Foreign Affairs Minister EP Chet Greene is questioning why the St. Vincent Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is so keen on collapsing LIAT.
“For the life of me I can’t understand how someone so steeped in Caribbean integration, someone who is knowledgeable about the integration process, would be so moved as to collapse a regional institution in preference for what is clearly a localized arrangement that will benefit a single economy, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” he told a local radio station.
Gonsalves has been actively promoting two St. Vincent Airlines to take over the route that LIAT once dominated. Prime Minister Gaston Browne says both Gonsalves and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley have shut down talks aimed at a new LIAT.
“Yes, nobody wants to hear the sound of the word loss or losses, but when you look at the global trend of the airline industry, since COVID, a number of airlines have folded. I don’t hear of anything being put on the table except narrow island interest where PM Gonsalves is saying he has two airlines – One Caribbean and SVG – which can fill the void left by LIAT,” Greene remarked.
Greene is calling on the Vincentian Prime Minister to reevaluate his position.