SVG: No more money for LIAT until service improves

The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has said that it will not inject any more money into the cash strapped regional airline – LIAT, until its service to Kingstown improves.

That was the outcome of a meeting between LIAT officials and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines government officials in Kingstown on Wednesday, Jamaica Observer reported.

The government delegation to the LIAT talks was led by Prime Minister, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves.

LIAT recently requested $810,000 from Kingstown to assist with the carrier’s operations.

The decision not to inject any more cash into LIAT represents a  major shift in policy for Gonsalves who has championed the cause of LIAT on many occasions in the past.

Kingstown has expressed concern about the lack of information on flight delays and the cancellation of flights to the travelling public.

Gonsalves had recently noted  that a decision to shift the carrier’s base from Antigua  to Barbados had not been carried out by the management of LIAT.

“The Company must seek to carry out the mandate of the Shareholder Government and the Board of Directors in that the decisions made by shareholders are not fully implemented by the management of LIAT, ” the Vincentian government said in a statement following Wednesday’s meeting with LIAT officials.

The carrier’s shareholder governments are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Antigua and Dominica.

 

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