[Antigua] SVG Air resumes regular flights to Barbuda

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[Antigua] SVG Air resumes regular flights to Barbuda

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[Antigua] SVG resumes regular flights to sister isle
By Theresa Gordon
Friday, December 23rd, 2011.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua

SVG airline is expected to resume regular flight operations between Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat shortly.

The airline’s flight services were interrupted over the past few days due to the shortage of Aviation fuel from Rubis, the agent which refuels smaller aircraft at the VC Bird International Airport.

The situation, which started over the weekend, forced the airline to fly from Antigua to Nevis to re-fuel at a cost of US $1,000 per trip, which they’ve had to absorb.

As a result, only pre-booked passengers to Barbuda were able to travel on the two morning flights to the island.

When contacted, a representative of SVG told The Daily OBSERVER the airline received fuel Wednesday night and will be conducting its normal service to Barbuda and Montserrat.

Chairman of the Barbuda Council, Kelvin Punter, who was also affected by the situation, indicated that it was very irritating for the travelling public on the sister isle.

“People were getting frantic not knowing whether or not they would be able to travel and persons visiting from overseas were stranded in Antigua,” Punter said.

Punter said the public can breathe a sigh of relief over the next few days.

When questioned about concerns of the reliability of the service of SVG and the size of the aircraft, Punter said the airline, though smaller, had done extremely well in terms of airlift.

He added that the government would remain committed to any airline, which would provide adequate service to Barbuda.

He explained, however, that the subsidy provided to the airline is a reduction from what was given to former carrier WINAIR.

“With WINAIR they had their challenges, and even though they indicated that the route was not profitable, the government subsidy was in place. With SVG the subsidy had been substantially reduced and I guess this has to do with the size of the aircraft,” Punter said.

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