Airline remains grounded following safety inspection
The government has no plan to intervene with Sky Bahamas and the airline remains grounded for more than two weeks following the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) orders for it to remain grounded since its permit expired and was not renewed.
Speaking to the media outside the Churchill Building, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said, “I believe, although I have not confirmed that he has had discussions with the regulator,” said D’Aguilar said out the Churchill Building.
“I want to be very clear. No minister of aviation with any sense is going to intervene on a safety issue.
“If Sky Bahamas has a matter before the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority, it is up to him to figure out how to get the necessary approvals in order to obtain his air operating certificate.
“I certainly don’t have the technical expertise to intervene on his behalf. This is something he has to work out with the regulator.
“As I am sure you are aware, the aviation sector is highly — a lot of technical standards, and a lot of technical rules that the regulator knows and the operating airline knows and he needs to sit with the regulator and work out what differences he has in order to bring ease and calm to the matter and to put the regulator at bay that he has fulfilled all the requirements that he is required to do.”
Sky Bahamas Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Captain Randy Butler has claimed that his airline’s permits were not renewed in an intentional attempt to sabotage the company for personal and political reasons.
Butler claimed that inspection was conducted by a former shareholder of the company.
He called on the government to intervene,
The Civil Aviation Authority ordered the discontinuation of commercial passenger services as a result a recent safety inspection.
Sky Bahamas’ air operator certificate (AOC) expired on June 29.
The airline has unable to facilitate passenger bookings.
Its more than 60 employees remain home without pay.
BCAA Director General Captain Charles Benebyhas insisted there is no agenda afoot.
“This has nothing to do with politics and has nothing to do with victimization,” he said.
“The authority has an obligation and responsibility to protect the traveling public and this is a part of our mandate, and we take that very seriously.”
This week, Butler said his company has lost millions of dollars.