[GoFly] New Airline Awaits Approval to Fly in St. Lucia

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[GoFly] New Airline Awaits Approval to Fly in St. Lucia

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[GoFly] New Airline Awaits Approval to Fly in St. Lucia
September 26, 2016

A new airline, named Go Fly Airline, is all set to take to the Caribbean skies presenting what may very well be a new lease on life to air travel in the region, particularly the eastern Caribbean.

But before this can happen, Go Fly Airline needs to get over one obstacle presently in its flight path; getting approval from local and regional civil aviation regulatory authorities to commence its commercial flights.

Go Fly's founder is St. Lucian, Mario Reyes, a pilot and aviation professional for the past 30 years.

“The big question mark right now is getting regulatory authority to operate the aircraft in question,” Reyes said, adding that lack of approval from the regulatory authority to date has to do with the aircraft’s single engine configuration. We are looking to our evaluation right now and after that we would be presenting to the regulatory authority the proposal and see how it goes from there. Everything depends on the regulatory authority,” Reyes said.

He added that the airline’s intention is to operate between Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada in the first instance. And since Go Fly Airline will engage in a direct service, ancillary costs will be cut out of the equation hence making travel cheaper.

“Our intention is to provide direct services, mostly non-stop between OECS territories which would eliminate a lot of overnight accommodation requirements and airport fees,” Reyes said, noting that this hopefully could reduce the cost of travel within the sub-region.

The company presently has only one aircraft to its name, a Cessna Caravan EX, capable of holding 12 passengers.

“This is a St. Lucian initiative, with St. Lucian investors. St. Lucians are driving this,” Reyes said.

He added that the airline is open to investors, including institutional investors, like governments, for instance.

“We will be approaching different governments, institutional investors to take part in this enterprise,” Reyes said.

Reyes, earlier today brought a local press contingent to view the airline and even take a short flight on it of they so desired all in an effort to generate public interest in the venture.

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Re: [GoFly] New Airline Awaits Approval to Fly in St. Lucia

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From Tomas Chlumecky

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That is a crazy idea, how will you run a "foreign" airline in the Eastern Caribbean flying scheduled services to OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) members without the involvement of the local civil aviation authority (ECCAA) ??

The ECCAA does NOT allow single engine commercial passenger flying by its member states, the Textron Aviation Caravan 208B EX is NOT certified by the ECCAA.

You can set up an AOC (air operators certificate) in the US or French Overseas Territories where they allow single engine flying, and you can fly from USVI, Guadeloupe or Martinique into the OECS and then back out with the Textron Caravan, BUT you cannot undertake various Freedoms of the Air (Chicago Convention 1944).

1. 5th Freedom-the right to carry traffic between 2 foreign countries outside your territory of registration (e.g. Gudaloupe-Dominica-St. Lucia).

2. 6th Freedom- the right to carry traffic between 2 foreign countries via country of origin (e.g. Dominica-Gudeloupe-St. Lucia).

3. 7th Freedom- operating entirely outside the country of registration (e.g. St. Lucia-Grenada by a US registered carrier).

4. 8th Freedom-right to carry traffic from one point in foreign country to another point in the same foreign country (e.g. St. Vincent-Mustique), also known as "cabotage".

In short, this will NOT work, yes St. Lucia can leave the ECCAA, and have its own CAA, and then issue a AOC to this Go Fly Airline, but it will need approvals from each OECS country it will fly to, and several are shareholders of LIAT and it will and should be rejected out right.

Always dangerous, when operators try and circumvent local regulations, we saw that with Hummingbird Airlines (St. Croix, USVI), set up by a Dominica based investor to circumvent ECCAA regulations in favor of FAA Part 135 regulations, 3 accidents later, the operation's safety record is a joke.

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