Caricom heads to discuss proposal for 50% reduction in regional air travel taxes


Antigua and Barbuda is to table a proposal Friday urging regional governments to support an initiative to significantly reduce air transport taxes in a bid to encourage intra-regional travel as the threat from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic declines.

Caricom leaders who are members of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) are due to meet later on Friday. A statement issued following the weekly Cabinet meeting in Antigua said that Prime Minister Gaston Browne will outline the proposal to his regional colleagues.


Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has lead responsibility for CSME, will chair the meeting. The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services within the region.


“The prime minister, with Cabinet’s support, has proposed to his Caricom counterparts the reduction by 50 per cent of regional air transport taxes, in order to encourage regional travel, as the threat from COVID-19 declines,” said the statement.


“Travel within the Caribbean is the third largest source of income by airports, but COVID-19 has decimated this sector. The issue is how to revive this important sub-sector,” the statements added.


Information Minister, Melford Nicholas, told reporters that Prime Minister Browne, who is expected to assume the chairmanship of the regional integration movement at the net summit to be held in early July, will submit the proposal.


“Obviously the prime minister will put forward, the regime we have put in place in terms of lowering taxes and I think this will augur well for a return to increased travel amongst our Caribbean populations.

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  1. No talks on how to pay LIAT employees severance? Same employees who served these same Caricom countries and their leaders for decades?? Shame shame on these heartless and gutless leaders who don’t give a damn about their people and their families!!!

  2. All ministers and politicians need to pay their fare share of taxes too and not abuse their positions.

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