Home > LIAT marks entry to Canouan with a vow to stay in Caribbean hands
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, March 11 – Regional Airline LIAT on Tuesday celebrated the commencement of services to Canouan pledging to keep its ownership in the hands of the Caribbean people.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and LIAT Chairman Dr. Jean Holder headed an invited group including travel industry officials, LIAT management, staff and journalists who experienced first-hand the new service and participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Canouan International Airport.
Dr. Gonsalves said that recent developments have highlighted, even more, the need to keep LIAT in regional hands.
“If we had taken the decision to allow LIAT to simply fold, the fact is that Caribbean Star... would have been subject to the decision of the US Supreme Court, there would have been a receiver, the assets would have been frozen... we would have had a real problem, a crisis, genuine crisis,” said Prime Minister Gonsalves.
“Had we not owned and controlled our own airline, we would not have had an airline to come into this Canouan airport with today,” Dr. Gonsalves added.
He congratulated LIAT for adding Canouan to its list of destinations, saying “we are all grateful here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for this inaugural flight”.
Canouan is home to the luxurious five star Raffles Resorts, Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club, the Grenadines Estate, the Fairmont Gulf Club and a variety of restaurants.
The LIAT Chairman said the commencement of the new service was a testament of LIAT’s commitment to the region.
“I’m very happy to be here to celebrate what I would say is the very important addition to our 21 destinations,” Dr. Holder said. “If I would find one fault it’s that the world knows too little about this place and we need between ourselves to do a great deal more to change that perspective,” he added.
Dr. Holder also said that it was noteworthy that while airlines the world over were cutting their services, LIAT was doing the opposite, in order to meet the needs of the region.
With the new service, travellers now have two options, three days per week to travel to/from Canouan.
Flight 760 departs Grenada on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:15am, arriving in Canouan at 10:45am. It then leaves Canouan at 11:00am, arriving in Barbados at 11:40am. Flight 787 leaves Barbados at 5:20pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Canouan at 6:00pm. It leaves Canouan at 6:15pm, arriving in Grenada at 6:45pm.
The new service will also serve as a valuable connection for the big airlines out of Europe and North America.