Saint Lucia and Grenada agree to fund LIAT, St Kitts says no — report

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Saint Lucia and Grenada agree to fund LIAT, St Kitts says no — report

(CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne has revealed that the governments of Grenada and St Lucia have agreed to subsidise the operations of LIAT.

These governments have been two of the airline’s biggest critics and after years of dialogue, Browne said they now see it fit to support the operations of the airline.

Browne did not reveal the details of the contribution by these two governments but said it was agreed to at the just concluded OECS Authority meeting in St Lucia.

“The whole idea is to spread the burden and the benefits of LIAT,” Browne said on a radio station on Saturday.

“They have signalled that they are willing to come onboard to provide some financial subsidy to LIAT.”

Grenada and St Lucia have resisted calls in the past to invest in LIAT, saying that the Antigua-based airline must first address its inefficiencies.

Meanwhile, Browne revealed that the government of St Kitts, headed by Dr Timothy Harris, is still not ready to contribute to LIAT.

“Unfortunately, we have not had a commitment yet from my dear friend, comrade Harris of St Kitts and Nevis but I hope he’ll understand the need for us to keep LIAT in the air,” Browne told radio listeners.

“I don’t see why the OECS and Barbados cannot maintain its own airline,” he added.

The governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica are LIAT’s main shareholders.

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  1. The Caribbean Governments need to lower their taxes on LIAT and stop subsidizing the larger carriers. That's where all St. Kitts monies go.
    Is St. Kitts apart of OECS ? Last time I checked was , Yes.
    Mr. Harris must also remember that LIAT connects most Kittitian to the wider Caribbean.

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  2. It is about time the management of Liat expose those hypocritical Caribbean leaders for lying about the true reasons LIAT is not profitable.

    1. Why are such high taxes placed on tickets at each destination which drives up the cost of Tickets?
    2. Why do they insist on keeping and hiring square pegs to run the operations of the company who have little to no experience in aviation?
    3. What happens to the monies that leave LIAT to go favoured Governments like Antigua, Barbados etc?
    4. Why did they opt to go with new ATR aircraft which will cost more to maintain as oposed to the Dehavilland Dash8? they could have invested in new dash8 and spare the cost of re-tooling to run a new aircraft platform.

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  3. WTF how much money will we be putting into this airline? LIAT needs to address its inefficiencies, otherwise whats the point???

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  4. St.Kitts don't need liat, we need new a new air craft to call ours.. liat is too expensive just tp take us from point A to B. Our government Mr Harris he isn't a follower he is a leader..

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  5. I wish to hear more on this publicly (Parliament). We ought to know more about LIAT's operations how much St Lucian tax money will be going to them and how much we will be getting in return.

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    • If you look at the price breakdown on a ticket, the actual LIAT fare is between $50USD and $100USD. The Taxes however, go upwards of $177USD per destination! I priced a trip to St. Kitts the other day and between St. Lucia and St. Kitts, the taxes ALONE were $254 USD!!!!!

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