During a particular period, George Charles Airport was extremely busy with traffic, sometimes registering about forty-five incoming flights daily.
LIAT (1974) Ltd alone was responsible for about sixteen (16) flights daily. At present LIAT has five flights daily – three (3) on mornings and two (2) in the afternoon period. LIAT is currently contemplating a shutdown of its cargo operation.
This would result in job losses and will also negatively impact taxi drivers, the air port cafeteria, vendors and a sub-branch Bank operation at the George Charles Airport.
The NWU in a previous statement after the last general election had already hinted that a number of small businesses were in difficulty.
These owners had no one to turn to for assistance and guidance. The union at the time had said that Saint Lucia cannot afford more job losses and if the right decisions were not made the country would continue to haemorrhage and Saint Lucia may become too hot for us to handle.