American Airlines helps keep St. Lucia's economy humming, according to a government minister. Sen. Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia's minister of tourism and civil aviation, reported continued solid relations between the airline and the island destination following a visit to American Airlines' division headquarters in Miami.
Chastanet led a St. Lucian delegation, which included Minister of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Guy Joseph, Director of Tourism Louis Lewis and Karolin Troubetzkoy, the new president of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.
The team met with Peter Dolara, American Airlines' senior vice president for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, to review the airlines’ services to St. Lucia and to provide destination updates to Dolara and his team.
Dolara heads a region that is the largest operating unit in the American Airlines system. It includes Miami International Airport, American's gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.
"We could not have asked for a better partner than American Airlines, who have stood by St. Lucia through thick and thin," Chastanet said. "With airlines cutting back services in today's recessionary environment, American's commitment to serve St. Lucia via daily nonstop flights from Miami and twice daily flights from San Juan helps to keep our economy ticking."
Louis Lewis said the meeting with Dolara was an eye-opener and an opportunity to engage the AA executive about the intricacies of the airline sector.