Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has questioned the hype surrounding this week’s inaugural British Airways flight to Saint Lucia from Guyana while lamenting this country’s airlift capacity.
In a release hailing the flight, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) said it would augur well for the aviation sector, increasing airlift and trade between the two countries.
But Chastanet had his concerns.
“They would go off to celebrate a flight to Guyana. That’s a joke. We have lost four flights a week to Trinidad and they have been replaced by two flights a week to Guyana and two flights weekly to Tobago. We should be crying, not celebrating,” the former Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister told reporters.
Chastanet spoke on Wednesday on the sidelines of a House of Assembly meeting.
He pointed to a loss of flights in Dallas and Chicago and reduced capacity from the United Kingdom.
“We are going to have a difficult summer,” the United Workers Party (UWP) leader declared.
Chastanet, whose party the electorate voted out of office in the July 26, 2021, general elections, said his former administration left the current government a platform allowing tourism to grow by 150,000 passengers this last year.
However, he told reporters he was not sure Saint Lucia would see that kind of tourism growth, if any, for this upcoming year.