New local airline plans to fly between the OECS Islands

A new local carrier, Go Fly Airlines, held a demonstration flight today of the type of aircraft it intends to use.

The Cessna Caravan touched down at the George F.L Charles airport.

go-fly-airlinesMario Reyes, the founder of Go Fly, told the Times that the intention of his company is to acquire five of the 12-seat aircraft at a cost of three million dollars each.

However Reyes disclosed that this would be subject to regulatory approval.

mario-reyes-go-fly-airlinesEarlier he explained to reporters that with the dearth of regional travel it was necessary to look at alternatives to the status quo.

Reyes, who described himself as being an aviation professional for the past thirty years, said his company had been offered what appears to be the ideal aircraft for the short hops among the Islands of the OECS providing direct services, compared to the current “hub and spoke wheel” that exists with the incumbent carrier.

He asserted that the system being used by the incumbent seems to take passengers out of their chosen path, resulting in several hours delay.

“Out intention is to operate between, initially, Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Hewanorra and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada,” Reyes said.

He observed that the big question is getting regulatory approval to operate the Cessna Caravan.

Reyes said the aircraft have been around for the past twenty years, but because of the single engine configuration it has not been readily approved in the first instance.

“We are looking to do our evaluations right now and after that we will be presenting to the regulatory authorities the proposal and see how it goes from there,” he stated.

He said the intention is to provide mostly non-stop direct services between the OECS Islands which would eliminate a lot of overnight accommodation requirements and a lot of airport fees.

“You would not believe what it costs – the part of your ticket that goes towards landing at airports and paying a fee,” Reyes said.

He said Go Fly Airlines will be providing a direct service to eliminate that cost factor.

Asked to respond to concerns about travelling on a small single-engine aircraft, Reyes said:

“Because it is new generation in terms of a single engine for commercial operation, the engines are turbo-prop engines and the dispatch reliability is virtually one hundred percent. Out of the twenty-five million flight hours that these engines have accumulated, the failure rate is .00001.”

He asserted that this could be attributed to factors such as carelessness on the part of mechanics.

Today’s demonstration flight of the Cessna Caravan comes amid renewed criticism of the regional airline – LIAT.







  1. Concerned
    September 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Thats not the plane they say Chastanet buy?

    1. Anonymous
      September 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Lol lol woye!!

  2. Sistren
    September 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Mario you and your cronies go screw yiurself, you and your cronies will continue to fly your plane

  3. Anonymous
    September 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Mate jus sign bankrupt he have a plane already, smh

  4. Lisa lewis
    September 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    You not going to the ur wife birth island … Another scheme … U called bankrupt on prestige now u have ur own airline fleet! Lucians not tried of tiefing their own !

  5. Anonymous
    September 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    but they not 757 are they so who care

  6. better way
    September 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    say now wouldn’t it make more sense to get several helicopters like they do on Hawaii lot less expensive then gotten all those planes at 3.5 million each and you just touch down in hotel parking lot. I think this guy need to reconsider. I would go in half with you on that deal.

  7. Back Up
    September 27, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Finally, another aircraft…. $1400 dollars to travel to St. Vincent. Ridiculous

  8. Cheap but fast and good
    September 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

    hey man I will fly you anywhere you want to go for 85.00one way,and you can drink as much booze you want,I drop little package for people all around islands,you get bargain two for price of one.I only need short run way,as long as somebody down there with flash light,and then I’m outta there.

  9. dee
    September 27, 2016 at 4:19 am

    With all the complains about LIAT. We have seen many other airlines come and go through out the years and it’s only old faithful LIAT that remains sustaining through all these times. This tends to wonder

  10. shai
    September 27, 2016 at 4:25 am

    What is amazing is that remember Sylvanus Ernest with all his ideas and plans for aviation in St.lucia and not one government supported him, got kicked off the airport by SLASPA requesting the hanger he used. Now out of the blues here comes a local airline. Nothing being said by SLASPA. No talk no talk

    1. chichi
      September 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      I remember the hard time they gave him.

  11. Anon1
    September 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

    About time some competition and better yet it’s a local company.

    Wish you’ll all the best with approval.

    Pay no mind to the detractors, some Lucians just can’t be pleased…

    They complain about LIAT and delays and high fares.

    Here’s a local company trying to capitalise and provide some competition in the industry and just negativity from Lucians.

  12. Anonymous
    September 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    what about a flight to Barbados? didn’t see it mentioned.

  13. Someone
    September 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    hmmmmm. Predictable, got my eyes open.

  14. Anonymous
    September 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Better to buy the Viking Air Twin Otter amphibious aircraft. Can land at Vigie Airport and at Vigie Beach (especially if you get bankrupt and run out of fuel before you can land on the Airport).

    1. Anonymous
      September 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      The entire article does not have the correct information anyway.