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Caribbean Air Alliance Aims To Solve Regional Issues

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Caribbean Air Alliance Aims To Solve Regional Issues
Amy Laboda
June 15, 2018

A session by aviation attorney Bryan Winters on public-private partnerships in the tourism and transportation industries on Wednesday at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in Nassau, Bahamas, led to an announcement yesterday that a Caribbean Airlift Alliance has been formed. The objective of the conference was to get a better understanding of what is inhibiting growth in the region and ideas for overcoming the most vexing issues, said Winters, an aviation attorney with deep experience in the Caribbean and the chief development officer and general counsel for Miami-based seaplane operator Tropic Ocean Airways.

His session sparked a conversation among representatives from government and aviation companies throughout the Caribbean, and one item they all agreed upon was that they need to talk more. William Bolke, CEO of Bolke International Airways in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, asked if there was any Caribbean airlift group that could partner with government. When the answer was "no," Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo proposed forming the group.

So far, principals from several operators in the Bahamas and Caribbean and the government ministries they interact with have agreed to form the alliance, which plans to meet regularly. “This is the reason we hold these meetups,” CaribAvia conference chair Bud Slabbaert told AIN. “When they stay in a room and keep the discussion going long enough, change actually happens.”

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Tomas Chlumecky said...

Sounds good, but talk is all they do in the Caribbean, so many studies year after year identify the same issues over and over again (high ticket taxes, high airport fees, lack of competition, better infrastructure, etc.

Today we know the problems, we have solutions, what we don't have is politicians with "balls' to make the changes, other than maybe in the Bahamas where there is talk of Bahamasair pulling out of the domestic market as there are enough private airlines to handle the traffic today with Beech 1900's to Saab 340's.

A session by aviation attorney Bryan Winters on public-private partnerships in the tourism and transportation industries on Wednesday at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in Nassau, Bahamas, led to an announcement yesterday that a Caribbean Airlift Alliance has been formed.

His session sparked a conversation among representatives from government and aviation companies throughout the Caribbean, and one item they all agreed upon was that they need to talk more??

I don't think the Americans know the history of aviation in the Caribbean and the many studies and conferences that led to NOTHING!

Its all been tried, nothing new here, it's the Caribbean, not the US.

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Yes, yes, yes, get the Americans in here to sort us out. They can't do a single thing right in their own country, that MUST mean they would do it just right for all of ours.

Except they have already also screwed up every attempt to do things in the Caribbean because they are mentally unable to scale down, slow down, and recognise that the market is not there for a start-up to expand from 5 aircraft to 50 in the first two years and then to perhaps 200 aircraft within 10 years.

Never mind their Harvard template-cookie-cutter business plans - which may work fine "back home" in Merka, but all they are good for in the Caribbean is toilet paper. MBA's in the US no longer think... they have been trained to use safe business templates and budgets, period. Anything outside those boxes or slots is unacceptable and not worth even talking about.

Why were there so many Americans at the Meetup in the Bahamas? Because it's near to the good old Ewww Esss Eh. And they are just breaking out in a sweat to start operating between the islands and put the regionals and locals out of business. Except for those Goddamn local politicians, right? They need kicking out, don't they, holding back American Business like that. Sure, invade, make it US soil, so you can totally ignore them after a hurricane (like PR). OK, maybe throw a few rolls of toilet paper, and then fly back out again.

There are a few Americans in aviation right now, and guess what? Riiiight. They fecked it all up and are destroying small airlines that were making a small profit before they came along with their plans for ever-expanding hypersonic escalators into the sky. More, faster, higher, more, more, more...

We see it here on the CRANe all the time... "I'm from Kansas (/LA/Pittsburgh/Toronto/Edmonton, same damn thing) and I'd like to find a job flying from Caribbean island to Caribbean paradise, in the sun with the sand between my toes, and nothing but cool blue sea around!"

Well, buddy, even without looking for a job, we grass-skirted ignorant beach bum coconut-sucking natives with bones through our noses and funny accents have to spend literally weeks fulfilling all kinds of humiliating procedures and filling out endless forms at and for the US Embassy, just to get a visitor's visa to go to Disneyland. And after all that we can STILL get put back on the next plane home if the officer so much as dislikes our Sunday best dress-up nose-bone.

The current POTUS (I have heard several derogatory versions of that) is erecting fences with and insulting his neighbours and friends while he kisses up to his enemies, he screwed over Puerto Rico - his own people - after going and throwing rolls of paper at them, he now jails (and "loses") thousands of little children simply because their parents crossed the border - which for some reason makes them officially criminals.

As far as I am concerned, American - and Canadian - "vulture capitalists" should stay the hell out of Caribbean aviation. They have proved - several times - way past a reasonable doubt they are not competent in the Caribbean region, that their sole objective is to rape us for all of our money - after which they will declare the area a "shit-hole" and leave. After all, without fat profits to be made, why would there be any American or Canadian businessman (or businesswoman) within a thousand miles of the area?

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