Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, declaring that consumers are frustrated with regional airline LIAT, has asserted that it is clear that the carrier as a single entity cannot resolve all of the transportation needs of the region.
Chastanet told a news conference last night that he would like to make Caribbean Airlines this country’s national carrier.
“This means that Caribbean Airlines would now be able to fly between Saint Lucia and Barbados and Trinidad and even go to Puerto Rico and other places,” he said.
“I would like to move our Civil Aviation Authority away from ECCCAA ( the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority) – I am convinced that ECCAA cannot be fixed,” Chastanet told the news conference, adding that he believes ECCAA is an impediment to competition in the region because it has not allowed the entry of other airlines.
“Moving our aviation to Trinidad will I believe, encourage other people to be able to open up an airline in Saint Lucia or in some of the other Islands.”