Regional airline: Chastanet wants change

Regional airline: Chastanet wants change

Saint Lucian hotelier, Allen Chastanet, has said that there is no way that regional airline – LIAT can be successful, until its board is made up of people who understand aviation.

Chastanet was quoted in Antigua’s Observer newspaper as saying that the regional airline has a poor organizational structure that will continue to lead to its collapse.

According to the newspaper, the former Saint Lucia Minister of Tourism has asserted that LIAT must make business decisions.

He argued that ministers of government or permanent secretaries within ministries of transportation should not formulate the board in lieu of aviation insiders.

Liat’s official website, up to press time, listed eight directors, to include Trevor Mayers, Irvine Best, Martin Cox and Mark Maloney from Barbados; Isaac Solomon of St Vincent and Minister Robin Yearwood, Senator Lennox Weston and Carolyn Tonge from Antigua & Barbuda.

Last week, the CEO of LIAT, David Evans, tendered his resignation.

Chastanet, besides being an hotelier and former Minister of Tourism, is the political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).





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  1. Anon1
    April 18, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply

    LIATs’ just been a major failure for decades.

    Approach Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group) with a suitable offer, if he accepts, LIATs’ demise will be turned around quicker than we know.

    His group already operates succesful routes to the US and the Caribbean.

    They involvement in a regional carrier could only compliment they exiting North American and Caribbean routes.

  2. Modeste Downes
    April 18, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    I’m not sure of the totality of your suggestion, Anon 1, but I am thinking along lines of scrapping LIAT altogether and outsourcing the service.

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