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Oct 1, 2020

What are Local Airlines Looking Forward to with P.G.I.A. Reopened?

Ravei Nunez

The domestic airline industry has suffered an equally devastating blow as hotels, resorts and other tourism-related businesses that have seen a significant loss of revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  When air travel ground to a halt during the national state of emergency back in March, it included all local flights, severely crippling income for Maya and Tropic Air.  In fact, when the S.O.E. was subsequently lifted several months later, both carriers were forced to reduce their flights considerably since economic activity had also taken a serious hit.  Now with the P.G.I.A. reopened, what are the local airline companies looking forward to in terms of revenue generation?  Here’s what Tropic Air’s Deputy Director of Operations had to say.


Ravei Nunez, Deputy Director of Operations, Tropic Air

“There’s not a whole lot of movement.  What it does it allows us to test out the procedures and protocols that we put in place to mitigate against  the spread of coronavirus.”


Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the overall picture for Tropic Air or the local airline industry for that matter?  I know it’s been very dismal since March when the tourism industry came to a screeching halt.  Where are you guys in terms of projections to attempt to pick up the pieces of this disaster?”


Ravei Nunez

“Right.  So for us, as I mentioned, we’re just testing out our procedures and protocols.  It does not represent a significant increase in terms of operations.  So with a five percent increase, we’re looking at, and there’s no direct correlation between operational time or flight hours to revenue.  So in terms of revenue, we’re probably looking at an even lower percentage in terms of increase.  So we’re looking to further relaxation of the restrictions that government has in place in order for us to see a noticeable or marked increase in terms of both operations and in terms of revenue generated.”

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