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).