The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has defended its decision to invest in regional airline LIAT.
Governor General Sir Rodney Williams told the Throne Speech yesterday that several international carriers have expressed an interest in a hub and spoke arrangement with our regional air carrier LIAT.
“My Government is absolutely determined to ensure that LIAT survives the Covid-19 Pandemic.
LIAT will also overcome the additional challenges which it faced before Covid, and Antigua and Barbuda will make sure that LIAT returns permanently to the skies, and that its headquarters remain here. These are fitting ambitions.
The regional airline that—for more than six decades—has provided the connectivity which the Eastern Caribbean countries require, cannot be allowed to die.
LIAT is a CARICOM institution; it requires the support of all countries it serves, utilizing a minimum-revenue-guarantee scheme similar to that from which several non-regional carriers benefit. LIAT will be reorganized and made profitable,” he said.