UWP issues call for LIAT to be over-hauled

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UWP issues call for LIAT to be over-hauled
Allen Chastanet
Allen Chastanet

The article below is a press release/statement from the United Workers Party (UWP) and NOT St. Lucia News Online

The United Workers Party has been following, very closely, recent developments in the regional airline, LIAT.

The Party is extremely concerned over the silence of Minister of Tourism Hon. Lorne Theophilus and Minister of Civil Aviation Hon. Alva Baptiste regarding the deteriorating and sub-standard service which the airline has been providing to Saint Lucian travelers over the past weeks.

The operations of LIAT are critical to the tourism industry and the overall business market of Saint Lucia, notwithstanding, our dependency on LIAT for the delivery of professional and efficient service.

Despite the fact that LIAT operates as a monopoly, the airline continues to burden regional governments financially and has consistently fallen short from the required standards which the market demands. Saint Lucians have over-extended their patience and tolerance with LIAT without the commensurate improvements from the airline in its services.

We are suspicious that decreased flights and increasing fares to Saint Lucia by the airline is a deliberate attempt at coercing the government to meet their demands. The United Workers Party is concerned that the government of Saint Lucia may be yielding to the existing pressures and may have decided to invest millions of dollars in the beleaguered airline.

UWP Leader, Allen Chastanet, in commenting on the suggestion that the government of Saint Lucia may be seeking to invest millions in LIAT, stated the following: “We wish to caution the administration to exercise prudence in ensuring that the use of tax-payers monies should only be applied towards financially successful ventures. At this stage we are not convinced that investment in LIAT is a sound venture.”

According to Mr. Chastanet, “the aviation industry is too critical to the St. Lucian and Caribbean economies; it requires a more competitive environment which will enable the input of fresh ideas and initiatives to ensure survival and growth of the region. We must be prepared to put in place new minds and persons with a sound understanding of the industry.”

Mr. Chastanet also issued a call for the heads of government of CARICOM to review the tenure of the chairman of Caricom Aviation and Transportation Sub-Committee. The UWP political leader supports the calls from around the region for both the current chairman of LIAT and chairman of CARICOM Aviation and Transportation Sub-Committee to tender their resignations. This is a necessary step to ensure a more objective approach to find immediate solutions for a viable regional aviation industry.

The UWP wants to commend the staff of LIAT and to state that we sympathize with them as they are forced to operate in very trying and tenuous conditions. The region cannot continue to be saddled with an airline which is unable to generate profit and continues to fall short of basic standards. We therefore advise that the government of Saint Lucia act with extreme caution as relates to investing in LIAT.

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  1. If I'm not mistaken, Chastanet is the one whose attempts at operating an airline were both illegal and unsuccessful.

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  2. Caribbean Governments stupid. there are laws set in place since 1944 the Chicago Convention that prevent LIAT and other Caribbean Airlines from falling short economically. These governments still allow all kinds of US airlines to operate illegal routes by turning a blind eye and expect the Caribbean Airlines to survive. Idiots cutting off the Airlines feet and still expect them to jump. Countries responsible for LIAT's demise believe it or not the British Virgin Islands, ANTIGUA!! St Kitts, Dominica, Barbados, yes St Lucia and St Vincent are key culprits in the demise of LIAT and other Caribbean Airlines. I know first hand!

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  3. It is necessary to encourage investment by not only by St.Lucia but by all countries that benefit from it's service. This investment must be made on the grounds that the best efficiencies are employed and a relocation of key departments in durisdictions that afford an efficient and cost effective operation. If these parameters are not considered the status quo is unsustainable!

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  4. Mr chastenet is a Hypocrite, He is phony and has proven himself a man who will say anything to get elected, Why he don't speak about his tenure as Marketing at air Jamaica, what was your accomplishment at air Jamaica.

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  5. simple solutions bring in competition you must get improvement and changes.Start up a new airline let LIAT take a hike they are well known to LEAVE ISLAND ANY TIME.

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  6. Allan you were very instrumental on increasing the cost of inter-regional flights. Remember while you were complaining about the English APD tax and how it increased the fare to travel to the Caribbean? At that same time, you were increasing the tax burden on us by implementing the Airport development tax! What about that!

    While you were minister of tourism, what did you accomplish? Just name one thing!!! You hypocrite!

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      • This is politics! Isn't this a press release from the UWP? Isn't the party a political entity? What is Chastenet's position in the party? Political leader. Why has he made this statement? For political reasons! So there!

        By the way, I do have a job . . . and a very good one! Further, if I couldn't find a job, I would step up to STEP. Why? Because it would put food on my table . . . even if would be for a month or two or three!

        Finally, I do stand by my comment. What did Chastenet accomplish while he was Minister of Tourism for St. Lucia and for LIAT! That is what yoou should answer!

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  7. I couldn't agree more!!
    The fact that LIAT has consistently under performed for decades, its obvious that this company is rotten from the roots up and only a total revamping of the company will ever see it back on a stable footing and able to serve the public as one expects in this day and age.

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  8. Well said i must say. It is difficult to say not to invest in LIAT when they are the sole airline for the Caribbean airlines, but how could we invest in a company that has not yielded profit in years. Dicey! Mr PM please do not throw our money at LIAT before proper consultation from persons knowledgeable in the aviation industry as it will come back to haunt us.

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