A current affairs commentator has accused the government of being rash in its decision to launch the Antigua Airways initiative.
Audley Phillip said while the facilitation of travel between the twin-island-state and West Africa could have been economically beneficial, the government acted without due diligence.
Given the distance between this country and West Africa, he said the flights would have to be full to make the journey worthwhile.
As a result, individuals involved in nefarious activities there saw this as an opportunity to advance their illegal efforts.
The bodies of three Africans were recovered following the tragedy at sea on March 28; the bodies of the 13 missing persons have not been recovered.
Cabinet announced last week that the 14 African survivors will return to Antigua and they will be made legal residents of the country.