(Daily Herald) PHILIPSBURG–Windward Islands Airways International NV WINAIR is allowed to continue to fly to the Dominican Republic. The day after St. Maarten threatened to ban Dominican airlines by August 31, St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority revealed that it had come to an agreement with its Dominican counterpart and all flights will continue in the coming months.
“We believe a solution has been found avoiding any disruption of services to the traveling public, while also providing choice of airlines to the customer,” WINAIR Chief Executive Officer Michael Cleaver said on Monday afternoon.
The Dominican Republic and St. Maarten are well established and important social and business markets for each other, enjoying historical and cultural bonds, Cleaver noted.
WINAIR management thanked St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority (SMCAA) Director Louis Halley and Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Omar Ottley for “their guidance and leadership.”
Ottley sent out a press release around midnight Monday stating that he had learnt of the decision taken by SMCAA early that day and that he had called for an urgent meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.