Notes From The Margin

October 21, 2007

Regional Travel To Become Cheaper! (Don’t Hold Your Breath!)

CBC carried a story with the headline with regard to a recent meeting between regional ministers of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Spokesman Alan Chastenet (St. Lucia) gave the following statement.

 “We will be paying attention to a structure in which regional carriers can all collaborate with each other, and given the size and population of the region, make our region more affordable by jointly agreeing to streamline international regulations which do not apply to our area but only make access to international airlift more expensive and complicated,”

Not to be left out BArbados’ Noel Lynch chimed in….

“We have been able to make significant headway on issues and set a timetable to achieve functional cooperation between airlines, determining the benchmarks which allow other regions with similar development profiles to achieve the success that continues to elude us, and resolving issues which retard our growth such as taxation, costs, over regulation, and the concept not only of open skies but a common airspace,”

Now we on the margin have heard promises many times on this matter. It would appear from the press statements  that they seem to have agreed to agreee, but from our reading of the article it doesn’t look like if there has been much substantial progress yet.

So we will remain hopeful, but we won’t get our hopes up.



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  2. Marginal…
    You are certainly right about the promises.
    Daily Nation 5th February 2007 under a story headed ‘Air Vow’ the same Minister was promising lower Intra Caribbean airfares.
    23rd may BFP highlighted the lack of action under ‘Regional Airfares probably the highest they have ever been’.

    8 months later and seemingly no tangible progress.

    I believe the ‘skyhigh’ airfares have done enormous damage to our already soft eight long summer month season.
    Winter generally takes take of itself, but unless we generate more viable business during the off-season (which Intra Caribbean business does) then we will be adding to the 26 hotels that have already closed over the last 12 years.

    Comment by Adrian Loveridge — October 22, 2007 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  3. […] Notes From The Margin has heard talk about lowering the cost of regional air travel several times over – and this time, he's not holding his breath. Share This […]

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  4. ‘Trinidad and Tobago and other Caricom markets
    showed decreases of 9% and 22.6% respectively’
    for the first 7 months of 2007.

    Source: Barbados Statistical Services

    There is the evidence.

    Comment by Adrian Loveridge — October 29, 2007 @ 10:19 am | Reply

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