Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Minister of Tourism and responsible for Bahamasair,
was not happy about what happened with Bahamasair over the Christmas Holidays.
Well neither was the public. Bahamasair
had a number of problems which resulted in a schedule of flights that was
unreliable. A combination of bad weather, shutdowns in Florida and planes going
down for mechanicals left their flight schedule in shambles. Mr. D’Aguilar claimed that the business model
for Bahamasair is wrong. That’s from the
man who washed clothes for a living up until he became the Minister of Tourism. He said that until the business model changes
there will always be problems for Bahamasair.
Mr. D’Aguilar no doubt feels emboldened to speak as an expert now that
he has been declared the Minister of the Year for Tourism in Caribbean. It is an award that he neither deserves or
earned. He got it because The Bahamas
was also declared the Destination of The Year in the Caribbean because of the
tourism success of Bahamar. Mr. D’Aguilar
was one of those who trashed the Bahamar development and said it was fake and
wanted it to fail. Yet here he is now
taking credit for something that he did nothing to help succeed. Bahamasair’s business model is fine: it must
transport Bahamians from island to island and to the international
community. It is the airline of last resort
to get tourists here if all else fails.
What we need is a government who understands that and simply gives Bahamasair
the money it needs and the planes it needs to do that. Until then, we will have problems.