Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Wednesday that a recent strike by LIAT pilots will not change Dominica’s decision to become a shareholder of the regional airline.
The arrangements will be formalized in 2012 and the move is a strategic one, Skerrit said.
“We believe that this situation which is confronting LIAT, in respect to the absence of the pilots, is even more reason to maintain our resolve to become shareholders of LIAT,” the Prime Minister pointed out.
He has described the carrier as very important to Dominica and nationals must recognize its contribution. “One cannot set aside the importance of the service which LIAT provides to Dominica. LIAT is the carrier that brings in the most passengers into the country,” Skerrit said.
As a shareholder of LIAT, Dominica will have some involvement in decision-making processes regarding the company. “If we have to play our part in securing the service of LIAT to Dominica, we have to become shareholders to sit around the table of decision-making,” the Prime Minister expounded.
He said it is on those grounds that Dominicans should welcome the decision that Dominica will become a shareholder of LIAT in 2012.