Dominica prepared to invest in a new LIAT says Antigua PM Gaston Browne

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given a firm commitment to invest in LIAT 2020 Limited. That’s the word from Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Browne sent a letter to his colleagues last week Thursday, suggesting a replacement for LIAT 1974 Limited which is expected to be liquidated

In fact, he said he plans to move ahead with the creation of the new LIAT if his fellow colleagues do not wish to pursue that option.

“If the majority shareholding group of LIAT is opportunistically, allowed to collapse this regional institution and form a new entity without honoring the institution’s liabilities to creditors; this will be a form of State banditry,” Browne wrote.

He said following the letter, which many criticized as “damning”, Skerrit responded to him favorably.

“I have heard from my dear friend Roosevelt Skerrit from Dominica…In fact he says Dominica is prepared to invest in LIAT if that’s the route we decide to go. This is a position that we welcome. So I can say that Skerrit and I would have held private discussions and he has assured me that on the basis there is a new LIAT that Dominica will invest,” Browne said on Saturday.

Adding, “he said to me you can count on Dominica 100 percent,”.

Browne said there are several other countries already that have indicated their interest to invest. “I don’t want to go as far as calling their names. This is no form of trickery, it is a matter of fact,” he added.

Meantime, Browne stated in his letter, that legal action to stop the liquidation should not be ruled out and he urged shareholders and creditors to push for a reorganization of LIAT.

“All shareholder governments should write off landing and other fees owed to them and the staff and other creditors should take a haircut to facilitate the reorganization of LIAT. If a bloated inefficient LIAT could have made a small loss of US$12 million last year, it stands to reason that a lean reorganized LIAT could make a profit,” Browne wrote.

Dr. Ralph Gonslaves, LIAT’s incoming Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines which is one of the company’s major shareholders, has said that six airlines have expressed interest to serve the gap that could be left in the wake of LIAT’s current challenges.

They include SVG Air, One Caribbean, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), interCaribbean Airlines, Silver Airways and Air Antilles.

Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, also confirmed that several airlines have come forward since announcements were made about LIAT’s demise.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that the government and people of Dominica stand ready to support any entity that is to take over the operations of LIAT.

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33 Comments

  1. Iyou
    July 7, 2020

    Do not forget there are many chinese who have made dominica their place of residence. based of global events what i see as the most likely outcome for air travel in dominica is china building an airport. at this period in human history when technology is king what can dominica do. 18-20yrs and still no international airport so why should it change…when the whole world is under the spell of demonic forces. one cannot be a ruler of any country now without bowing to those who are the masters of death. there will be BIG trouble ahead so prepare..

  2. Iyou
    July 7, 2020

    Do not forget there are many chinese who have made dominica their place of residence. based of global events what i see as the most likely outcome for air travel in dominica is china building an airport. at this period in human history when technology is king what can dominica do. 18-20yrs and still no international airport so why should it change not when the whole world is under the spell of demonic forces. you cannot ve a ruler of any country now without bowing to those who are the masters of death. there will be BIG trouble ahead so prepare..

  3. I Love My PM
    July 7, 2020

    I love my PM like pig love mud.

    We getting our new airline LEE ART 2020 LIMIT IT

    And

    Our INN TAR NATION All EAR PORT

    So i love my PM cum what may… I will be flying in style… STAYCATION Style

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • 72nations72elements
      July 7, 2020

      Flying in style? Same plane same nonsense. Only thing is you might get a packet of peanuts in the first 6 months of operation. ….. So i change the company from liat 1979 to liat 2020 and you think is bells and whistles? When Marpin had change their name to Marpin 2k4 what changed? apart form the shareholders? NOTHING. So go ahead and love your commander in thief. ….like you lack common sense and maybe even reasoning capabilities. Just remember, he is obligated to serve. is not no favor. Also, who did he consult about investing DOMINICA’s money in a failed company? Again these people do not consult the people who they represent in the absolut nonsense they does be doing. We does just hear they doing thing and we does just have to accept it like slaves. i tired with that.

