|Quoting N202PA (Reply 51):|
admit it's probably pie-in-the-sky thinking, but wouldn't a set of lean airlines representing each country (T&T, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica) forming an alliance be more efficient?
|Quoting yellowtail (Reply 52):|
Realistically, that would take a miracle of cooperation. But you are thinking Grupo TA on a smaller scale
|Quoting JM017 (Reply 54):|
Funny, how Taca and LAN are able to make such an alliance work
GDP of Brasil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Dom Republic (more or less Taca/Lan AAKAIK) is about $3.6 Trillion if I got my 0's right from Wiki.
GDP of Jamaica, T&T, Guyana, Barbados is about 1.5% of that at $45 Billion. That is smaller than either Dominican Republic or Ecuador which are by far the smallest of the Taca/Lan team!
I am not sure which point to highlight here - but comparing to the LAN and Tacas of the world seems misleading. There is also a bit of scale and relevence that could be considered during some of the more animated discussions I've seen both in A.net and over the years of travel and work in the English Caribbean - basically, the combination of the 4 main Anglo-Caribbean countries make up a pretty small secondary market for anything anywhere else, so more cooperation probably wouldn't hurt - in every industy!
As well, I am completely minimising the value of tourist traffic to the regional airline industry, since it would seem silly to try to service that with local airlines if only because there is no use for the aircraft for about half the year! (The US and Eurpoean airlines move the capacity seasonally...where would BW
be able to do that - and why would JM
have thought they could?!).
Still, until there is a little more consistency by all involved governments, the BW
/ Redjet sagas will probably continue, and Guyana will keep cycling through various companies on the GEO to MIA
(Not that it is worth any more than what you are paying for it (!), my view is that the 4 (Jam, T&T, Guy, Barbados) would be best served by two airlines operating under the 'same' rules without differences in Gov't support or rules for the 'home team'. Level the playing field, let things get sorted out without obstruction or preference, and two competitors will provide the choices needed. If one goes under, the role will be re-filled by someone else, as long as the field is level!.)