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ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – Regional carrier LIAT strongly refuted allegations that one of its pilots was intoxicated as he prepared to operate a flight from Barbados to St. Vincent last week.

On December 13, a passenger on-board the flight alleged they had detected the smell of alcohol on one of the operating pilots.

“The pilot voluntarily submitted to independent testing by medical professionals in Barbados shortly after the allegation and as expected, all results were negative,” the company said in a statement.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – AVA Airways St. Maarten, represented by its Chairman Olivier Arrindell and President of Ava Curacao, Giovanni Atalita, and Capital Partners, represented by Dan Smith have signed a 65-million-dollar Equity/Debt agreement on December 14th 2016 in the Dominican Republic. This deal is an initial investment to start the aviation group of company of AVA Airways. From this 65-million-dollar deal, $20 million is immediately available starting January 2017 to finalize the process to initiate operations from St. Maarten and the Dominican Republic.

The representatives of AVA Airways indicated that the company will start operating to and from 15 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. One of those destinations is St. Maarten and also to hub and spoke via its Ava St. Maarten company. The airline is currently in the process with the Aviation Authorities in St. Maarten and according to Mr. Arrindell the Authorities are now in the final stage of selecting a third-party. Mr. Arrindell indicated that he is positive and hopeful that his home town and place of birth would evaluate the economic benefit to St. Maarten.

NEW YORK  – A former JetBlue Airways flight attendant who is accused of smuggling nearly 60 pounds of cocaine into the Los Angeles International Airport is expected to plead guilty Monday afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles, officials said.

Marsha Gay Reynolds, 31, of Queens, N.Y., was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after she abandoned two carry-on luggage bags at a security checkpoint on March 18. She had been randomly selected for a search when she kicked off her heels and dashed out of the airport, according to U.S. District Court documents.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) has fined two senior LIAT pilots who flew an aircraft in contravention of aviation regulations in September.

Antigua Observer reported that Chief Training Captain Christopher Cameron was fined EC$5000, while his co-accused, Chief Pilot Wayne Austin McDonald was fined EC$3000.

Observer cited a source with knowledge of the probe confirmed.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten - Mr. Greg Kalinchuk Managing Director of Unity Aviation Canada Ltd. one of the suppliers of aircraft to Winair visited our facilities to review and discuss Winair’s aircraft requirements for upcoming season 2017/18. Mr. Kalinchuk reviewed and assisted our maintenance department with our procedures in maintaining our aircraft and was satisfied with our maintenance program in place for servicing our aircraft.

Mr. Collin Morris Winair’s Acting Director of maintenance of Winair and Mr. Kalinchuk also took the opportunity to present and distribute additional tools to all Winair’s A&P mechanics and auto shop employees to assist them in their responsibilities.

”It is truly partners like Unity AC that come to assist and provide resources for our employees that clearly demonstrate we are working together for a common goal, maintaining our aircraft to the highest standards in the aviation industry and developing our employees for the long run.“ stated Michael Cleaver, President and CEO of Winair.

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce a new nonstop weekly service from Providenciales to Montego Bay.

These new flights will commence operating on December 18th, 2016 every Sunday and return every Monday. The service is initially offered on a once weekly basis on the following schedule.  This new flight increases the flights to 8 weekly flights in each direction between Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands with a faster flight and improved connections from San Juan -Puerto Rico, Nassau - Bahamas and Santo Domingo -Dominican Republic.  These flights offer the fastest way around the Caribbean.
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -  Due to changing market conditions InselAir is forced to make some organizational and operational changes in order to adapt to the new market parameters. These changes are necessary to remain a healthy organization and to fulfil its pivotal role as important contributor to; the economy of Curacao in general, bringing hundreds of thousands tourist yearly to the ABC-islands, as provider of hundreds of direct and thousands of indirect jobs and as main carrier between the islands within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With the initiatives, which are elaborated below, InselAir has faith and confidence in the future of its organization and its ability to remain one of the largest employers on Curacao.

Compensating for Venezuelan marked reduction

In recent months InselAir has successfully compensated, to a large extent, the decrease of the Venezuelan part of its operations (from 35% to 4%) by adding new routes and destinations to its network, such as Port-of-Spain, Barranquilla, Georgetown, Manaus, Havana, San Juan and Quito. In addition, InselAir has increased frequencies to and from Paramaribo, Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo. “It turns out to be very challenging to compensate this loss completely and we realize that we will need to accept this and restructure our organization around this ‘new reality’’, says Albert Kluijver, CEO of InselAir. “For the part of our operations that we were unable to compensate we will have to reduce our costs. For that reason we have been carefully looking into all aspects of our business including financial, operational, commercial, general affairs and maintenance in order to realize the costs reduction required to compensate for particular that part. Another important initiative is to scale down our flight operations based on the new expected traffic from our revised route network”, according to Kluijver.

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –  LIAT has added a new 68-seater ATR aircraft to its existing fleet of nine.

The new plane landed at the VC Bird International Airport on Friday and was greeted by an exuberant ground crew and numerous officials including the Minister of Aviation, Sir Robin Yearwood.

Captain Phil Gunsam and co-pilot Rawle Francis executed a low altitude, low speed fly-by over the runway demonstrating the manoeuvreability of the new aircraft.

KINGSTON, Jamaica  –  Transport and Mining Minister Lester “Mike” Henry has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the malfunctioning of lights on the runway of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston.

Minister Henry said that while he understands acts of God and unforeseen circumstances, there is just no room for error as Jamaica’s enviable aviation record must not be compromised at any given time. He said that against the background of the Government’s open skies policy being pursued, operations at the island’s airports must be flawless.

Chairman of the board of the Airports Authority of Jamaica, William “Billy” Shagoury, and chairman of the board of NMIA, Neil Seaton, have been asked to furnish the report in the shortest possible time.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua-based Caribbean Helicopters has partnered the Ministry of Tourism for the island of Nevis in the establishment of regular helicopter flights between Nevis and Antigua, located just 86 kilometres apart.The flights, which are aimed at improving Nevis’s profile in the Caribbean tourism market, will operate 3 times weekly using Bell Helicopter 206 LongRangers.

The flights, which are aimed at improving Nevis’s profile in the Caribbean tourism market, will operate 3 times weekly using Bell Helicopter 206 LongRangers.

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