I don't think that people who are being fair demand that LI
cut their fares. Indeed the examples that I cited shows that only 50-60% of the fare goes to LI
, depending on what their fuel surcharge is.
What they demand is that CARICOM gov'ts reduce taxes on intra CARICOM travel, or cease bellyaching about how this source of tourism has declined. Look how many committees have been established to discuss intra Caribbean travel. Have we heard any conclusion? No, because if some one can fly POS MIA
for just a little more than they can do POS BGI
gets the business, assuming that they can get a US visa.
So gov'ts either reduce their taxes on flights a scant 20 minutes, or see Caribbean people opt for MIA
rather than travel within the Caribbean. These Caribbean gov'ts are just being dishonest on this issue.. Or maybe the commissions are just another excuse to travel, with all the allowances that they get (much of it pocketed by the way).
recently cut their taxes and as a result one can get a fare of US$263 to fly SLU POS
, even though the LI
fare is higher. T&T can well afford to cut their intra regional travel taxes. It will definitely help BW
the new BW
has a different model from the old BWIA. T&T is no longer interested in begging CARICOM nations to support a regional carrier. Their attitude is that islands like ANU
are mainly leisure and that they aren't interested in competing for the thin and very seasonal VFR business with the majors. They prefer to focus on the big VFR markets like POS
, GEO, KIN
. GND gets the business as there is little competition from the majors, and GND also provides revenue guarantees.
Maybe SVD might get BW
if they can't get B6
, or DL
interested. But the notion of a BW LI
cooperation is a nonstarter except maybe on issues surrounding their common ATR fleet. In fact BW
is about to give LI
pressure by jumping into the POS
SVD route, and I am sure will add BGI SLU
SVD as soon as allowed. These being some of :LIATs prize routes.
Gonsalves response will be to tell you that SKN, and SLU
are richer than DOM and SVD, and if they don't value LI
service then they ought not to get I. This especially applying to SKB
, which is a small and declining market for LI
. With its large population, and significant in and outbound regional traffic SLU
will get service, unless LI
is running mad. If they try to hurt SLU BW
will be in their like a flash of lightening.
Lucky though that Gansalves and Douglas seem to be good friends (you know your local politics which I will not get into on this forum), so maybe he might beg for them.