[Fly Montserrat] Cancellations Catch Passengers Off Guard

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[Fly Montserrat] Cancellations Catch Passengers Off Guard

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Dec 22, 2012

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[Fly Montserrat] Airline’s Cancellations Catch Passengers Off Guard
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012.

St. John’s Antigua

Passengers travelling from Antigua to the Emerald Isle on Fly Montserrat Airlines yesterday were left stranded and confused as the airline cancelled all of its flights.

An employee in Montserrat told OBSERVER Media that all of the pilots were pulled from service for mandatory training. However, some passengers reported that they had no idea the flights were cancelled, only learning so after they showed up at VC Bird International Airport.

Others say they were told that their flights were cancelled but were not given an explanation.

The Fly Montserrat worker said passengers were being accommodated on the Montserrat Ferry instead.

The airline has had its fair share of troubles in recent months, beginning with a plane crash on October 7 at the VC Bird airport. Two passengers and the pilot, Captain Jason Forbes, were killed.

At the time, managing director of the airline Nigel Harris pledged that Fly Montserrat would survive the financial and reputational setback.

“We are well-resourced, well established and we have big, solid foundations and of course Lloyd’s insurance company is standing behind us,” he said then.

Harris asserted that air travel continued to be the safest mood of transportation.

A little over two weeks later, a Fly Montserrat plane overshot the runway when landing at the John Osborne Airport in Montserrat, stopping only a few feet short of a cliff.

The airline later had its services in Antigua halted by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) while the body conducted investigations into “safety concerns.”

Fly Montserrat was subsequently returned to full status by ECCAA.

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