Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9224 times:
All those little Caribbean nations and a bunch of the Central American nations don't have their own airlines. The larger islands, like Cayman, the Bahamas, and Jamaica have their own, but many of the others don't. I'm pretty sure Vatican City doesn't have their own either.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8931 times:
He probably meant countries with no national carriers. Flag carriers are airlines approved by the home government to ply international routes, whereas a national carrier is designated by the government as the official airline of the country, usually with special privileges such as route designation, or sometimes government ownership.
You're correct in that Nigeria is home to several independent carriers, privately owned of course, some of which have been granted select international route rights such as Aerocontractors, ADC Airlines, Bellview Airlines, Chanchangi and Afrijet. Lucrative routes have been reserved for Virgin Nigeria which is about to launch its operations, and to the best of my knowledge, it has been granted national carrier status (please correct me if Im wrong)
AA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2332 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8695 times:
Newark777, The Cayman islands are not one of the larger Caribbean islands, in fact the are one of the smallest group of islands. They have their own airline due to the fact that it is a wealthy island. And technically they are still part of the U.K.. The Bahamas are a group of thousands of tiny islands, with the largest being Andros. They also have their own airline. All countries in Central America have their own airlines, except for Belize. Taca is the airline of Central America, consisting of TACA,NICA,AVIATECA, and LACSA. TA now serves as the airline for all these countries, when they all fell into one group.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1184 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8707 times:
From what I understand, these are not officially "countries" either. I believe Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, are principalities. Vatican City is, as the name implies, a city. The Swiss army protects it, as the VC has no official army. I know little about San Marino.
Back to topic, Peru officially has no "flag carrier" airline. It used to be AeroPeru but it went bankrupt. Lan and TA are really carriers from other countries. And then there are the half dozen or so questionable "airlines" flying Peruvian skies.
Since the starter of the thread is not sure what was meant by "their own", I'm contributing this piece.