High-Level Committee Established to Advise St Kitts on Support for Cash-Strapped LIAT

A LIAT delegation made a presentation to the St Kitts and Nevis Cabinet yesterday.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Tuesday March 12,
2019
– The Dr Timothy
Harris-led Cabinet of St Kitts and Nevis has established a high-level advisory
committee to thoroughly consider a number of proposals put forward by regional
airline, LIAT, and to advise it on the possible way forward.

This commitment by the St Kitts and Nevis Government was made following a presentation by a three-member delegation from LIAT during yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, according to a government statement.

Led
by Diane Shurland, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, the LIAT delegation
discussed with the Cabinet a number of matters currently affecting the cash-strapped
Antigua-based airline.

The
high-level advisory committee, led by the Financial Secretary Hilary Hazel and
comprising representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, representatives of the
St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority and a representative from the Office
of the Prime Minister, will be charged with considering all matters relating to
LIAT and the proposals made during yesterday’s meeting.

However,
the statement gave no indication when a report would be submitted.

The major shareholders of the regional airline are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica. Increased efforts are being made to encourage other Caribbean governments to make financial contributions and to support the airline that operates 491 flights weekly across its network of 15 destinations.

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