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[Turks & Caicos] Sky Cruise Airlines gets licence

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Jan 09, 2012


[Turks & Caicos] Sky Cruise Airlines gets licence
By Vivian Tyson - SUN Senior Editor
Posted Jan 9, 2012

Sky Cruise – a locally-owned airline wanting to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands aviation market - has overcome the first hurdle of operating in the TCI after being granted approval by the Air Transportation Licensing Authority (ATLA).

The airline will now await approval from the local Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in order for it to be fully certified to operate in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sky Cruise also plans to fly regionally. If approved by the CAA, it will make that airline the third domestic carrier and the second to operate out of the Turks and Caicos Islands in almost four years.

The now defunct Sky King Airways, which was bought by leading domestic airlines Air Turks and Caicos was the other local airline company that flew regionally.

Secretary for the Air Transportation Licensing Authority, George Garland, confirmed the granting of the aviation business license, further telling The SUN that it is now left to the CAA to decide whether or not to give the airline the green light to operate.

A source from CAA said that they were yet to receive the Sky Cruise application, but said its processing would rest on the information that has been provided. The source also said the application should, among other things, explain its viability and the kind of craft that the company would employ.

SkyCruise Airways is owned by SkyBlue Aviation Limited, a company which was registered on April 8th 2011 with offices at P.O.B 209, Logberg Corporate Services, Chancery Court, on Leeward Highway, which is the law office of TWA Marcelin Wolf.

If successful in its bid, the new airline will also be operating an FBO in an area close to the proposed new departure terminal. It will also break the regional monopoly of Air Turks and Caicos, which is operated by Lyndon Gardiner.

The SUN has been reliably informed that SkyCruise Airways is being backed by some exceedingly wealthy Canadians who have a wealth of experience in the aviation industry.
The new airline plans to operate DH6, which have 19 seats, Jetstreams which have 30 seats and CRJ-2000/700 which have between 50 and 72 seats.

Sky Cruise, in its initial operation met strong opposition from Air Turks and Caicos, which told an open forum convened by the ATLA and the CAA that the domestic market, especially, could not sustain another airline.

Caicos Express, which originally operated between Providenciales and Grand Turk via Salt Cay, has since been granted the licensed to operate directly between the two major islands.

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