LIAT CEO Ian Brunton calls it quits

CEO of LIAT Ian Brunton
CEO of LIAT Ian Brunton

LIAT Chief Executive Officer Ian Brunton has handed in his resignation from the embattled and cash strapped airline after what in his own words was a “disastrous summer” for the Antigua based carrier.

OBSERVER media was yesterday unable to reach Brunton, who is yet to speak publicly on his decision, but Prime Minister of shareholder St Vincent & the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, confirmed the news.

“I have been advised that he has given notice because under the contract I think he has to give three months notice,” Gonsalves said.


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  1. gratel
    September 17, 2013

    dominica is a shareholder but has not controlling right this waste of 8 millions who are pm financial advisors that poor investments what are return…

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2013

    dominica is a shareholder but has not controlling right this waste of 8 millions who are pm financial advisors that poor investments what are return…

  3. Joe
    September 16, 2013

    I must commend Gregor Nassief for his efforts, and at the same time persuade him to address Domlec with the same vigor and passion as he did with…

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 16, 2013

    One down. Many more to go.

  5. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 16, 2013

    We’ve only just begun. Many more heads need to roll.

  6. Jenny James
    September 16, 2013

    They are feeling the pressures..Lets hope for some positive changes!!!..

  7. derp
    September 16, 2013

    wth my comment still waiting for moderation since this morning… I was the first commentor and also on another article the one with lime unlimted…

    • Jazzy Jeff
      September 17, 2013

      simple u not a blue millie bug……..thats why

  8. U.S
    September 16, 2013

    $1700. for a ticket to Da for the creole fest.Less than $500. to go to St.Lucia! In this hard economic times, where would a tourist go? Can some tell me why DLP and its supporters are not in favour of and international airport??

    • Too Hard Too Long
      September 16, 2013

      I think we need to market Dominica as a hidden island paradise – difficult to get there and if you succeed you will never forget it.

      • Ras InI
        September 16, 2013

        Yes I…… Lol

  9. Sout' Rebel
    September 16, 2013

    No one can fix Liat in its present state.The. Business model is not viable.

  10. Psychic
    September 16, 2013

    I saw this coming months ago. I believe that Mr. Brunton was strategically placed in LIAT to spearhead the ill-advised re-fleeting exercise.

    It was doomed to fail from the beginning. Eventually Caribbean Airlines will swoop in and by off LIAT and all of its route rights under some CARICOM arrangement.

    Then we shall see the formation of ONE Caribbean airline flying the Trinidadian flag. That airline , like CAL will enjoy fuel subsidies and contributions not only from oil rich Trinidad but also from the other members of CARICOM who are and will remain dependant of crucial inter – regional airlift.

    Just wait and see.

  11. goodnews
    September 16, 2013

    The only logical thing to do. BUT, more needs to follow, Liat has been in this “situation”for far too long. The all the other’ Executives’ need to GO!!!!

    Especially that RATCHETT from that “challenge” Video.

    BTW yáll Best get ayo act together for October cause if someone think that I not making it to Dominica as ticketed yáll best come good. BEST BELEE DA!!!!

  12. Porpos
    September 16, 2013

    Thank you Mr Nassief as least someone can make Liat budge. The last letter was the best, exposed Liat to the max guess Mr Brunton could not face it, what a shame of Liat after 54years of existence. Mr Brunton you may have over 50years as a pilot under your belt but giving the orders yourself is a different matter. Cannot blame him alone, the board should also take the blame because they call the shots. Do they have any forsight to do that shift in the summer when everyone is travelling.

  13. Me again
    September 16, 2013

    Embattled Airline??? And Dominica has millions invested in LIAT? WAW!!!! So what’s next?

  14. Nomination committe
    September 16, 2013

    Dno it is interesting how long you kept the UWP Rally news item in the first spot and in less than 24 hours you move the number one current issue to second place. How ironic?

  15. dr who
    September 16, 2013

    replace the entire board!!!!

  16. beholder
    September 16, 2013

    It would behoove the shareholder nations to propose a new slate of board members and a new chairman as well. There must be a way to make this airline work for the Caribbean islands it serves.

  17. dee
    September 16, 2013

    lol :lol: now what’s next?

    • September 16, 2013

      Let’s ask Nassif and ask if he is going to try to get on the LIAT board it wouldnt surprised any one if he does .

      • SMH
        September 18, 2013

        He is a smart business man it would be good for the board.

  18. Anonymous
    September 16, 2013

    so who do i address my letter of complaint too?

  19. kee
    September 16, 2013

    jumping ship before it sinks i see.

    • trolol
      September 16, 2013

      The wise thing to do sir/madam.

  20. Listening!!!
    September 16, 2013

    Mr. Ian Burton is too new to THE POSITION to be the problem at LIAT. So I hope he will not be used as the fall guy while rest of executive like the Chairman who had been in position for years crippling economically viability of the airline remains.

    More Heads Must Role!

  21. Am straight......!
    September 16, 2013

    Thats an honorable thing to do sir! You roll your own head seeing that things are really bad, lets see who else will roll to give way to better and more competent people to really manage LIAT for customers/travellers and not for their pockets and wallets. Good move….now go and enjoy your retirement while you can sir….

  22. Not a herd follower
    September 16, 2013

    Good. The Board must be replaced as well. The executive and Board have shown themselves woefully inadequate to manage LIAT business.

  23. west coast
    September 16, 2013

    Took long in coming but he did the right thing..

    Down the line it will be proven that the move towards the ATR will be liat’s biggest nightmare..

    only time will tell…

  24. Doc. Love
    September 16, 2013

    Exellent job Mr. Nassief.

