Three important regional carriers, Air Antilles, Liat and Winair are working on an initative to make interregional traffic more efficient with the potential help of European funding.
Under the name ‘Caribsky’ the three carriers want to provide better connections to travellers accross the English, Dutch and French speaking Caribbean. The Chief Executive Officers of the three carriers working on the project, Michael Cleaver of WINAIR, Serge Tsygalnitzky of AIRANTILLES and Julie Reifer-Jones of LIAT will be providing more details about the projects in a joint press conference to be held on April 17, 2018 in Creole Beach Hotel, Pointe de la Verdure in Gosier, Guadeloupe.
Winair for some years already enjoys a close cooperation with Air Antilles. Based on a wet-leased agreement with Air Antilles Winair flies to various regional destinations with Air Antilles ATR aircraft, among which the routes between Sint Maarten and Curaçao, between St. Maarten and Haiti and between Bonaire and St. Eustatius.
It is noteworthy that various regional carriers, including Winair and Liat struggle to stay financially viable. Although Winair for some time was on a path of growth and expansion, the St. Maarten based carrier was hit bad by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Operational trouble at Curaçao based Insel Air has provided Winair a new lifeline in the form of regular flights between Sint Maarten and Hato Airport in Curaçao.
A great opportunity for the three air carriers to marshal the skies between the tri lingual Caribbean islands. I hope such a venture would fasten the move towards regional integration.
I am excited to be part of that regional experience.