Antigua undaunted by SVG threat to starve Liat of funds

ANTIGUA OBSERVER:- The government of Antigua & Barbuda has said that it stands ready to fill any monetary void left by St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG), after its Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves blasted the regional carrier for poor service to SVG and promised that his government will cease injecting funds into the airline.

While Dr Gonsalves has dismissed Liat’s reason given for the poor service – bad weather – as “an excuse”, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Lennox Weston has shot back at the SVG Prime Minister, for, as he sees it, making much ado about nothing.

“Every time Liat has a late flight you hear this big uproar as if airlines don’t have late flights. Liat has problems, yes, but when you’re going to use a cancelled flight…to go Antigua bashing….I find that to be the type of thing I don’t respond to because its meaningless,” Weston declared.

“Even if other countries pull out we’re going to find the money to put into Liat. We have signalled our intention to have majority shares…” he added.

According to iWitness News online, the SVG position on its funding to Liat followed a meeting in Kingstown SVG on Wednesday, where Dr Gonsalves, who has been a major supporter of Liat, came down hard on its management for persistent delays and cancellations in SVG.

The news outlet said Liat was expecting EC$810,000 from the government of St Vincent to aid its operations – funds which are now being withheld.


  1. Anonymous
    September 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Ralph is right, LIAT is a terrible airline service and someone needs to stand up to them. It costs me the same about to fly from Barbados to Alaska and back as it does for someone to fly from Tortola to Barbados and back. That is robbery. And let’s not get started in the service….

    1. Anonymous
      September 21, 2016 at 5:01 am

      Check the travel taxes on the LIAT ticket

  2. Anonymous
    September 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Sad to see LIAT (and OECS) shareholder governments involved in a public spat over LIAT. Why you’ll washing your dirty linen in public when you’ll can meet behind closed doors to resolve the issue?

  3. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Weston, is definitely not of this planet to nonchalantly brush off SVG’s move as a stance for a problem that is not big of a deal is deemed as unprofessional. Yes airlines do occasionally run behind schedule, but LIAT has built years’ reputation off of being late -UNACCEPTABLE!!!

  4. Concern
    September 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with St Vincent PM. Stop putting money into LIAT. For years they have been proving poor service for the Caribbean people.and yes it’s very expensive to travel within the Caribbean with LIAT. Their rates are crazy. It’s cheaper to travel to the US than to another island

  5. Anonymous
    September 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm


  6. Ronald
    September 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    There is no reason for that kind of response from Antigua. It only goes to say that regional integration is still light years away. So much for regional integration. Too many chiefs and few indians.

  7. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Just get Seaborne to start servicing SVG. They are reasonably priced (unlike the robbery LIAT performs on its customers), and are generally on time.

  8. Anonymous
    September 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

    We need to get rid of Liat airlines and bring in new airlines services. They ripping people off. They are useless.lot of people don’t travel because of their Poor service and exorbitant Prices for traveling