Region urged to stick with LIAT

first_img 307 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel Region urged to stick with LIAT by: Dominica Vibes News – September 10, 2015 CARICOM Chairman, Barbados’s Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has urged the region to stick with LIAT. LIAT, the region’s longest serving airline, is facing tremendous financial challenges as it struggles to survive. At present, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent & the Grenadians share fiscal responsibility for the airline.“LIAT has severed the Caribbean very well for 50 years has a very, very good security record,” the CARICOM chairman told a press briefing in Dominica on Wednesday 9 September 2015.Prime Minister Stuart said like most other businesses, LIAT “has its challenges and those challenges require tax payers of certain parts in the Caribbean to pull their pocket”.“At present Barbados is the largest shareholder because we are committed to LIAT and LIAT unites the people of the Caribbean, it has done work in the Caribbean that no other airline has been able to do. So it has its challenges but we have to continue to support LIAT,” he said. Mr. Stuart said although LIAT is not perfect it has rendered an estimable service to the Caribbean for over fifty (50) years. “You only have to ask yourself the question, were there no LIAT, what would be the state of popular interaction in the Caribbean to understand how important LIAT is to the Caribbean, so LIAT justifies itself”.“We have to make sure that it is as efficient an airline as possible, we are doing that but this takes a little time,” he said. Prime Minister Stuart said despite the concerns of high airfares, “the truth is without LIAT, interaction of the people of the Caribbean would be non-existent and therefore we have to stay with LIAT to give it all the support that it needs while trying to ensure that it is as efficiently run an airline as possible”. A LIAT shareholder meeting is scheduled for Friday 11 September 2015 in Antigua.center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img

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