    • Doc. Love
      September 16, 2013

      I wish to nominate you for President.

  25. Free
    September 16, 2013

    Ki sa?!

  26. Anonymous
    September 16, 2013

    wow. one gone. others to go

  27. Victory
    September 16, 2013

    Finally some good news from LIAT!!!!!!

  28. Molly
    September 16, 2013

    The woman who challenged Branson to a race on Necker island need to resign to

  29. NJ
    September 16, 2013


  30. cow jump over d moon
    September 16, 2013

    The Position will be filled by a beloved Dominican who invested / wasted plenty money on the company. Off course we talking about Pm. and minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit. I guess he will create another cabinet position and call it “Aviation minister” so he could get money from left, right, center?

  31. D/can to De Bone (F)
    September 16, 2013

    Good news, Jean Holder needs to go also.

  32. Britbob
    September 16, 2013

    My goodness … LIAT’s performance under Brunton was woeful , and honourable man that he is , he took personal responsibility for it. I wish him best of luck in the future. This decision reflects positively on him. Now for the difficult bit … how to make LIAT more punctual, more reliable, more affordable and more customer oriented . The board need to think this through carefully and transparently before appointing Brunton’s replacement. They will not get a second chance.

    • Truth to Power
      September 16, 2013

      I wish to appoint Mr. Gregor Nassief

  33. Jay
    September 16, 2013

    Good pilots do not necessarily good managers! Although mr. Brubnton may have been frustrated in attempting to turn LIAT around he did accept that resposnibility when he accepted the job last year.

  34. Shameless
    September 16, 2013

    Good riddance to Ian Burton. He should have been fired instead of being allowed to quit. But “Change Must Come” and that includes at LIAT.

    Assertive NOT Agressive!

    • Too Hard Too Long
      September 16, 2013

      Ian Brunton, BRUNTON

  35. September 16, 2013

    Good riddance. Put in someone who treats customers fairly and LIAT can rebound.

  36. TJ
    September 16, 2013

    That’s a start.

  37. Dominica
    September 16, 2013

    Its about time and thank you very much.Good redance

  38. September 16, 2013

    A person who read about our problems with LIAT sent this e-mail and gave me permission to sent it in for posting:
    “Thanks for sharing your letter thru DNO regarding LIAT mistreatment of passengers and missed flights. I recalled your names from searching Calabishie hotels. My LIAT experience in early 1970s was a mess back then so service has not improved.

    My first visit to Dominica in 2012 was from JFK via AA then American Eagle; flights delightful, on time no stress. Now Seaborne connection leaves SJU one hour after AA arrival from JFK meaning overnite needed. For some reason travel websites do not give other options from JFK to DOM but I found good flights using JetBlue then connecting to Seaborne (separate booking). Getting to Dominica will always be an adventure until something positive happens with flight schedules (and pricing).”


  39. derp
    September 16, 2013

    ty, Mr. Nassif :twisted:

  40. budman
    September 16, 2013

    well he did the honourable thing and stepped down. wished our politicians would do the same when they mess up.

  41. Gwatelle
    September 16, 2013

    the 1st head to roll! I feel like Herodias this morning!

    Let’s go Nassief!

    Heads must roll in Dominica too

  42. Faceup
    September 16, 2013

    He did not leave, he got FIRED ! :lol:

  43. Pedro
    September 16, 2013

    I wish he was fired instead! But still a victory for our Caribbean people! Yeahhhhhhh!!

  44. Anonymous
    September 16, 2013

    Gregor Nassief should apply for the job. Considering he sees all the things that are wrong, one would think he has the solutions to those problems.

  45. grell
    September 16, 2013

    about time heads start to roll,again liat needs a new hub antigua is a curse.

  46. Da massive
    September 16, 2013

    You want Liat to be a better airline? Remove it from the hands of the politicians. Ralph Gonsalves cannot even run his country but he is calling the shuts when it comes to liat. I am 43 years years old and i have been hearing about liat negative press since i was a kid. Unless liat gets competition this will never stop. Caribbean Star was liat biggest treat the govt of St Vincent and the opposition of Antigua did everything in their power to see that airline fail. Now they are after Red Jet.

  47. Alexy
    September 16, 2013

    Was about time!!! Just collecting huge salaries for nothing!!!

  48. PetProjects
    September 16, 2013

    One down a few more to go…….. 8)

    September 16, 2013


    Let’s not be too quick to cast BLAME on Mr.Brunton.

    After all he only started in August 2012. Only he knows what troubles he was up against.

    No one knows what he might have proposed to the board/share holder governments. His proposals could have very well been REJECTED!!!

    It would have been good to hear his side of the story.

    What really happened behind the “close door” meetings with the governments.

    We don’t know what happen. I believe after being one year on a job we can’t blame one person for a company’s misery.

    Remember LIAT had major problems BEFORE Mr.Brunton took over.

    Let’s see what happened next!!


  50. Truth to Power
    September 16, 2013

    Gregor Nassief…”HEADS ARE ROLLING”

  51. September 16, 2013

    Wow! This definitely speaks volumes. We can now confirm that the recovery progress on LIAT is gonna be a lengthier one. Dominica we really NEED to look at alternatives or our tourism industry will certainly be in immense trouble. This isn’t time for excuses but actions from the Guys in AUTHORITATIVE POSITIONS. May God Be with us. :(

  52. me
    September 16, 2013

    It was about time.

  53. 2 CuTe
    September 16, 2013

    It was about time..whos next ? Hope his drop off make some progress

  54. Nomination committe
    September 16, 2013

    Dno it is interesting how long you kept the UWP Rally news item in the first spot and in less than 24 hours you move the number one current issue to second place. How ironic?

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