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CARIBSKY

An alliance to optimize and simplify inter-Caribbean travel.


CONTEXT


The CARIBSKY project is a collaborative project aimed primarily at optimising air travel in the Caribbean area, based on a brand-new network of truly interconnected airlines. This should ultimately foster free movement of persons and boost economic growth across the region.
 

(project leader) is a French airline
(IATA code: 3S) based in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).
Launched on 18 December 2002, it operates — based on a Low-Cost model inter-island air connections between Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barth, Saint-Martin, Sint Maarten, Barbados, Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Cayenne in French Guiana.


Air Antilles and Air Guyane are the 2 airlines of the CAIRE company.
In 2017, CAIRE accounted for:
· A fleet made of 12 turboprop aircrafts
· 230 members of staff
· 25,000 flights
· 20,000 flight hours
· 18 destinations
· 420,000 passengers
· 60 million euros in revenue (USD 72 million)
· An airline abiding by European safety and quality standards

(Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) N.V.) is a regional airline based in Sint Maarten founded in 1961. (IATA code: WM) On a daily basis and operating from Princess-Juliana airport – St. Maarten, it serves Antigua, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Guadeloupe,Haiti, Nevis, Saba, ...

San Juan (Puerto Rico), Santo Domingo, St. Barth, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Tortola.

In 2017, Winair accounted for:
· A fleet made of 5 turboprop aircrafts (3 TWIN OTTER / 2 ATR 72)
· 250 members of staff
· 19 738 flights
· 15 destinations
· 187 761 passengers

(Leeward Islands Air Transport) is an airline of the Lesser Antilles established in 1956. (IATA code: LI).
Its name stems from Leeward Islands where it is based.
It serves the following destinations: Antigua, Barbados, Dominica,...

Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, San Juan, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Vincent, Tortola and Trinidad.
In 2017, LIAT accounted for:
· A fleet made of 10 turboprop aircrafts (5 ATR42 / 5 ATR 72)
· 650 members of staff
· 25,500 flights
· 15 destinations
· 750,000 passengers

GOALS

 
All airlines contributing to this project will collectively strive to: 
 
  • Provide customers with more services in the Caribbean region;
  • Provide passengers with a connected network across the Caribbean including as many connection options as possible to travel between English, French and Dutch territories;
  • Work together towards creating a product specifically tailored to travellers’ needs, via our networks.

All stakeholders share a vision to enable better and easier travel options across the region.

CARIBSKY aims at sharing each airline’s expertise, connecting networks, optimising flight schedules and bringing our teams closer together.

The ultimate goal being to provide all Caribbean passengers with access to all Caribbean destinations, in a single ticket.

 

     

    FUNDING

     

    Implemented by francophone airline AIRANTILLES in partnership with LIAT (English speaking Caribbean based airline) and WINAIR (Dutch-speaking airline), the CARIBSKY project is co-funded by the INTERREG Caribbean programme for a total budget of €4,670,000, including 1.8 million euros as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and €417,500 as part of the European Development Fund (EDF).
    The balance is self-financed by the project’s partners (AIRANTILLES / LIAT / WINAIR & DISCOVER DOMINICA).
    It will be carried out over a three-year period.  

    TARGETED TARGETS.

    The Caribsky project has 3 main targets:

     

     

    Passengers

    To provide travellers with easier travel across the entire Caribbean area based on more connection options, increased traffic fluidity and lower prices.

     

     

    Caribbean territories

    To reduce isolation based on greater connection options and easier access for inter-continental passengers.

     

     

    Airlines

    Based on optimised productive assets and enhanced synergy.

     

    The Interreg Caribbean programme

    The Interreg Caribbean programme is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supports cooperation initiatives addressing shared regional challenges in view of strengthening sustainable economic growth in line with territorial specificities, in the Caribbean area. The Guadeloupe Regional Council acts as the managing authority for this fund. It was devised to support projects involving stakeholders located in the Outermost Regions (ORs) of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Saint Martin and partnering with other Caribbean establishments — which accounts for nearly forty third-countries or Overseas Countries or Territories (OCTs).

    This European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programme aims at upholding challenges and issues shared by Caribbean countries and territories, based on financial support to win/win projects. It counts with a total budget of 85.7 million euros including 64.2 million in ERDF funding distributed among all of the programme’s axes, as well as 2.9 million in EDF funding (European Development Fund) for Caribbean partners — with the Guadeloupe Regional Council acting as the fund’s managing authority on behalf of CARICOM/CARIFORUM.

    Axes.

    1. Competitiveness, innovation, employment, economic diversification, growing business opportunities in the area,

    2. Strengthening natural disaster response capabilities,

    3. Protecting and promoting natural and cultural environments, 

    4. Providing a joint response to public health issues, 

    5. Supporting initiatives aimed at fostering renewable energies, 

    6. Strengthening human capital (training, mobility, language learning). 

    The CARIBSKY project operates as part of the programme’s first axis, in view of strengthening in a sustainable and inclusive fashion, the competitiveness of Caribbean businesses, as crucial wealth and job creators.