Chastanet supports PM Gonsalves on LIAT

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that he empathizes with his Vincentian counterpart, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves, who has announced that his country will not be injecting any more money into cash strapped LIAT until the carrier’s service to Kingstown improves.

Chastanet, who has himself worked in the airline business, told the Times he knows how frustrating airline business can be.

“I stand behind the Prime Minister (Gonsalves) and any support he needs in terms of trying to resolve some of the operational issues  that LIAT has – obviously that would only redound to the benefit of the people of the region,” Chastanet said in an interview with the Times.

He said knowing Gonsalves, he did not think the message the Vincentian leader was sending was to have other options explored while LIAT gets its act together.

“Obviously it’s for him to articulate that,” Chastanet said.

However speaking from his own perspective, the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said he is not convinced that LIAT can fulfill all the needs of the region.

He recalled that he always makes the comparison between the Bahamas and the OECS.

Chastanet said the Bahamas has  a population of 370,000 people while the OECS has  700,000 –  one million with the inclusion of Barbados.

“The Bahamas has twenty-five commercial airlines while here in the OECS we have one,” Chastanet observed.

According to the Saint Lucia PM, there is absolutely no way that LIAT, with one type of aircraft can met all the needs of the region.

Chastanet, a former Tourism Minister, asserted that there should be no debate on that matter as the proof was clear.

He said the shareholders of LIAT will have to determine whether the carrier can make money with its current structure.

Chastanet disclosed that Saint Lucia will be announcing initiatives very soon to open up its own skies to facilitate competition.





  1. Anonymous
    September 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Okay can LIAT just stop coming here already and let St.Lucia have “alternatives”. I’m tired of this [REMOVED BY ADMIN] forever bothering LIAT.

    1. Afan
      September 19, 2016 at 7:21 am

      You are one displaying idiotic tendencies by making this statement, only fools like you will try to say that our air transport is good…..for gods sakes we so close however pay so much, wait so much, where the solutions for transporting perishables ? The truth is this lack of transportation is impacting our collective economies and is making true integration something imaginary… shut up and go sit in the corner if you insist on being a childish twerp

      1. Ti Avocar
        September 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

        Come on Afan, you the one displaying idiotic tendencies by behaving like he/she must not have an opinion. If you are as smart as you want to portray you would know that Liat’s problems begin with regional governments that have failed to address the problem adequately. By the way, have you cared to notice that 60% of the monies paid to liat are in fact government taxes? yet we blame Liat for hih fares. SMH

  2. Ti Avocar
    September 19, 2016 at 8:21 am


  3. BimJim
    September 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Once again, Chastanet talked alot but said absolutely nothing.

    “I will not give a cent to South African Airways.”
    Easy to say, I don’t give them a cent now. So have I said anything? Nope!

    Just another jackass to attend the HOG Summits and consume public funds to do nothing and produce nothing.

    Move along, move along, nothing see (or hear) here.