    • grammar and spelling
      July 7, 2020

      Now he asking for 32,000 of the tax payers money to pay his rent. Where he getting more millions to put in liat? meanwhile we have things that need to fix here and implement.

  4. pureblackmagic
    July 7, 2020

    If anyone could take a few minutes to scroll down through the events making news on DNO where they are handing a black plastic bag to a Dominica citizen in need, then ask yourself who is really going to benefit from this invest IN LIAT
    I BELIEVE YOU ALREADY HAS THE ANSWER

  5. Stranded Dominican in Antigua
    July 6, 2020

    Really?? I have said it once and I’ll come say it again! It is time to let go of Liat! How many time should have Liat reported Bankruptcy?? What’s are they even doing with the money?? This is a serious time and one people need to return home. Invest once a new or better Airline and let Liat be!! 1974 to 2020 and little to box improvement! Smh

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 6, 2020

    Gaston, you are just another pathetic compulsive crooked corrupted crook as Roosevelt Skerrit!

    Last week we heard of the many airlines you all have to take over LIAT routes.

    All of the airlines named still on DNO.

    Today, you come with that lie, that Dominica will invest in some new LIAT!

    Are you doing some maintenance repair, or salvaging the decaying aircraft’s?

    You Gaston, and Ralph Gonzales are aiding and abating Roosevelt in the destruction of our country.

    While Antigua, Barbados, and St. Vincent are far more developed than Dominica, you Gaston, and that disoriented Mia of Barbados, and the alleged pedophile St. Vincent criminal uses Roosevelt to prop up LIAT for the benefits of workers in Antigua, Barbados, and St. Vincent.

    Roosevelt; however does not have enough sense to see what you all are doing to our nation.

    To be ignorant, and to be damn stupid are two different situation altogether.

    Smart people always takes advantage of idiots in their path…

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    • Discombobulated
      July 8, 2020

      Bro, you really need to stop ranting on here. I know it’s therapeutic for you but it’s unhealthy. You seem like a super angry person. There are never one liners from you, and you’re consistently in anger. You should get that checked out. I read your comments all the time and it the first time in years I have commented on a story. This one feels a bit important as it related to Liat. Take a breather brother and remember at the end of the day we are all Dominicans and want the best for Dominica regardless of how we go about it. People can agree to disagree without being angry or flinging insults and name calling. Few years ago you mentioned that you’re very well educated and I do not doubt it. Unfortunately you are doing yourself a disservice commenting in the way you do.

  7. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    July 6, 2020

    Yours truly the illustrious Prime Minister wants to pull a con job on the Dominican people again. He wants to use other people money to enrich himself some more, this airline needs to be abolished and started over with a new name by people who know how to manage money.

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  8. TWO of A kind
    July 6, 2020

    Skerrit looking for a legal way to pocket a few millions. WHO would even trust a LIAT or any company that Skerrit and Gaston Browne are part of? These are by far the most corrupt leaders in the world today

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  9. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 6, 2020

    @Discombobulated, having an international airport doesn’t automatically mean that there will be sufficient passenger volume to encourage airlines to come to the country. Dominica has always been unprofitable. Also Dominica invested in a failing airline which after it’s liabilities are satisfied, means that Dominica won’t get the $8 million it invested. In addition to build an internal airport will take hundreds of millions of dollars.

  10. LaPlaine Observer
    July 6, 2020

    One have to wonder why the two most corrupt Caribbean leaders are at the forefront of reestablishing Liat.
    Strangely, it’s these two leaders that are unable to give any type of assistance to their citizens during the COVID-19.

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  11. Maybe
    July 6, 2020

    I stop traveling on liat over 15 yrs ago so for me liat sink 15 years ago skerrit why cremenate hard working
    Dominicans money into liat my only advise to you now if you don’t have money to build an international airport extend on the run way at Marigot

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  12. Batibou River
    July 6, 2020

    Of course, your friend Roosevelt Skerrit would invest in another daft venture, after all Dominica has plenty of money! Perhaps not for the poor citizens but for the PMs vanity projects and ‘under the radar’ schemes. Recently he ‘invested’ 8 million in Liat. What has he got to show for it?

