New airline begins service to Saint Lucia

New airline begins service to Saint Lucia

A new airline, Trans Island Air 2000 (TIA), has commenced service from Saint Lucia to Grenada, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced.

Chastanet told reporters Monday he understands that the airline would also have a service to Martinique.

“Obviously that is a very important initiative given the cost of travel and the level of  complaints and even for my delegation to have gone to Grenada would have taken us eight hours, so we are now able to leave this afternoon and go non-stop to Grenada and be there is 22 minutes,” the former Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation stated Monday.

He explained that this represented a big difference in terms of facilitation and other costs.

TIA’s official website  described the carrier as offering  hassle-free travel.

“Trans Island Air is a revolutionized schedule and private charter aviation company. Our vision is to provide a relaxing, reliable and flexible flight experience,” according to the website.

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60 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Ok. Respect is the honorable Allen Chastnet. Yourll reporters need to show more respect. And not just to him but all the others. Including the opposition. Now next page. I hope its more reasonable than LIAT.

    1. Anonymous
      July 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Agreed …

  2. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Hmm a prime minister essentially marketing a privately owned company… I wonder who owns this. Nothing wrong with additional airlift but this sounds fishy, once Chastanet is involved.

    1. Aben..
      July 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply

      Lol..Lucians
      are really sick.. Lol

      1. Anonymous
        July 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply

        yes they are..sick and dam

  3. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Don’t think you want to know the rest, the Aircraft displayed isn’t the one which made its inaugural flight to Grenada today.

    1. Hem
      July 4, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

      Already a bad start by showing the wrong airplane to be used in service by TIA,but good luck to them, hope they are able to fulfill a service Badly needed in the islands, I have seen many come and go,hopefully they wornt come with the mentality of putting Liat out of business but to run a proper air service to the traveling public.

  4. Unknown
    July 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    If only that was the aircraft they will be using

    1. Anonymous
      July 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      Lol

  5. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Is this new airline safer than LIAT?

  6. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply

    I need One to
    St marteen

    1. Born lucian
      July 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

      Ikr

  7. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Firstly that plane is a Q400. TIA uses Beech 99. Secondly it is impossible to fly between St. Lucia and Grenada unless you are on Virgin’s A330 and even that sometimes takes a bit longer. Go dig about this story SLU Times and get the facts.

    1. Anonymous
      July 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

      When I travel to trinidad on British Airways the stop in Grenada.
      St lucia, Grenada, Trinidad

    2. Reader
      July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

      Not impossible. Most flights intra-caribbean are via castries than vue fort. To facilitate ppl going to gnd or pos from uvf, BA got route rights to do that. Maybe this carrier will do that same route. Not so sure about trinidad, knowing how much they fought against the last bajan operation. A proper schedule with time to connect both gnd and slu/uvf is the only thing needed.

    3. sean
      July 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

      You are correct, the plane illustrated is a Bombadier Q400 of Island Air based in Hawaii (lazy reporting from St. Lucia Times, they could have found a pic of the real plane, which yes, is a smaller Beech twin engine). However there are many planes capable of flying SLU-GND and further. BA also operates UVF-GND for instance. TIA however will indeed be flying the route via Barbados (BGI). St. Lucia Times, you should replace the pic with an actual TIA plane and not a Hawaiian one (I mean, come on! some proper reporting please!)

      1. Hem
        July 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

        Who is the reporter not getting their facts straight and embarrassing saint lucia once again

    4. Hem
      July 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

      Sorry to tell you but you have bad, very bad information

  8. Ricci Khan
    July 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm Reply

    I have flown between St Lucia and Grenada before when I lived in both of those Islands and I did not have to use Virgin Atlantic. I welcome this new Airline as I need to trabel from Barbados to all of the destinations that it services.

  9. Choops
    July 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Any one who is in the hospitality industry would know that this airline is not new to St Lucia
    They have been running chartered flight between the islands more popular the Grenadines and Grenada …

    Choops

  10. Edward St Aimee
    July 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply

    St lucians traveling from StThomas St John and ST Croix still have a problem going home
    The new air line is of no help to us
    Can there be a flight out of the the V I ?

