caribny wrote:BW is going to stay in their own corner and continue with their POS focused operations, which will also benefit GEO/OGL which lies to the south. They aren't going to get into the intricacies of travel among the OECS, BGI, and the Virgin Islands/SXM. They have already dropped SLU, and we will see how long DOM lasts. They arent going to fill the LI gap. I am not even sure if they will keep their KIN service, other than to JFK and the Eastern Caribbean, now that the majors are back in full force.
One thing for sure is that when LI had 2-3 flights daily from GND to BGI a good % were continuing to points beyond, not something that any of the current carriers can provide, so this limits the viability of an already thin route.
So it appears as if the OECS will fall apart with no reliable airlift connecting each island. Hell the president of the ECCB, who is from GND, but living in SKB, cannot even fly home, unless he charters a plane! Travel between the OECS Secretariat and other OECS nations is similarly challenged. People who used to cuss LIAT will now miss it. So folks can say what they want but either a new version of LIAT will have to be built, or Caribbean people will learn to swim. Its not only ANU which will feel the pinch.
Well if the govt’s of the OECS finally realize what a world without LI looks like and see that it’s not sustainable, they will finally put forward some $$$ to get its replacement in the air. I’m looking at SKB and SLU. I doubt it though. In fact, the opposite has happened. The airline is now ANU’s. Maybe as that occurred early in the lockdown period, the other OECS governments didn’t realize what they were doing and will now change course. Again, I remain skeptical. If they planned to do so, odds are an announcement would have been made by now.