Although the islands are not that far, flying between them requires patience, strength, and more patience. The only option for us to get from Dominica to St Martin was to fly on Liat Air, the worst airline we’ve ever flown on (ok – 2nd worse. Vietnam Air crashed the Airbus we were supposed to be on. Their bad).
The flight was 4 hours late leaving (no excuse given), and Melville Hall was not a great place to get stuck- the only redeeming feature of the airport was the free Wi-Fi. We had to connect through Antigua (Liat’s hub) and had already missed our flight by the time we arrived. We then had to wait an hour in a line-up waiting for them to re-route the 30ish passengers who just got off the plane..
Since this is such a common occurence on LIAT, we were expecting them to process this sort of thing better Apparently, we were lucky it was only that bad – another lady we talked to who lives in Dominica once had her flight take off in the dark even though Melville Hall has no lights and isn’t rated for night flights. Another couple we talked to got transferred to a plane whose door wouldn’t seal shut – but they still took off. .
Anyways LIAT finally routed us through another island and we got to St Martin in the early evening, as opposed to our planned noon arrival. We were just happy to make it, and happy that it was our last flight on LIAT.