Dear Editor,

  A remarkable report about aviation and government caught my eye in your paper recently.

  It is a global phenomenon that small airlines are generally not profitable. In the Caribbean they are almost never profitable. Companies that are owned by the state are seldom profitable, particularly in the Caribbean. In St. Maarten they are also seldom profitable unless they benefit from concessionary income.

  What a pleasant surprise to see that Winair, operating entirely in the Caribbean and owned by the state, produces a profit for its shareholder. How nice to see the trend of unprofitable airlines in the Caribbean reversed. How nice to see a government-owned company being profitable without extraordinary support.

  The directors, managers and all employees deserve to be congratulated on a unique achievement.


Robbie Ferron