PM Stuart – LIAT still vital to the region

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean.

Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being voiced by some CARICOM leaders about the viability of the regional carrier during the just concluded 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in St George’s, Grenada.

In his address at the opening ceremony of the conference, CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, had bemoaned the high cost of travelling throughout the region via LIAT, stating that it was cheaper to go to Miami than to some CARICOM destinations.

Prime Minister Stuart maintained that the airline was an important source market for tourism in the region and that Barbados was not going to support it blindly.

“The reality is that LIAT has over the last 50 years to 60 years kept the people of the Caribbean together. Airlines have come [and] airlines have gone but LIAT has remained with an impressive safety record,” he emphasized.

Next year’s CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM will take place in Haiti in February, while the Regular Conference will be held in Jamaica in July. (BGIS)

5 Responses to PM Stuart – LIAT still vital to the region

  1. concern bajan voter July 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I would like to ask the Prime Minister of Barbados this question.
    Why is it that Barbados is the largest share holder of Liat and Barbados apparently does not have a say in the future of Liat.

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  2. Richard Johnston July 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    It’s still vital and it’s still a disaster.

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  3. Tony Webster July 8, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Agreed: LIAT, an airline serving the Caribbean/ CARICOM, is vital, but need not be the chronic, slo-mo financial trainwreck it is. For how long do you feed a leech? Or employ thousands of redundant, under-performing public-sector folks?
    Indeed , a viable regional airline is just as much needed as we need an effective, efficient, and relevant government.

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 9, 2017 at 4:39 am

    142 MILLION WENT INTO LIAT ALREADY, HOW MUCH MORE WANNA PLANNING TO PUT IN NOW, 200 MILLION? …I DON’T KNOW WHY U DON’T GO OUT BY THAT PLACE OPPOSITE ST.CATHERINE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND LAY STRETCH OUT FOR GOOD

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 9, 2017 at 8:46 am

    PM don’t be stupid reason other airlines have come and gone is because regional government made sure they wings were clip by making it hard for them to operate.Secondly reason LIAT-Leaving Islanders Agitated Terrified is still around so long is Barbados taxpayers have been mostly susidizing this bottomless money pit which would not survive on it’s friggin own so PM stop the stupid gloating about this crap airline.

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