  11. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply

    DOES THIS NEW AIRLINE HAVE AN AIR OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (AOC) FROM THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (ECCAA)?

    1. Anon1
      July 4, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

      Have you tried contacting ECCAA???

      Think that should have been you first port of call not here!

      Or are you waiting for someone on here to do the fact finding for you to then upload on here.

    2. Hem
      July 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm Reply

      You are anonymous, stay that way, you sound like thoes who think they know everything about Aviation and know nothing

      1. Anon1
        July 8, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

        Lol like “Hem” is any less anonymous!

        Hilarious

      2. Anonymous
        July 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

        here goes the negativity, he sounds like he know something or two that’s why he is making his point.

  12. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Just 4 destinations. They not ready yet.

  13. The Crow
    July 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply

    This airline may very well go the way of the dodo bird. They have no real track record. They are pretty Mich a startup (commenced business earlier this year) company and will never be able to compete with Liat.

    As it stands, inter island travel may never be profitable for the travelling population is and will remain low. With each government (including St. Lucia) placing high taxes on tickets will see that it remains this way.

    1. Anon1
      July 4, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply

      The Crow, every company was a start up at some point!

      You said it yourself “commenced business earlier this year” so tell us how can a company which just formed have a track record which commenced prior to them starting up.

      What a silly comment to make read it again tell us you don’t feel a little embarrassed.

      1. The Crow
        July 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

        My friend, I’m proud to say that I am smarter than you. It has no track record in servicing the stated route. And I stand by my words . . . this airline will go the way of the DODO bird. Extinct!

        1. Anon1
          July 6, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply

          Here lies the missing link, you failed to mention “stated route.” in your first comment.

          So mr smartie pants, if you don’t state what you’re actually thinking who would know!

          No Psychics here.

          In future type what you really want to say and don’t leave it to others to try and deceiver.

      2. Hem
        July 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

        Tell him, small island minds will always
        Think small,

        1. Anonymous
          July 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

          so true my bro.

  14. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

    This article and aircraft picture is very misleading

  15. Anonymous
    July 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Ugly plane

  16. Anon
    July 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

    What plane did they use to get from St.Lucia to Grenada in 22 minutes,butch Stewart golf stream G5???????

  17. Amen
    July 4, 2017 at 3:54 am Reply

    Thanks to the SLP

  18. Chastanet is a fake Prime Minister
    July 4, 2017 at 3:58 am Reply

    Chastanet is working for his friends. I hope it fails just like his fake prime Minister-ship

  19. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 7:05 am Reply

    My God you’ll st lucians have a heart of steal. That’s why you’ll just there distorting the country in the name of politics. Stupid people. For people in the Caribbean with the high education you’ll are stupid an care nothing about the betterment of your fellow man. This has gone to calling the your PM all kind of names . The other Caribbean countries are laughing at you stupid Lucians.

    1. The Crow
      July 4, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

      No, they are laughing at you and your hurricane of a pm

    2. Anon1
      July 4, 2017 at 9:13 am Reply

      You got that completely wrong.

      Its the so called politicians who are “distorting” the country not necessarily the people who were fooled into voting…

    3. disgusted !!
      July 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Tooo True !!

    4. Hem
      July 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

      Well said very true, for an island that produce 2 Nobel prize winners, as a saint lucian some of my people are very embarrassing to me, can’t seem to get beyond the petty politics that continues to divide us,

  20. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 7:11 am Reply

    And plz ti chas let the people with the right information make the statements. It takes British airways 45 mins from HIA in Vieux fort to POS in Trinidad so it couldn’t take that flight 22 mins to GND in Grenada

  21. LB
    July 4, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

    Good grief St Lucians can be foolish and stupid at the same time!! Reading the armchair “airline travel” experts criticisms just scream ignorance! Instead of bashing an innovative move … give it a chance to prove its worth. As for the advertising of the aircraft type, this news entity should know better. St Lucians have no shame in shaming themselves.

