Grenada says it will continue to hold discussions with OCL Barbados Limited, after expressing concerns that the company, operating as One Caribbean was advertising regional flights in and out of Grenada.
Several airlines are competing to fill the space left open by the situation regarding the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, which is now in the process of being re-organised after earlier plans appeared to have been shelved for liquidating the cash-strapped airline.
In a statement, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, said it has always been clear “that operators need to go through the appropriate licensing process for Grenada.
“One Caribbean has not yet done so, and were advised repeatedly that they should before they could operate,” the statement said.
“The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is, therefore, deeply concerned about the manner in which the management of One Caribbean has conducted its business in recent days, in regards to the operations of flights in and out of Grenada”.
The statement said that at a meeting on Monday with the chief executive officer of One Caribbean, “the guidelines were clearly reiterated” and it was agreed that the airline should “desist from operating into Grenada until the licensing process is complete.
‘It was very disturbing to discover that the airline had already posted schedules and had engaged in negotiations with people desiring to leave or enter the country, without the appropriate standard procedure being concluded, as advised and required”.
The authorities here said that they had been advised of three landings on the last weekend and that ‘each time Civil Aviation made compassionate exemptions because we were concerned about the welfare of our citizens who had booked those flights.
“One Caribbean was explicitly reminded that they needed the appropriate license to operate continuous flights. It has become obvious that One Caribbean has not heeded the requirements, and that we must insist on compliance with the requisite procedure before they are allowed to continue their operations in and out Grenada”.
The authorities here said that they had established relations with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines, Inter-Caribbean Airways and SVG Air, “all of whom are complying with the aviation requirements for operations.
“We continue to hold dialogue with all stakeholders, including One Caribbean, and we expect that increased airlift, regionally and internationally, will become available, as we endeavour to bring our sons and daughters home and welcome friends and visitors,” the statement added.