Welcome to the 91st instalment of the marathon Caribbean Aviation Thread. This instalment is dedicated to an island the majority of us know of, but not extensively. It's an island that is commonly misidentified or mis-associated with it's Latin Caribbean neighbours (Dominican Republic) by persons unfamiliar with the region. It's an island with rich culture and nature that has been literally untouched for centuries. This island is none other than DOMINICA.
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica and influenced by the French and British respectively, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. The Commonwealth of Dominica has an estimated population of 72,500. The capital is Roseau.
The Capital Roseau
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.
There are two small airports on the island. The primary airport, Melville Hall Airport (DOM), is on the northeast coast. The second is Canefield Airport (DCF), about 15 minutes from Roseau on the southwest coast. Melville Hall Airport is suitable for limited use of commercial jets because of runway length. Melville Hall currently has regular service by American Eagle,Winair, BVI Airways, Conviasa and LIAT using twin turboprop aircraft as well as Amerijet, which, using Boeing 727 Freighters, is the only airline with jet service to the republic. A runway extension and service upgrade project began at Melville Hall around 2006 and was finished in 2010.
MQ ATR-72-212A @ DOM.
Dominican cuisine is similar to that of other Caribbean countries. Common main courses comprise meat (usually chicken, but can be goat, lamb, or beef) covered in sauce. The sauces are either spicy pepper sauces, or concoctions made from local fruit. A huge variety of local fruit, from tamarind to passion fruit, is served on the island, usually in juice or sauce form.
BW has secured two LAN 767-300ERs for trunk routes and new longhaul (tentative)
DL 752 operating JFK-GEO makes emergency landing in SJU after unexpected depressurization. (Aug.)
LI comtemplating on whether to drop unprofitable routes or not.
Pax travelling to Guyana via CAL now connect from arrival gate to departure gate on same level of POS airport.
CM to MBJ with E190 starting Dec. 11
BW to get two ex Air Europa 738s (tentative)
RD to welcome third MD-82 soon.
AA downgrades DFW-BGI from B752 to B738. (Aug.22)
BW starts weekly MIA-POS-GEO cargo service
Hurricane Irene reeks havoc on BW's schedule
BW 2x weekly POS-KIN-MCO seeing high loads
BW drops JFK-ANU service. (Sept.)
RD experiences mechanical problems with MD-80s causing considerable delays (Sept.)
Winair sees improvement in ops after cutting routes and streamling ops
UP sees high US summer loads of 90% on average.
MHH in Bahamas to have brand new 51,000 sq ft terminal constructed and completed by 2012.
BW's VP of Corporate Communications, Laura Asbjornsen dismissed.
RD plans on launching separate Jamaican airline.
Fishing village in Dominica