  22. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply

    When I hear new airline, I think “quality service, timely arrivals and departures, courteous staff, competitive rates, comfortable aircraft……..wish you all the best in this endeavor.

  23. Lucianman101
    July 4, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply

    $729.11 for a round trip to grenada = new airline
    $772.52 for a round trip to grenada= liat

    A difference of $43.41 while not an earth-shattering difference maybe the competition will drive prices down

    1. Anon1
      July 4, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply

      Fair point however if they get their scheduling on point and there are no delays and great customer service then I would definitely choose them over LIAT.

      The competition is definitely welcomed.

      1. Armchair Anonymous
        July 4, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

        I agree with all of you above: Anonymous @ 7:56 including Lucianman101, and Anon1. Let us give this new “initiative” a chance to see how it fares (no pun intended). More airlines are needed in the Caribbean, as well as sea ferries. What is needed are more services than competition. And I repeat: SERVICES, not COMPETITION!!

      2. Cauual Observer
        July 4, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

        If one puts a cost to time then a shorter travel time at the same price is preferable. At present St. Lucia to Grenada (on LIAT) is a full day travel as necessitates a long layover in Barbados. I would certainly use an alternative if it is available. There are many small island destinations that have viable small plane options which allow for “Island Hopping” at a reasonable price and shorter flight time. (Hawaii for example.)

  24. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

    Good day to all comment people.. It is really a shame and a disgrace to see and hear how saint Lucian can think and stoop so low against their own country and to feel that it’s so good. Other people in the rest of the world are reading these articles.
    Shouldn’t that be detrimental to the people of this country ? Any thing this government tries to do people are fighting it down.
    They’re biting the same hand that feed’s them
    What a way of life we’re facing in this country. These kind of attitude is worse than any crime that is plaguing our country. A Tongue can accuse and Carry bad news .be careful with the stones that you throw .saint Lucia is in deep .peoples tongue are the most dangerous weapon that’s killing the country .and then blaming every thing. Criticizing every thing.. But ..one day we all will pay a heavy prize. St.Lucia needs a heavy washing..
    Remember Noah and the flood…

  25. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply

    Smh everything is politics for lucian weather it be good or bad , politics have ur 1/0 if that is the way we think, no wonder they call us small minded people, the politestion help them give us that name instead of leading by examples they are the one’s createing Havocs in the country.

  26. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I want a cheap flight out of this madhouse called St. Lucia. I wanna go to Dominica. Real paradise found!

    1. Peterson
      July 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm Reply

      New airline and is chubby they serving for snack as a result of late flight? ☜

  27. Relentless
    July 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Liat has a daily schedule. This airline is not so. Sometimes 4 passengers. This cant be profitable and must be subsidized. Guess who is the #1 advocate of giving away our hard earned money..yup, you got that right. Chastanet! So like someone said, its like a dodo bird. Soon to be extinct.

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

      No, what we need is to have more of those airlines to give Liat competition, for a new airline starting with 4 passengers is a fair start, given some time things will change because Liat has been around since donkeys had wings. I also think that the idea of ferries from island to island would make a world of difference as well. Good luck!

  28. Clare
    July 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply

    St. Lucian you are calling Famine on this Island all because of your complaining habits. Be careful what you complain about. Start being thankful to God for what you have and good things happening around you. When people complain to much they invoke a curse of hardship and hard times on their Country. Let you tongues rest in Peace!

  29. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Another one of those fly by night airlines

    1. Anonymous
      July 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

      So they claim they starting up an airline, go online, pull down a Q400 from Island Air (Hawaii) and giving people hope. Stop cutting corners people. Look at Former RedJet and all the others. You trying to cut and bend and duct from ECCAA, it won’t work!!!!

  30. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm Reply

    So they claim they starting up an airline, go online, pull down a Q400 from Island Air (Hawaii) and giving people hope. Stop cutting corners people. Look at Former RedJet and all the others. You trying to cut and bend and duct from ECCAA, it won’t work!!!!

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