Tourism Minister Robert Tongue
ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two new airlines may soon be providing services to Dominica, minister for tourism Robert Tongue has revealed.
Tongue, who was speaking at a recent town hall meeting, stated that both airlines are based in the Caribbean.
Dominica’s main air carrier LIAT has been criticised for its irregular operations.
On Monday, the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) issued a press release calling on the shareholder governments to remove the current LIAT management, saying it “unfortunately has no other choice”.
“Hopefully soon we will have two new airlines servicing Dominica, one of them is called TIA out of Barbados and St Lucia which will start sometime in October… to ensure that more persons can come to Dominica when they want to come and also more affordable,” he said.
The other airline was not named.
He added that traveling to Dominica is still a challenge, however, his ministry has been engaging with a number of airlines to improve travel.
“And as you know sometimes it can be very challenging to get to Dominica but we are doing a lot to speak with all the different airlines and encourage them to provide better service and come to Dominica,” he stated.
Tonge said that last year, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit engaged LIAT for better services.
“And since then I must say LIAT has done a much better job and we continue to speak with them on a day to day basis to ensure that persons who want to come to Dominica, you as individuals, residents, and also the visitors can come to Dominica the same day,” he indicated.