PM responds to calls for LIAT withdrawal

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has responded to a call for shareholder governments to withdraw the airline’s service from Caribbean countries that refuse to pump cash into the carrier.

Former President of the Barbados Bankers Association, Horace Cobham, was quoted by Barbados Today as making the call.

At present, only Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines contribute financially to the cash-strapped carrier.

In an exclusive interview with the Times, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said there is a fallacy that if LIAT were to disappear tomorrow, there will be no replacement.

“I totally disagree with that,” he declared.

Chastanet told the Times that if in fact LIAT were to completely cut off the other countries, those Islands would be free to bring in an alternative.

However he expressed the view that LIAT would not take such actions.

“But if they were to do that there are a lot of airlines that would be happy to make up,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister asserted.

Chastanet recently joined a list of regional leaders, including Doctor Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Doctor Timothy Harris of St Kitts and Nevis, in making it clear that they would not invest in LIAT.

Without making reference to any of these countries, Horace Cobham told  Barbados Today some tough decisions would have to be taken if LIAT were to be made into a viable entity.


  1. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I say the same thing. I know we want changes but this entire two weeks, the man on self destruct mode. Gosh man start focusing on us at home not overseas. cuz right now Lucians eh even thinking about regional travel. they thinking about how they will survive today.

  2. Cleo
    July 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    All the time you guys sit on your behinds talking and writing nonsense work is being done. The impacs business is a heavy load on our shoulder the PM have to deal with. The hospitals has law suits hanging over their heads to deal with. Sad but true Schools are in a mess he has to deal with before the school year starts. If Jufalli borrowed Kenny any monies Kenny will pay it back out of his pocket I’m not afraid, our tax money not paying Jufalli back. So work is going on a lot if you’re not aware of it. Thank you!!

    1. Anonymous
      July 22, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Not affiliated to any of those political parties but I like dealing with facts. What caused the Impacs Report? Which Government was in power when those alleged killings took place? So why make it out as if Kenny or SLP caused it? I really don’t get it. If those killings took place it was under UWP and they are back in power. So guess who has to deal with it now? That’s right UWP! Facts!

    2. Sad-But-True
      July 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

      But the Impacs Report, is based on extra-Judicial Killings that occurred at the same Your Leader was in office. And he supported those killings, because he never denounced it. So they have to clean-up their mess.

      1. Sad-But-True
        July 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

        “at the same time”

    3. Anonymous
      July 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I thank u need help
      U sailfish like the pm
      Lucia is going on were

  3. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    if there were many airlines vying to replace LIAT, they would have done so already. We know of your propensity to lie so we don’t believe you. Why don’t you stop threatening LIAT and do some actual work. It’s clear you focus on LIAT because outside of LIAT, you really have nothing to add to any discussion except lies

  4. trudy
    July 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Kenny did not invest in LIAT either. Was he in self- destruct mode also? Read understand, and be knowledgeable about the issues before you write.

  5. Love
    July 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    For years governments have been investing millions into list and the flights have gotten more expensive. If list for years is notaking any profit and every day it flies all over the Caribbean then we need to weigh our options and look into some other alternative than to pay all that millions annually. So the prime minister is rite

  6. The Watcher
    July 23, 2016 at 9:34 am


    Lest we forget, remember that during his tenure as Minister of Tourism, the current PM, did in fact make a concerted effort to bring in an airline of his choice, to replace LIAT (a fan of which I most certainly am not). However this time around, all elected members ought to divulge their interests, financial or otherwise in any other airline proposing to supplant or replace LIAT, whether LIAT initiates the withdrawal or not. Additionally any such “new kid on the block” will have to divulge (and herein lies the role of impartial media), who their major share-holders are.

    This matter of persons with business interests who hold the reins of power in a small state such as Saint Lucia, must be carefully managed by the governed, and not by the governors, who by virtue of their conflicting interests may not be forthcoming to, and forthright with, the governed.


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