Last week in a show of support to the airline, the Government had announced that it agreed to guarantee an EC$3M loan to the cash strapped airline.
Addressing Parliament, Dr. Anthony said the guarantee has been agreed upon but requires Parliamentary approval in order to be effected. “A government can decide they going to give a guarantee but no guarantee takes effect until you come to the House. All I indicated was that the government of St Lucia agrees to give LIAT a guarantee. Obviously, it must mean that you have to come to the House at the right time provided that LIAT can raise the loan for the government to agree the guarantee.”
Dr. Anthony noted that the government would not agree to any loan guarantee without giving careful consideration its terms and interest rates. Additionally, the prime minister condemned the animosity levelled at LIAT as he said this affected Saint Lucians employed with the airline.
“I think it is very unfortunate the animosity towards LIAT that has been expressed by some. There are Saint Lucian workers employed at LIAT and they are hurting from the animosity that is expressed about LIAT.”
Dr. Anthony said the public is free to question the service offered by the LIAT and that he too was guilty of that.
“By all means criticise management decisions of LIAT, but also too we have St Lucians working there and they ought not to be victims of animosity towards the airline.”