Caribbean Airlines and LIAT (1974) LTD agree to talks on closer cooperation

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, January 20, 2010 – On Saturday 16th January 2010 the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, the Hon. David Thompson and Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, respectively, countries which are the major shareholders of LIAT (1974) Ltd, met at the Barbados Hilton Hotel with the LIAT Chairman, Jean Holder, other directors of the Board, the Acting Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Brian Challenger and members of the Executive management staff, at their regular quarterly meetings held to review the airline’s performance.

The opportunity was taken to hold discussions with Mr. Arthur Lok Jack, chairman of Caribbean Airlines, (CAL), the national carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, who attended at the invitation of the Prime Ministers to discuss the need for closer cooperation between CAL and LIAT. Mr. Lok Jack’s four man delegation included Captain Ian Brunton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAL.

The discussions centred around the critical role of air transportation services in the socio-economic development of the region, in particular the Commonwealth Caribbean, and the need to improve communications both between Caribbean states and with the wider world with which they do business.

The discussions which were chaired by Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister with lead responsibility in CARICOM for air transportation, were frank, cordial and productive and ended with agreement between the parties to put measures in place immediately for further direct discussions between the management of CAL and LIAT.

The focus of the planned meetings will be to explore the nature and extent of LIAT and CAL cooperation in the best interests of the Caribbean region.
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7 Comments

  1. passenger
    January 24, 2010

    In response to the above, my family and I have been supporters of LIAT ever since, so when LIAT hurts we hurt, I have some good friends there and I know their plight and the hardships that they go through having to deal with soo much as a regional carrier so , I’m just giving them hope and pray that everything will go well in the future with them.

  2. to passenger
    January 23, 2010

    lol u are maybe a staff or some top personel at LIAT
    or as u say your friends at LIAT so they u get VIP treatment
    U alone have the good things to say about LIAT lol

  3. just a thought
    January 22, 2010

    Yeah caribbean airlines and Liat should work together or as an athiliate of the other…. I travel alot and Caribbean airlines flies from NY JFK to Trinidad at a price competitive with that of American airlines, however CAL doesn’t go to Dominica, doesn’t go to a few most northerly islands… and I think if they did that would limit the number of connections and lay over times. The region should have airline flying to all caribbean destinations with flights to Britain, JFK,CANada, Florida, Texas, Newark etc etc Make it work the caribbean community as a whole could be a dynamic economic force

  4. ha ha
    January 22, 2010

    The should work first to get passengers to their destination in time or maybe 3 hours late but not until the next day without little or no accommodation
    liat is sickening we have to use their service because we have no other choice so they will say
    take it or leave it
    so we must take what the give us

  5. $uper$aver
    January 21, 2010

    well i hope this togetherness will make liat better because they need it …..OR on the other hand? WHO CARES!

  6. Joker
    January 21, 2010

    It was about time ! Really hope it works out

  7. Passenger
    January 21, 2010

    It’s time for both Airlines to merge or work together, there is no space for competition in the region Good jod LIAT and CAL, always love you guys especially for my friends at LIAT, STAY STRONG.

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