Airlines are slashing their flights into the Caribbean. Virgin has cut their daily 747 flight into Barbados into two small aircraft a week from Manchester.
Thank heavens we have Venezuelan and Cuban tourists to fall back on. Venezuela, which has gasoline for their cars at 20 cents a gallon, $15 a night bed and breakfast and $35 dollars a night hotel rooms. They will flock to SVG at our rates of $12 dollars for gasoline, $75 dollars bed and breakfast and $150 dollars a night hotel rooms. The Cubans do not have so much to spend as the Venezuelans, but their money is good and would be a big help in sending our hospitality business into free fall bankruptcy.
The bad news is that several airlines, including Virgin, will now operate into Barbados with 125-seat aircraft twice weekly, instead of 400 seats daily.
LIAT is cutting back their flights to and from Grenada, flights to Jamaica are being slashed, and even Jet Blue is cutting services. Delta Air, Canada and several others are cutting back also.
This is the good news we have been waiting for, for our new Argyle multinational services, at least we should have at least one 128-seater a week from Venezuela, according to Gonsalves. Thank heaven we had the foresight to build an airport to carry in excess of a million passengers a year; we can at least compete with Heathrow, O’Hare, Charles De Gaule and other great international airports.
Thank goodness for the insight of the two Francis boys in pre-selling landing slots at our new airport. What a stroke of genius.
If you analyse the genius, 10 per cent of nothing, is nothing. What great fiscal airport entrepreneur’s they truly are. Aren’t we lucky to have such wonderful guidance?
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