New Sisserou Airlines expected to lessen air problems

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New Sisserou Airlines expected to lessen air problems

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New Sisserou Airlines expected to lessen air problems
By EDONA JNO BAPTISTE, Dominica News Staff 11.NOV.08
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Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas said the introduction of the new Sisserou Airlines will alleviate some of the air access problems to and from Dominica.

Douglas said his Ministry is happy about the additional availability of seats to Dominica since the island has struggled with airlift issues for some time.

Sisserou Airlines is headquartered at the Melville Hall Airport.

The 19-seater jet stream aircraft began operating in October and already has flights into Hewanorra International Airport (St. Lucia), Princess Juliana International Airport (St Maarteen), V.C Bird International Airport (Antigua), Grantley Adams International Airport (Barbados) and the Guadeloupe and Martinique airports.

“Any additional help that we get from the Ministry of Tourism’s point of view is always welcoming by us... As far as V.C Bird International in Antigua and Grantley Adams International in Barbados that will always help in alleviating some of our airlift issue,” Douglas said.

There are plans to market the airlines in Europe & North America so that persons may have options when travelling, according to Douglas.

“If demand exceeds the carrying capacity of this one airplane there is always the possibility of sourcing other planes on a lease agreement from their partners in the U.S,” he added.

Sisserou Airline was established to fill the void that existed after TakeAir airline ceased operations last year.

Sisserou’s Director of Operations Erwin Ferreira, told the St. Maarten Island Times the airline will position itself as Dominica’s main means of air transport, but also aim at the charter business around the Caribbean.

“People would want to consider using us for charters. Chartering is convenient, time efficient and generally comes with far less hassle. And when you charter, you can dictate whether you want catering or not. This could be the answer for pan Caribbean businesses and family gatherings,” Ferreira said.
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