“We don’t believe in a government running an airline. We don’t think government, especially multiple governments, can run an airline as an entity. I think 51 years of LIAT have proven that is the case. In order for LIAT to make money, it has to be able to charge the prices that they are charging,” “
So said St. Lucia Minister of Tourism this week at the heads of government conference. The history of Liat is the proof of what he says. Of course it would help if the airline ran as a business in the first case, but that also goes to the core of what we are talking about. If you examine the debate it has pretty much centred on rhetoric along the lines of “Other islands must support LIAT” to “We’re not supporting LIAT”. The pro LIAT crowd has gone so far as to suggest there is something vaguely unpatriotic about not supporting the Caribbean bird with undercarriage of clay. As long as both sides fail to see the others needs and also that there might be alternatives to the solution rather than just LIAT this issue is going nowhere fast.