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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.

LA HABANA, Cuba - From the applications to fly direct into Cuba to the death of Fidel Castro, the island nation continues to capture headlines. Our own analysis of Cuba revealed a shifting interest in travel to the country.

First, we had a">surge in shopping when President Obama became the first U.S. president in modern times to visit Cuba. Next, we considered what the relaxation of trade restrictions might mean for">business travel in the Caribbean. Finally, we analyzed the data to see which">countries had the most active business travelers to Cuba. Altogether, the image showed a vibrant interest in both leisure and business travel to Cuba.

The Cuba story comes full circle this week, with the first commercial flights leaving from the United States bound for Cuba this week. While there is some uncertainty as to the ongoing openness between the U.S. and Cuba, American airlines are sticking to the schedule. But has this newfound convenience of direct flights made American travelers change their booking behaviors?

GEORGETOWN, Guyana  – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is to launch an investigation into the collision of two aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Tuesday.

In a brief statement, the GCAA said the incident occurred between the two aircraft around 7:50 am (local time) on the international apron.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten – Winair has been granted a full Ground Handling Concession by SXM Airport, making Winair the second ground handler in St. Maarten.

Ground handling is commonly referred to as under the wing services, which includes baggage loading and off-loading, delivery of baggage to baggage carousels, Aircraft push back, lavatory services and water services.

“ Winair is proud to have been granted this concession, allowing us to compete in providing services to all users of SXM airport on a economic and service based scenario” stated Michael Cleaver, President & CEO of Winair.

Winair’s thanks goes out to SXM Airport, in particular Mr. Larry Donker, PJIAE Management and PJAIE Supervisory board. This concession is the result of two and a half years of negotiation between the Airport and Winair. Through granting this second Ground Handling Concession users of SXM Airport now have a choice in selecting this important and essential component of their airport operations in St. Maarten.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – Absenteeism is costing regional airline LIAT millions of dollars in revenue.

The Antigua-based carrier said it is losing millions of dollars in revenue because of crew-affected illnesses.

However, LIAT’s pilots have blamed a region-wide flu outbreak and the Zika virus as the reason for the increased illnesses.

Observer Media in Antigua reported that it had perused documents that showed just how the absence of pilots and cabin crew — due to the illness — had taken a toll on the carrier’s already stretched resources. According to the documents, so far for this month alone, roughly 175 flights have been cancelled due to pilots calling in sick.

COSTA RICA – Hurricane Otto is just hours away from making landfall Thursday near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating Otto Thursday morning has found that it’s now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. This makes Otto the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934, according to meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University.

The center of Otto will most likely move inland in southern Nicaragua, making it the latest in a calendar year that a hurricane has made landfall in that country.

A hurricane warning continues from Limon, Costa Rica, to Bluefields, Nicaragua.

LONDON, UK     The largest airline tour operator in the Middle East has been given a detailed introduction to the Caribbean as Emirates Airlines prepares to service the region.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently conducted an in-house training programme in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 40 Emirates Holidays reservations, sales and operation staff to familiarize them with the Caribbean product.

The training included key selling points, along with information on attractions, events and accommodations options.

The invitation to the CTO to conduct the training is part of a growing relationship between the region’s tourism development agency and Emirates Holidays, the tour-operating arm of Emirates airline which has now chosen to operate flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with connections to the Caribbean on Jet Blue. 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  – Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy is hinting at further job cuts at regional airline LIAT.

It was just last month that the chairman of the airline’s shareholder governments, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said staff numbers had dropped from 1,200 in 2001 to 669 at present.

Sealy told Parliament Tuesday even more jobs could be slashed as the financially ailing company seeks to improve efficiency.

“This Government has made tough decisions because we understand it cannot be business as usual. That’s the reality. And you know what? We’re probably going to reduce that staff count [at LIAT] by another 30.

“Now it is true that only 90 of those people [total staff] are based here – most of them are based in Antigua, but we are trying to run a lean, mean and more efficient operation, but at the same time not compromise our social responsibility to the people of the Caribbean,” Sealy stated.

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands - interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce a major increase in air service to commence double daily services effective from December 19th, 2016 and triple daily 4 times a week.
This new AM and PM services give the opportunity for business and leisure travelers in the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to visit for a day, and be home in time for dinner. These flights operated by EMB 120 aircraft are the fastest turbo prop aircraft in its class making it the quickest connection.
Trevor Sadler, interCaribbean Chief Executive Officer said, "Since we first began service into the San Juan to Tortola we have seen a steady increase in the demand for our flights.  We are pleased to respond to this demand with significant increase in flights between two favorite islands and in addition to new daily flights from Tortola to Antigua."
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