(CASTRIES) – TIA 2000 (Bridgetown) commenced commercial operations last week with the launch of scheduled and chartered flights to Bridgetown, St. Lucia Vigie, Grenada, St. Vincent Argyle Int’l, and Dominica Cane Field.
Operations are on-board Beech C99s and Beech (twin turboprop) King Airs with plans to add a DHC-6 at some point in the future.
The airline was founded in 1982 as Trans Island Air (TRD, Bridgetown) by Barbadian businessman Bernie Weatherhead. Weatherhead then sold the carrier’s assets to current owner Bruce Kaufman who rebranded it as Trans Island Air 2000 (TRD, Bridgetown) in 2000. At the time, it operated a mixed fleet including Islanders, Rockwell Aero Commanders, a DHC-6 Twin Otter, and an EMB-110.
It subsequently hit a rough patch going out of business in 2004 before resurrecting itself last year in time for its aforementioned launch.