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  13. Malick
    July 6, 2020

    This is rather as strange twist of events. Isn’t this something the require the involvement of Dominicans on a whole. This should be discussed on a parliamentary level.

    You are committing Dominicans to invest in a venture before even knowing the plan of the business.
    Mr.Prime Minister…let us have a discussion on this before you spend out our money.

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  14. Discombobulated
    July 6, 2020

    Well I guess the view Is that we need something so we have no choice. My preferred option would be to allow Liat to be liquidated and whatever investment we would’ve made in it, use that to invest in an airport instead. If we have an international airport population numbers will increase. Liat is banking on islands like Dominica to fund their pointless extravaganza. Beating a dead horse is pointless. We need an airport and in the case of Liat, if they are no longer in existence, that will create a vacuum that I am certain a new airline will invest in. Dominica have to agree that we have to feel some pain before we get better. With Covid around it’s an opportunity to invest in us while tourism numbers are low and will have a lower impact on the revenue generated by tourists. Build a new airport and speak to international carriers.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      July 6, 2020

      @Discombobulated, having an international airport doesn’t automatically mean that there will be sufficient passenger volume to encourage airlines to come to the country. Dominica has always been unprofitable. Also Dominica invested in a failing airline which after it’s liabilities are satisfied, means that Dominica won’t get the $8 million it invested. In addition to build an internal airport will take hundreds of millions of dollars.

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      • Discombobulated
        July 8, 2020

        Investments is risk taking. We have been investing in Liat for 60+ years and have been told to take what we get. I think we have given them ample opportunity to improve. The world has moved to a more climate friendly approach, including holidaymakers. I am sure we can market Dominica good enough to get tourists to visit. If St Lucia can Be successful at it, why can’t we? I know bajans who are in shock that Dominica cannot market its potential. We have a lot more to offer than most islandS in the Caribbean. The issue is not getting people to come, it is around our culture and professionalism. Customer service, site development for easy access and strictness of business need massive improvements. Additionally, we need to have safe roads (especially the bikes on roads) and reduced crime. Dominica has a lot more to offer than people Like to acknowledge.

  15. jamie
    July 6, 2020

    MORE Waste from an incompetent leader.

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  16. Galileo
    July 5, 2020

    I am not sure if there is any wisdom in making such an investment. Evidently this airline by its history of operation is doomed to fail if major changes are not made in management and the way in which the airline operates. Mr Skerrit leave LIAT to private sector. Let government focus on matters of state.

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  17. Ask Reggie
    July 5, 2020

    Dominica ready to invest? Maybe Skerrit though Montreal Management Company, or Mercury Properties? Where Dominica taking money? Is Montreal company / Mercury Properties that holding the purse. Skerrit never discussed that with Dominicans and I bet he and Mercury company have discussed it at length and breath.

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  18. Ask Mel
    July 5, 2020

    Mr Brown Skerrit you dealing with? You don’t know what Skerrit tells you in your face is completely different from what he will tell another friend when he is with them? As promised, here is Hon. Ian Douglas to help you understand the person called PM Roosevelt Skerrit because Ian knows him better than most people.
    https://youtu.be/Jka__EE-a64

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  19. Jacob and Esau
    July 5, 2020

    Look Jacob going to trick Esau again for a bowl of soup. Gaston Brown knows how Ralph Gonzales tricked Skerrit and took our international airport from us; he saw how Mia Motley tricked him and took Ross University from him, he knows how Skerrit was tricked and paid between $8-11 million to bail out Liat a few years ago so Gaston Brown decides now is his turn to fool the intelligent Skerrit, since his back is against the wall and unlike Antigua and other CARICOM colleagues that have other means for people to come by in and go out, Skerrit has no means like Esau that was hungry and was ready to give his birthright for a bowl of soup! No wonder Skerrit tells Dominicans he is ready to accept anything the smarter leaders give him because beggars are no choosers. St Vincent can offer SVG air, Barbados can make some offers, Guadeloupe can offer Air Antilles but Skerrit has nothing to offer except that he is on bended knees to accept anything they can do to help him. How shameful!

