Caribbean Aviation Market: “Chasing the Sun”

By Roger Cannegieter

Sandy beaches, blue waters, clear skies, or isn’t it? Just like the rest of the world the Caribbean is experiencing difficult times because of record high oil prices and a softening economy in the United States. The economic slowdown is impacting the ability for airlines to secure yield improvements. Major cuts have been announced by the major United States based airlines and analysts fear more will follow. As the United States is the most important market to many Caribbean islands, the news of cuts in routes and frequencies by major United States airlines are giving worries to the Caribbean region but is it really that bad? This article will take a look at airline announcements, current developments in the Caribbean market and opportunities that might rise. The article will finalize with my conclusion.

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Fijian Aviation – Future Imperfect

by Christopher Kissling

Aviation and tourism are closely associated in the South Pacific. South Pacific Island Microstates built their tourism industries and grew their economies by capturing the benefits from early trans-Pacific airline operations that needed island waypoints for refueling. Later, advances in aircraft technology enabled non-stop trans-Pacific services. Faced then with prospects of marginalization from overflying by the major carriers, flag airlines of island microstates responded by themselves flying to the main Pacific Rim gateway airports, in the process boosting their visibility in key markets. A succession of military coups in Fiji hit their tourism image badly. A new generation of ultra long-haul aircraft may again place Fiji in a strategic position to boost its tourism economy if the inhibiting factor of military rule can be resolved.

Druk Air – Royal Bhutan Airlines

Flying Dragons

by Rafal Wodziczko

Bhutan’s national airline Druk Air shares several qualities with its country of origin: one of the smallest, youngest and most exotic in the world. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked country between China and India, was still closed and isolated from the world not too long ago.

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