Single airline ‘best for region’
Former Barbados Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch has called for a single airline to serve the region.
Speaking at a seminar on Air Travel In The Caribbean: Challenges And Opportunities, held late last month on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI),?Lynch argued that a single Caribbean airline, owned and operated by regional interests, was the best option for CARICOM.
“Air transport has an integral role to play in the development of the integration movement,” Lynch said. “One Caribbean airline that leverages the resources and expertise in most of our countries, coupled with a combination of successful, home-grown policies, is in my opinion, still the best model for air transport success in this region.
“Ironically and noteworthy is the fact that most of the endeavours and practices for which we as a region have received global acclaim and for which we are renowned for global excellence are the efforts that we have undertaken collectively. West Indies cricket and the UWI are just two that I can mention. I believe that one, true Caribbean airline awaits our early action.” (AB)
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