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Jamaica says no to Turks airline

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Nov 29, 2010

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Jamaica says no to Turks airline
Monday, November 29, 2010

IN what is being touted as a win for the local aviation industry, the Civil Aviation Authority last week shot down an application from a Turks and Caicos Islands carrier seeking a licence to service several Caribbean routes, including Jamaica.

Air Turks and Caicos (2003) Limited had in April applied for a licence from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority to provide air transport services to several routes including

* Turks and Caicos/Kingston/Nassau, Bahamas/Kingston/Turks and Caicos;

* Turks and Caicos/Kingston/Port-au-Prince/Santo Domingo/Port-au-Prince/Kingston/Turks and Caicos; and

* Turks and Caicos/Kingston/Havana/Kingston/Turks and Caicos.

But shortly after the application was submitted, local company Jamaica Air Shuttle, which trades as Airways International Limited, filed an objection through its attorney Patrick Foster, QC, a partner in the law firm Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co.

In its objection, Airways International said that it had the capacity and potential to provide the services on the routes that Air Turks wanted to operate and there was no need for a foreign company to come in to provide that service.

Also, the local company contends that a bilateral agreement between the United Kingdom and Jamaica sets out the rights that carriers for the two countries should have, and that the air transport licence that Air Turks wanted from the aviation authority was outside of those bilateral rights.

Following a recent hearing in the matter, the full board of the Civil Aviation Authority, including chairman YP Seaton and managing director, Col Oscar Darby, last week rejected Air Turks' application.

Managing director of Airways International, Christopher Reid, expressed satisfaction with the ruling.

"I am pleased with the outcome. It now gives a Jamaican company a chance to expand throughout the Caribbean Region. It's a victory for the Jamaican aviation industry," Reid said through attorney Foster.

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