June 17, 2018
Hon Prime Minister, Ms. Mia Mottley.
Office of the Prime Minister,
Dear Prime Minister Mottley,
Please accept my sincere congratulations on your Party’s spectacular election win, and your
assuming the Office of Prime Minister of Barbados.
I am soliciting your favour and support in relation to the current move in our region to breathe
new life into LIAT our Caribbean Airline. As you know, LIAT has faced various operational
challenges over the years and both its shareholders and management have sought ways to
make the airline better able to fulfil the purpose for which it was created of providing a first
class, efficient and cost effective service connecting the sub-regional island with each other
and with the world beyond.
An opportunity now exists for LIAT to consolidate all its central administrative functions in
one location, where it would also provide world-class MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul)
and catering facilities, while creating other revenue streams from these very facilities.
There is presently a spacious and well-appointed property at the eastern end of Runway 10
of the V.C.Bird International Airport in Antigua, with just those facilities. Its acquisition would
put LIAT in a position to convert a huge overhead expense (aircraft maintenance) into a
revenue source through its increased capacity do develop its MRO (Maintenance, Repair,
Overhaul) facilities. It would be able to do the same with the other major areas of its
operational coast, administration and catering, turning these not only to enhanced facilities
for satisfying its own needs but also those of a wider market. It is a synergy designed to
propel LIAT into genuine financial sustainability.
The property, developed by former owner Stanford Development Company, is Parcel 118, a
19.61 acres site at the eastern end of the airport. It already contains are 3 hangars, the
largest of which could easily accommodate LIAT’s immediate maintenance requirements, as
well as also providing the basis for a future MRO. The setting itself, beautifully and
professionally landscaped with offices provides ample conferencing and events facilities.
There is also in addition, a boutique al fresco restaurant, set on a 6000 square ft. area could
not only serve all of LIAT’s current and future needs, but could help make it competitive in
offering catering facilities to airlines and/or to the corporate aviation market.
The present offer, in my opinion, presents a clear opportunity to take LIAT from crisis to
recovery in a benign circle of sustainable growth where the acquisition of a home base
complex generates income to finance greater efficiency and reliability to the general
satisfaction of customers, employees and shareholders. The LIAT offer is being prepared for
discussion at the Board level for presentation to the shareholders, where I trust you will
support the effort of Private sector involvement.
Lester B. Bird
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