Chastanet vows to shake up LIAT

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has warned that some unpopular changes are coming to the cash strapped regional airline – LIAT.

He told the Antigua Observer that the changes will affect how the airline is structured, how it is run and how the civil aviation authority functions.

The Saint Lucia Prime Minister told the Observer that he will announce specific changes before the end of the year.

The publication however asserted that Chastanet is likely to find resistance from LIAT shareholder governments.

It said he will have to convince Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, among others.

Chastanet disclosed that Saint Lucia is not happy with the current situation with regional transportation either air or maritime.

“I’m hoping in a very short time we can announce some alternatives, and a way to solve the problem. But I want to make sure that I give my prime minister colleagues the benefit of the discussion and see if we can solve this collectively,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister was quoted as saying.

He was interviewed in Guyana during the Caricom summit.

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