Bad move

Businessman knocks plans to set up new LIAT base in Barbados

Businessman Robert Pitcher has come out strongly against plans to make Barbados the fleet base for the Antigua-based LIAT, warning that such a move would only make the carrier’s operations more expensive.

Robert Pitcher
Robert Pitcher

“It will only become a ground for political favours in the short term. That is what will happen, like how Antigua did,” said Pitcher in light of decisions taken at last week’s meeting of shareholder governments in Barbados to have four of the airline’s new ATR aircraft stationed at the Grantley Adams International Airport and two in Antigua.

The other two aircrafts will be based in Trinidad as LIAT seeks to strengthen its push into the southern Caribbean market, which officials say is showing strong growth.

Pitcher, a frequent flier on LIAT, who has made numerous calls for the airline to cut staff, welcomed efforts to reduce the current complement of 800 jobs by about 180, as the airline comes to grips with a projected loss of about $29.6 million. However, he questioned the reported number of employees at the airline, while suggesting that the estimated EC$13 million to be saved from sending home the 180 workers was “a drop in the bucket”.

Pitcher also predicted that unless the cuts included “middle and upper management”, and other stringent measures were put in place to cut the airline’s money losses, then LIAT could end up facing more financial difficulties in the near future with a possibility of “going under by 2017”.

“People do not want to face the reality of LIAT because we are not doing things to try to change it around at all,” he said.

4 Responses to Bad move

  1. Abraham Millington
    Abraham Millington February 18, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Negative projection and may have little weight. Inner scope shows numerous flights sent to Barbados possibly with clear knowledge of no real connecting flight, leaving passengers stranded and to be temporarily accommodated… Let’s hope this can be rectified with the Liat headquarters relocation to Barbados… this isn’t to say Barbados alone is capable

  2. Matthew Grosvenor
    Matthew Grosvenor February 18, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Over the years LIAT has achieved nothing, anyone investing in that airline at this point will want some results or pull the plug on the whole operation. Its time for a new approach, see how things are actually being managed, if no one adheres to what is being recommended, lets cut our losses and cancel LIAT.

  3. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris February 18, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Who is this guy and why does his opinion matter?

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Agree cut waste at top but that usually not the case it’s bottom rug and I’m sure it’s not going to happen at this bottomless money pit LIAT-Leaving Islanders Angry Trembling.


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