TRANSPORT / Air Antilles Express: 11 planes grounded

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Following a decision by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the fleet of the airline company Air Antilles Express was not authorized to take the road to heaven on Friday, August 27. The cause is maintenance problems.

The 11 planes of the airline company Air Antilles Express have been grounded since August 27 following a decision by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) The authority responsible for guaranteeing the safety and security of air transport reportedly noted maintenance deficiencies on the company's aircraft fleet.

Air Antilles operates a total of 11 aircraft, including 7 ATR and 4 Twin Otter. The maintenance schedules for these planes were not respected: “During the monitoring of your organization since the beginning of 2021, we noted 8 major non-conformities, concerning the ATR and Twin fleets, which demonstrate that your management system does not make it possible to control compliance with the procedures required to ensure the airworthiness of these aircraft fleets and the adequacy of the procedures ”, wrote the DGAC to the Guadeloupe company to justify the flight ban.

Consequently, all Air Antilles Express connections between Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Dominica and the Caribbean islands are canceled until further notice, the time to carry out maintenance on its fleet. The Guadeloupe company "is doing everything possible to transport the passengers affected by these disruptions and return to a normal situation as soon as possible", she said in a press release.

As a result, the airline company WinAir, partner of Air Antilles Express, informs that it is obliged to cancel all its flights to the islands of Curaçao and Aruba. "Only flights with Twin-Otters, including to Saba, Saint-Eustache and Saint-Barth will continue" specify our colleagues from the newspaper The Daily Herald

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