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  20. Truth be Told
    July 5, 2020

    Dominica Labour party and Antigua Labour party now playing politics with LIAT and CARICOM! The blind leading the blind to the edge of the cliff!

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  21. Shaka zulu
    July 5, 2020

    Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given a firm commitment to invest in LIAT 2020 Limited. That’s the word from Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

    Has anyone in Dominica heard this from Skerrit. Why do always hear the intentions of the prime minister of Dominica from some source outside?

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  22. Ibo France
    July 5, 2020

    It is said that a cat has nine lives. LIAT was given more lives than this proverbial cat but yet it failed every time. Mr. Browne, it’s over for LIAT. To invest more millions in this failed business entity, is like throwing money into a furnace. It is simply delusional to even think that one can give life to this dead horse.

    Skerrit has said nothing to the Dominican people about investing millions of their money in a revived LIAT. This he plans on doing while thousands of Dominicans CANNOT afford the basic necessities of life – food and shelter. He is hell bent on appeasing his bosom friend, Gaston, at the expense of his fellow starving countrymen.

    These two professional bandits are a liability and a disgrace to their countries and the Caribbean region. Like LIAT, they need to be liquidated.

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  23. derp
    July 5, 2020

    Dapway Liat and their government subsidized monopoly look other airlines want to fill the void

  24. Air Skerrit
    July 5, 2020

    Mr. Brown Skerrit is ready to dump money in anything at this time whether it’s in the old list, the new list, air Saint Vincent or just about anything even if it is a private company like the one he said Dominica will be paying $32k month to on his behalf. Skerrit is a hopeless guy with no vision and does not care how much it costs taxpayers as long as he benefits from it. Look, the man announced airport will be opened on July 15, but without LIAT and win air, getting to Dominica from Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, Grenada, St Vincent or anywhere is going to be as difficult as taking an Algebra test, since Skerrit has done nothing the last 20 years to increase or improve air access to Dominica. In fact it was more beneficial to him to see Sam Raphael plane fail so he could turn him into a passport dealer .

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  25. MR DOMINICA
    July 5, 2020

    MR Brown states that Dominica’s prime minister wants to invest in a new liat ,how much profit did Dominica in its constantly begging benefit from the 8 millions thrown in to save the financialy sinking airline?.I see this as a waist of taxpayers money and the islands should all agree to have airlines like seaborne/ silver and or other airlines take over the routes and this should be arranged by all the islands served by liat including those with international airports including Antigua which seems to be concerned about losing revenue

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  26. Pipo
    July 5, 2020

    As a Dominican I am concerned that our meagre resources are invested in an airline that has little chance of surviving. That is my honest opinion.It ould cost us a lot of money for little return except perhaps for these new hotels developments, which already have long tax free holidays, exemptions from import duty and can send their profits abroad with no restriction. To ask us to subsidise air access on top as well I think is wrong and not a good deal for native Dominicans.

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  27. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 5, 2020

    Dominica has little choice than to invest in the new LIAT because of the push by Skerritt to develop hotels over agriculture. Without easy and reliable access, the Skerritt vision will be little more than white elephants operating at less than optimal capacity. Skerritt has in the past lied to the citizens about so many plans for an international airport, none of which can bear fruit in the short term. In the meantime, Dominicans will be left without easy access to the International community. If it was easy to bring competition to LIAT in the past, that would have been done, but many others have come and gone, including American Airlines. The suggestion by Gonzalves of multiple airlines is not a reliable compromise in and of itself, but adding the new LIAT in the mix can give a measure of confidence going forward. Dominica should also seriously explore setting up its own airline to increase accessibility via Martinique and or Guadeloupe. Whatever is done needs to be done fast.

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  28. July 5, 2020

    LIAT AGAIN? What’s the difference from 1974 and 2020? I doubt there’s any. Oh, I didn’t read the article. The word LIAT is all I needed to see. I hope no more Island hopping to get to and from home.

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