Arthur's chairmanship is among several changes being made to LIAT, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who said other changes would include the implementation of a proper reservations system and employee-hiring control.
“I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” Browne said, recounting how Arthur had invested in the “survivability” of the airline during his tenure as prime minister of Barbados. He said now that LIAT is at a crossroad again, he thinks Arthur is “the right person to help to lead LIAT out of its difficulties”.
The announcement came a few weeks after Browne said that he met with the head of LIAT’s largest shareholder government, Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley and the chairman of LIAT’s shareholder governments, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves to reach a consensus on the way forward for the failing airline.
As for addressing other matters such as the cost of travel, Browne explained that while there may be room for a reduction in airport taxes, it must take place incrementally.
On the question of pumping further funds into the company, Prime Minister Browne said the shareholders are hoping to invest some US$20 to $30 million dollars in LIAT.
He urged the carrier’s employees to play their part to ensure the sustainability of the airline.
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