Gonsalves calls for St Lucia's partnership in LIAT, again
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, July 12, CMC – The Vincentian leader Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Wednesday notched up a steady drumbeat of calls on neighbouring St Lucia to take a stake in the regional airline LIAT, as the cash-strapped carrier moves to renew and expand its aging fleet.
In a news conference here, he referred to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony’s comments during an interview with the two leaders in Castries that described St Lucia’s treatment of LIAT as “unfair”.
“A journalist in St. Lucia got Kenny Anthony and I to sit down Friday evening after CARICOM [summit] to interview both of us on LIAT and put him on the spot.
“She really put him on the spot and he said that it is unfair for them to be using LIAT, benefitting all the years and be giving American Airline support and nothing is coming to LIAT,” Gonsalves told reporters.
Last month, the airline lost a 21-year-old aircraft, the oldest of its three Dash-8s in operation, in a major fire at LIAT headquarters. Then on Wednesday, one of its twin-engine aircraft on a flight from St Kitts lost power in one engine before it landed in St Maarten.