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FORT LAUDERDALE  –  Five people are dead and a shooting suspect is in custody Friday after a lone gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida without saying a word, witnesses and authorities say.

At 2:30 p.m. local time, the TSA said there was another active shooter at the airport and that all terminals were closed.

The suspect in the first shooting was identified as Esteban Santiago, Fla. Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters. He said Santiago was carrying a military ID, but did not elaborate.

Eight people were rushed to hospitals, the Broward County Sheriff said. The city’s mayor said there was only one shooter involved in the first incident.

CHARLOTTE  –  A flight crew union has called for regulation of cabin air quality following a third instance of emitting fumes or odor on an American Airlines plane in the past three months.

In the latest incident, several flight attendants complained of headaches on an Orlando-bound flight this week.

Eight crew members on flight 1868 from Charlotte were examined and given a clean bill of health by paramedics at the airport but all but one ‘insisted’ they be taken to hospital, ABC News reported.

The airline said it is undertaking a ‘thorough maintenance inspection,’ of the A330 jet.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – The union that represents LIAT pilots wants the airline to punish the passenger who made a “mischievous allegation” against a pilot earlier this month.

In a release issued today, the Antigua-based Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) stopped just short of demanding that the regional carrier bans or takes legal action against the passenger, who on December 13 accused the pilot of smelling of alcohol.

Neither the airman nor the passenger has been named, but the accusation led to the cancellation of the flight to St Vincent as some passengers and staff were required to submit formal reports to the relevant authorities.

“LIALPA is aware of the standing procedures the company has in dealing with disruptive passengers.  In the past, these measures have included legal action taken against the passenger (s) and/or the passenger (s) being blacklisted on all LIAT operated flights. We are confident that LIAT will deal with this situation no differently,” the statement said.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten - Caribbean Journal's annual “Caribbean Travel Awards” celebrate the best in travel and tourism across the Caribbean in 2016 and Princess Juliana International Airport was honored with the coveted title ‘Caribbean Airport of the Year’. The recognition was announced by the leading regional travel site via its website late last week where it stated: “Too many Caribbean airports offer less-than-satisfactory experiences, with inefficient immigration lines and poor shopping offerings. That’s why it’s always so refreshing to fly to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, one of the region’s most modern and well-managed airports. It’s also a crucial hub for regional travel, with a large network of connecting flights all across the Caribbean.”

In many ways, travel defines the Caribbean. It inspires, it creates, it entertains, it employs. It moves people and it moves souls. With travel and tourism being the Caribbean's largest economic driver, on St.Maarten SXM Airport is a vital and crucial operation that has a significant socio-economic impact.

“Earning this recognition is a positive reinforcement of outstanding performance and continuous growth that makes Princess Juliana International Airport a leader of its own class in the region,” according to Larry Donker, Deputy Managing Director of SXM Airport. “Much of the airport’s success lies in the spirit and motivation of its highly qualified and motivated staff.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, hosted a welcome reception on Tuesday December 20, 2016 for Air Canada Rouge’s new nonstop service between Toronto and Trinidad.

Yesterday’s departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1880 marks the beginning of a new, year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain as part of the airline’s ongoing global expansion. This new service connects with Air Canada’s extensive domestic and international network through the Toronto-Pearson global hub. The commencement of this service marks the resumption of a 60 year route that Air Canada had ended in 2008.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten - The 2nd annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup will be held June 13-15, 2017 on St.Maarten and is hosted by St.Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM-Airport). The conference venue is Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.

The Caribbean Aviation Meetup is a results-oriented platform for communication between the various stakeholders in the aviation, tourism and investment industries.

Airlift is vital to tourism and tourism is vital to the economies in the entire Caribbean region.

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.

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