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CARICOM Airways ordered to discontinue service

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Feb 09, 2011

http://www.cbji.com/topstory.aspx?id=CA ... ervice-644

CARICOM Airways ordered to discontinue service

Though St. Lucia Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet has denied that the company was operating illegally, CARICOM Airways was ordered to discontinue operations within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States immediately.

The order from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) came just weeks after Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines stated the airline had failed to address certain issues stipulated by the ECCAA for operations in the area. Chastanet responded to that statement with a strong statement of denial.

The St. Lucia Tourism Minister handed the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government an ultimatum: Respond to an application that allows CARICOM Airways to schedule a flight into the island or the two St. Vincent-based airlines would be denied permission to operate in St. Lucia. SVG Air and Mustique Airways are based on St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Chastanet reported that CARICOM Airways operated according to the Airline Operation Convention (AOC) of Suriname. That convention under the CARICOM agreement, allows member countries to accept the other's AOC.

However, the ECCAA responded that even with CARICOM Airways being given an AOC from Suriname's Civil Aviation Authority the information provided to ECCAA shows that the airline's principal place of business is St. Lucia. The letter was addressed to SRM Chin-A-Kwie, chief executive officer of Caribbean Commuter Airways N.V.

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, noted the letter signed by the ECCCA Acting Director General Donald McPhail.

According to the letter, St. Lucia's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation applied on behalf of CARICOM Airways, seeking permission to operate as a foreign operator pursuant to Part 10 of the Regulations. We wish to advise that in light of the foregoing, permission to operate under Part 10 of the Regulations cannot be granted to CARICOM Airways, McPhail wrote.

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, McPhail added.

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