ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, June 04, 2011 – LIAT Cargo added St. Maarten-Santo Domingo-St. Maarten to its list of routes Friday with Company officials pointing to tremendous potential for win-win responses from all concerned – the people of St. Marten and the Dominican Republic, as well as LIAT and its partners in both countries.
Initially, LIAT Cargo will operate two services a week on the new route on Mondays and Fridays. The Company has introduced a special flat rate of US$70.00 for any box, barrel or suitcase weighing up to 100 pounds being shipped from St. Maarten to Santo Domingo, saying this was in a bid to make it easy, convenient and affordable for every Dominican to ship items home.
“The Santo Domingo-St Maarten route is particularly exciting as it offers the possibility for linking two of the most dynamic, yet diverse, markets in the north east Caribbean,” LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Challenger said at a press conference held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort in St. Maarten.
LIAT officially launched its dedicated cargo operations in February this year following a soft launch in October 2010. LIAT has converted one of its Dash-8 100 aircraft to full cargo configuration, with 7,500 pounds capacity, providing regional manufacturers, farmers and exporters with a much needed air bridge to meet demands for their produce in the various islands.
LIAT’s Director Cargo and Quikpak Wilbur Edwards said LIAT Cargo has established a reputation for being a quick and reliable mover of cargo in the entire region; adding that the start of the St. Maarten-Santo Domingo service is a significant achievement.
“There is an abundance of inexpensive merchandise and agricultural produce in the Dominican Republic and the quality is first class. The sausages and cigars are the best in the world and their world famous Brugal rum is hard to beat. There is something to interest everyone in St. Maarten and the neighboring islanders that come here to shop but there is also an equal sufficiency of specialized items that are more affordable in St. Maarten than most places in the world. These include appliances, stereo equipment and all sorts of electronic equipment,” Mr. Edwards added.
Friday’s press conference was also attended by Mr. Louis Halley, a senior representative of the Minister of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime; Ms. Mayra Provence, President of the Dominican Association; Mr. Gustavo de Hostos, President of General Air Services & LIAT’s General Sales Agent for the Dominican Republic; and Mr. Nico van der Mijde, General Manager Inn Cargo – LIAT’S Cargo Agent in St. Maarten.
Photo Caption: LIAT CEO Brian Challenger (l) and Director of Cargo and Quikpak Wilbur Edwards (r) address the media at Friday’s Press Conference at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort in St. Maarten