Dominica government remains committed to becoming shareholders in LIAT

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first_imgPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)The government of Dominica has announced its commitment to becoming shareholders in the regional air carrier, Leeward Islands Air Transportation (LIAT).Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed on Wednesday that Dominica has been given the green light to own shares in the airline and finalization of arrangements will take place in 2012, dismissing allegations that no discussions has been held with shareholders of LIAT in Dominica’s interest. “The government of Dominica remains committed to becoming a shareholder in LIAT. I’ve heard people say that we’ve not been keeping our promises; that’s not true at all. This matter has been discussed with the shareholder governments, shareholder prime ministers they have in fact given their okay for Dominica to become a shareholder. We need to formalize this arrangement in 2012 as we indicated, but we believe that it is an important strategic move by the government of Dominica to become a shareholder of LIAT.”The prime minister also stated that while some people criticize LIAT, the airline provides an essential service to the Dominican people and the economy.“One can criticize LIAT as often as you wish but one cannot set aside the importance of the service which LIAT provides to Dominica and the importance of LIAT’s service to Dominicans and the economy of Dominica because LIAT is the carrier that brings in the most passengers into the country.”Hon. Hector John. (file photo)Mr Skerrit further noted that the government is not in the business of subsidizing airlines or paying for empty seats, which is an option available to them.However, “to avoid us having to subsidize or to pay for empty seats for any airlines in the future and present, that the best way towards implementing our strategic perspective is to become shareholders of LIAT once again. One must not forget that we used to be shareholders in LIAT until the new LIAT came about,” he said.Meantime leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John called on the government earlier this month to reconsider its decision in light of recent issues affecting the airline.John argues that based on the financial difficulties which the airline is faced with it might be best if the government re-evaluates their decision for Dominica to own shares in the company. “We heard that the prime minister is making moves to see how Dominica can become a member of LIAT and right now we are hearing that the airline is in some serious financial difficulties. I would advise the PM to hold on a while, re-evaluate the situation and see if it’s in the country’s best interest,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Dominica government remains committed to becoming shareholders in LIAT by: – December 15, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img

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