Think I'll pitch in on this West Indian ability to run an airline, will try not to rant but to pose some questions.
For starters, I was born in the Bahamas, but grew up in Trinidad, Jamaica and Belize - back when they were British Honduras - and have worked for UP
1. How many West Indians believe that we should still be colonies, that we are incapable of good government?
That for me is at the heart of the "management" question, and the basis of the troubles we face in the Caribbean aviation industry. Do the people believe that we need our own airlines, do our politicians believe that? Settle this question first and other things will start to fall into place. Regardless of who the foreigner is, and we have had a few through out the Caribbean, they all answer to the govt. who takes, ignores or just rejects their advise and expertise, no foreign head of any local airline will or can be a dictator, so who exactly is making the bad decisions that cause our airlines to fail?
I'll give JM
credit for being the only local carrier who has made a decent enough effort to serve the other Caribbean countries, let me add that I am talking about service to the US per say, yes in the EC
islands Liat and Bwia used to serve the smaller islands. Mentioned in this thread is JM
starting service to Grenada, my folks are making that trip in December, but via AA
through Mia, probably would have tried the JM
option if it existed when we first booked. How much govt. support does JM
get for service like this, we know that AA
used to be given "incentives" actually, AA
used to demand such for their service, and their was no guarantee that service would stay.
We were raised and ruled under the divide and conquer mentality, and whether we like it or not, that still exist in various forms, there is a lot of travel between our countries and the US, etc., how much travel is there between our
countries, until that picks up, we will always be looking at a single market for travel which cannot be offset by local traffic, so the people have to be involved to some degree either to make up the difference - subsidy - or to accept limited service to one or two foreign ports. Trade between our countries is growing, and as that continues, more markets will be open for travel, hopefully, our politicians will do a better job of getting the people onboard.