KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Honduras-based airline EasySky, which had been bringing Cuban shoppers to St Vincent since June, has stopped its flights into the Argyle International Airport (AIA), leaving passengers stranded in St Vincent and in Cuba.
The airline, which operated twice-weekly flights between St Vincent and Cuba, has not landed at AIA in the last three weeks, the Searchlight newspaper reported.
While the airline has reportedly fallen behind in its payments to the AIA, a senior airport official confirmed that EasySky owes the AIA, “as do other airlines”, but denied that the airport had blocked the airline from landing there.
A number of Cubans left stranded in St Vincent when the EasySky service stopped had to make alternate arrangements to go home via other airlines.
Elsworth John, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ resident ambassador to Cuba, said, “EasySky is going through a period of internal evaluation,” adding that he hoped flights would resume in the New Year.
Last April, hundreds of Cubans were left stranded in Guyana for several days, after EasySky was banned from flying to that country. The Guyanese authorities reportedly grounded EasySky and asked them to correct some of their safety deficiencies. The weight of some of the flights was also in question.