Saint Lucia seeking to introduce airline competition

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, an outspoken critic of  the regional airline LIAT, has said that Saint Lucia is undertaking initiatives to open up its skies to introduce competition.

Chastanet told the Times that his administration is in discussion with Seaborne Airlines with the hope of attracting a Puerto Rico flight here.

He also said that Saint Lucia will be in talks with Caribbean Airlines.

Chastanet, a former Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, pointed to the need to address what he described as the Civil Aviation Authority problem, to ensure that if there is new airline investment here the investors will be treated fairly.

He told the Times that the authority needs to do what is is supposed to do and act as a regulatory agency as it pertains to the safety of the traveling public and not be involved in the commercial aspect of civil aviation.

In July this year,  Chastanet announced that not a dollar from this country is going into LIAT.

Last week, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves, said his country would not give financial support to the regional carrier until it improves its service to Kingstown.