Prime Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne, has called on his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues to ‘step up to the plate’ and to contribute towards the continued operations of LIAT.
Speaking at the CARICOM 28th Intercessional Meeting in Guyana on Thursday, PM Browne noted that the Antigua-based regional airline is a ‘very important institution’ that is critical to the integration movement.
He said LIAT must be operated on the basis of ‘shared benefits and shared burden’ as he urged his colleagues to contribute to the upkeep of the airline.
“Some countries continue to make excuses as to why they should not share in the burden of LIAT. Any number of us can find excuses as to why we do not wish to support LIAT. However, we have to consider that LIAT is a very important institution to the integration movement,” he emphasized.
Noting that the airline is reported to have moved one million passengers last year, the prime minister said LIAT is in his view ‘the most important’ institution within CARICOM as moving people is a critical activity.
He therefore called on his colleague heads of government to become active participants by contributing financially to ensure the viability and to maintain the stability of the airline.