LIAT Comes In For Heavy Criticism From Prime Ministers Of St.Kitts-Nevis And Grenada

Two of the region’s most respected leaders have blasted the regional air carrier LIAT  . Dr. Kieth Mitchell Prime Minister of Grenada and his colleague  Dr. Timothy Harris the Prime Minister of St.Kitts-Nevis both declared that regional integration cannot be achieved if passengers are unable to travel from one country to the next.

The Prime Ministers made the highly critical remarks during the opening of the 62nd summit of the OECS.

Dr Mitchell, who is the current Chairman of the OECS  , said he gets severe headaches whenever he thinks about the travel time from his homeland Grenada to Dominica.

“It’s like doing some serious mathematical formula; you have to do all sorts of things and take your mind away from all the troubles and the headaches to get to Dominica. But I can take a plane at 9 o’clock in Grenada and land in Miami by 12 o’clock, no headache,” Dr Mitchell lamented while addressing other heads who gathered in Dominica for the 62nd meeting of the OECS Authority .

He said that whatever the issues are they must be solved even if it means reducing taxes on intra-regional travel.

“If more people travel, we will get less tax on one person travelling, but the multiplicity of activities will in fact increase,” Dr Mitchell said.

Meantime, Harris told the gathering that he had to charter a plane to get the St Kitts & Nevis delegation to Dominica for the meeting.

“Something better must be demanded of LIAT, whatever the views we hold, and whether or not we are shareholders. I am speaking of it, not has a shareholder, but simply as a customer who is demanding better quality service,” Harris said.

LIAT has, for years, faced a barrage of criticism about the quality of service it provides to the region.

The airline’s main shareholder governments are Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

2 Comments on LIAT Comes In For Heavy Criticism From Prime Ministers Of St.Kitts-Nevis And Grenada

  1. There are four shareholder governments in LIAT, if you are not one of those Governments, Kindly keep quiet, you can join the others that share the burdens of financing LIAT and complain about it as much as you like after you have shared the burdens of its ownership!

  2. Liat need to get their act together. Its come to the point now that instead of expecting that when I come off the International plane to be picking up my flight on Liat on the same day. Instead you find yourself hanging around a airport with no info as to when your Liat flights will take you on the rest of your final destination. Its no fun arriving late in the evening at your final destination with everything closed. I now make a stop over at friends rather than having to hang around airports only to be told flight is either delayed or has Mechanical problems. Even staying over in the hope of catching the first flight out in the morning does not always work. You spend you time being stuck in BIM with the announcers saying that Liat is delayed. It was delayed in SVG , reach BIM, (are there no direct flights from Antigua to SVG) why does the plane have to land at BIM. Then we come off the plane only to have to wait around and most times its the same plane you are getting back on. That does not make sense. Is it also true that Liat is selling off some of the Newish Jets they brought. So what happens when there are less planes to fly? More delays as par usual.

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