Trinidad-based airline could become St. Lucia's national carrier.

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Trinidad-based airline could become St. Lucia's national carrier

Published on Sep 20, 2016, 10:33 pm AST


CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sept 20, CMC – St. Lucia is moving to have the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) as its national carrier, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said.

Speaking at a news conference on the state-owned National Television Network (NTN) on Monday night, Chastanet said that having CAL serve as the national carrier may be the best option for the island given the many issues facing air transport in the region.

“This means that Caribbean Airlines would now be able to fly between St. Lucia and Barbados and Trinidad and even go to Puerto Rico and other places,” he told reporters.

The former tourism minister, a critic of the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT, reiterated early statements that the airline, whose major shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, cannot solve all of the transportation needs of the region.

He said Castries would not provide any financial assistance to the cash-strapped airline until it is restructured.

Prime Minister Chastanet was also critical of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) saying that it has been reluctant to allow other airlines to operate within the sub-region.

“I am convinced that ECCAA cannot be fixed,” Chastanet told television viewers, adding that he would like to move St. Lucia from the Antigua-based ECCAA that was established in 2003.
 

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liat dont like competition because governments have invested so much into the airline. its time for a shake up
 

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Chastanet just being Chastanet.
CAL going to have the same issue as LIAT.
Short haul flights especially in between islands are not efficient.
 
Right now that LIAT situation is extreme, they just need to bin that whole airline. I don't know if CAL is any better, but at least as a temporary measure, All the islands should do this until LIAT either get their act together or a suitable replacement is put in place. Once again Chastenet showing real leadership while the other leaders continue to play politics. Lucia all you have a good leader there.
 

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Fallout? LIAT has shown extreme incompetence since the 80s. All them Prime Miniters allowing them to get away with murder and have been for as long as I can rememeber.
is not a matter of allowing them.

without LIAT there is no inter island travel.

Sanford tried and failed.
Butch tried and failed.

LIAT is only existing because of government subsidies.
It is a technology issue.
 
is not a matter of allowing them.

without LIAT there is no inter island travel.

Sanford tried and failed.
Butch tried and failed.

LIAT is only existing because of government subsidies.
It is a technology issue.
Please elaborate, cause I cannot understand how technology preventing them from providing decent customer service. They cancel your flight, leave down your luggae etc but they more rude than you.

How technology making u book a direct flight - but u have to end up doing an island tour and over nighting (at your own expense) on some random island.

How is technology responsible for constant cancelled flights?

And more importantly, how is it that in 30 odd years, LIAT cannot make the technological advances needed to provide a decent service?

As I say, put CAL on and force LIAT to fix up dere Moda C***
 

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Please elaborate, cause I cannot understand how technology preventing them from providing decent customer service. They cancel your flight, leave down your luggae etc but they more rude than you.

How technology making u book a direct flight - but u have to end up doing an island tour and over nighting (at your own expense) on some random island.

How is technology responsible for constant cancelled flights?

And more importantly, how is it that in 30 odd years, LIAT cannot make the technological advances needed to provide a decent service?

As I say, put CAL on and force LIAT to fix up dere Moda C***
each time LIAT touches an Island, and you walk out, and walk on to the flight, the country collects taxes. LIAT is not money generating franchise because of the technology restrictions. So the countries who are shareholders, have used LIAT passengers as way to gain some revenue.
 
each time LIAT touches an Island, and you walk out, and walk on to the flight, the country collects taxes. LIAT is not money generating franchise because of the technology restrictions. So the countries who are shareholders, have used LIAT passengers as way to gain some revenue.
Are you saying that the tax collection is exclusive to LIAT passengers?

CAL, Ferry, Seaborne etc passengers get tax free travel?

cause if passengers pay tax regardless of which airline they use...

Put CAL in and force LIAT to fix dere Moda C***.

And please elaborate on what exactly those technological restrictions are.

I'm really struggling to understand how any Caribbean person with a fully functioning brain would defend an incompetent airline like LIAT!
 

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Are you saying that the tax collection is exclusive to LIAT passengers?

CAL, Ferry, Seaborne etc passengers get tax free travel?

cause if passengers pay tax regardless of which airline they use...

Put CAL in and force LIAT to fix dere Moda C***.

And please elaborate on what exactly those technological restrictions are.

I'm really struggling to understand how any Caribbean person with a fully functioning brain would defend an incompetent airline like LIAT!
No I am saying LIAT makes more stops to pay taxes.
 
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