Antigua and Barbuda for talks on the issue last week, while not providing details of the agreement, indicated that the ECCAA had acted hastily in calling for the grounding of CARICOM Airways.

"We have been able to amicably resolve the matter following our talks last week and I am happy to be in a position to help clear up the legal ramifications involved in what is in fact a complicated issue," Francis said.

"The matter with ECCAA was primarily a legal one and the outcome of the talks suggested that the regional body acted prematurely in grounding the carrier as they did not have any legal basis.

"As attorney general I considered it my duty to assist the minister of tourism and government in general in this matter, and I can assure you that it was very successfully resolved," Francis added.

He said that he expects the carrier to resume flying shortly.

"We intend giving CARICOM Airways as much support as possible in keeping with our long term goals of making St Lucia a hub for tourism development and travel within the region; that essentially is our interest," Francis said.

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Simon Anderson:

"ECCA announced that CARICOM Airways was operating illegally and ordered the carrier to immediately discontinue its operations within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean states."

That is the finding of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority. (ECCAA).

St Lucian Tourism Minister, Alan Chastanet, had previously threatened to ground two Vincentian carriers from flying into St Lucia unless Ralph Gonsalves and his government permitted the illegal Caricom Airways to land in St Vincent.

Chastanet, who is not even an elected Minister of government, moved ahead of his Prime Minister in making this threat to his sister island despite the illegal circumstances under which their airline was operating.

Ralph Gonsalves had previously refused to have Caricom Airways land in St Vincent as a result of several discrepancies which were found by the Vincentian authorities.

One of these charges was that the ONLY crew member on the plane was the PILOT. No co-pilot and no stewardess! Their planes were also found to lack frequent servicing records as well.

With this in mind, PM Gonsalves decided that Caricom Airways needed to be brought up to code, before they could be allowed to fly into St Vincent. Chastanet got mad, and decided to fight back by threatening to ban Vincentian aircraft from landing in St Lucia.

Chastanet pointed to other Caricom states which permitted CARICOM Airways to land in their respective countries. Yes, they did, but they did so at the expense of the safety of the passengers flying on that airline illegally!

What would have happened, if unfortunately, some accident occurred? Would Chastanet and the St Lucian authorities have said,
"OOPS! SORRY... WE MADE A MISTAKE!"

Chastanet should be made to publicly apologise to PM Gonsalves of St Vincent, and to the St Lucian PM as well, for his lack of judgement and his absolute, profound, unpardonable stupidity.

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Re: CARICOM Airways dispute resolved

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Jan 04, 2011

I say Mr. Anderson is correct, but has not gone far enough.

Will Mr. Chastanet now declare publicly his personal ownership, shareholding and/or influence on or interest in CARICOM Airways? And if not, why not?

Minister "Foot-In-Mouth" Chastanet's behaviour over the last six months in the matter of CARICOM Airways strongly suggests that he has a financial interest in the airline. As a government politician is behooves him to immediately declare his interests in the company - and whether he has anything to gain from all the risks and threats emanating from his person on behalf of the said airline.

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