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Better must be done by LIAT –– Sinckler

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler wants to see LIAT’s management and shareholder governments working together to quickly resolve the issues facing the airline.

Although he is not in charge of Barbados’ international transport or civil aviation, Sinckler is the one responsible for signing off on any financing Government provides to the Antigua-based carrier, and he has an interest in seeing the carrier step up its service.

“Of course we would hope, given that Barbados is the single largest shareholder in LIAT, that LIAT runs and that it runs not just profitably, but where profit cannot be made that it runs efficiently, and that it offers a proficient service to the public,” he said. “Because, after all, it is the taxpayers’ money that is subsidizing LIAT.”

In recent times, the Caribbean airline has faced mounting complaints and scathing attacks for its poor customer service, as well as flight delays and cancellations. Earlier this week, officials of the troubled airline admitted that
they were operating under “major constraints” to service countries in LIAT’s network.

Asked to share his views on LIAT’s operations and any plans the Freundel Stuart administration had to tackle the troubles of the airline, Sinckler said he hoped to see issues addressed as soon as they popped up.

“So if there are service issues then we have to address those, the management has to address those, the board of LIAT has to address those, and hopefully that will be done,” he said. “But I am sure Minister [of Tourism] and International Transport Richard Sealy, and Prime Minister [Freundel Stuart] and the other shareholders will deal with those matters as they come up.”

Besides Barbados, LIAT’s other shareholder governments are St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.

4 Responses to Better must be done by LIAT –– Sinckler

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 16, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Excuse after excuse by Barbados politicians for this garbage money sucking airline LIAT,this joke airline been awful for years so his excuses and pomises means squat.

  2. jrsmith September 16, 2016 at 6:10 am

    You clowns don’t know anything about this kind of business. privatize the silly thing.

  3. harry turnover September 16, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler wants to see LIAT’s management and shareholder governments working together to quickly resolve the issues facing the airline.

    SINCKLER…….you feel you saying something ??? NUFF people have been SAYING SO.

  4. Jim Lynch September 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Hey, Chris, here is free advice from a 45-year aviation professional that’s easy to implement.

    1. Pull Bipolar Gonsalves out of LIAT’s ass, and fire the entire Board.

    2. Then have the MAJORITY shareholders (just Antigua and Barbados, 11.8% MINORITY shareholder St. Vincent has done enough damage already) specify the major objectives for the airline – such as break even and to serve the current destinations – and step AWAY from the airline.

    3. Appoint regional people to the Board who are airline qualified, knowledgeable, experienced and innovative, with the contacts to make a real difference, and let THEM fire the current executive management of LIAT and appoint qualified, knowledgeable, experienced and innovative professionals to manage it.

    In short, 50.2% MAJORITY shareholder Barbados has the shareholding to call ALL of the shots, and has the power to turn LIAT away from the Gates of Financial Collapse.

    But that can only happen if our “esteemed” Prime Minister can get off his duff and actually do something.

    Rid LIAT of all the time- and money-wasters, and LIAT can be saved. Otherwise, prepare for its demise, it really is that simple.


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