LIAT could drop Trinidad & Tobago route


 St Vin­cent and the Grenadines Prime Min­is­ter Dr Ralph Gon­za­lves has hint­ed that Lee­ward Is­lands Air Trans­port (LI­AT) could drop Trinidad and To­ba­go from its sched­ule of routes as the air­line seeks to re­struc­ture amid fi­nan­cial bur­dens.

Gon­za­lves, who is al­so the Cari­com Lead among Heads of Gov­ern­ment for Trans­port (Mar­itime and Avi­a­tion), made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view with WE FM in St Vin­cent and the Grenadines.

LI­AT is cur­rent­ly seek­ing an in­jec­tion of US$5.4 mil­lion to help keep the air­line in the sky and the mat­ter has been tak­en to Cari­com for as­sis­tance. But Gon­za­lves said so far on­ly Grena­da has re­spond­ed pos­i­tive­ly to a Min­i­mum Rev­enue Guar­an­tee (MRG) pro­pos­al. “The oth­er gov­ern­ments of the Caribbean….on­ly Grena­da has said they will come aboard to pro­vide some emer­gency fund­ing and no­body else. Every­body is say­ing they agree the­o­ret­i­cal­ly for a min­i­mum guar­an­tee for the routes but they have not re­spond­ed pos­i­tive­ly, on­ly Grena­da alone,” Gon­za­lves said.(Trinidad Guardian)…[+]