Antigua and Barbuda government moving ahead with plans for new regional airline

The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is going ahead with plans for establishing a new regional airline even as it acknowledged a move by other sub-regional countries to do so.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, responding to an opposition question regarding improved regional transportation, told legislators that it is well known that the government “has been struggling” with the cash-strapped LIAT (1974) Limited over the past three years.

“We would have gotten it right from the onset. We knew that if we were to allow the other shareholders of LIAT to collapse the airline that it would have created a significant problem to connect Caribbean people and you would recognise that not withstanding the fact that LIAT is still operating there’s still a problem in terms of meeting the demands of the Caribbean people, especially individuals within the OECS sub-region.”

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