Home > LIAT moving to strengthen its relationship with Grenada
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, March 20 – Strengthening the relationship between LIAT and Grenada topped the agenda as the regional carrier’s Chairman, Dr. Jean Holder; Chief Executive Officer, Mark Darby and other officials met with Prime Minister Tillman Thomas at his offices in St. George’s on Thursday.
It was their first meeting since Mr. Thomas was elected to office in July 2008.
“We want to develop a relationship with you that has been missing in previous years,” Mr. Darby said, as he assured the Prime Minister that LIAT was prepared to work with Grenada to service both the island’s travel needs and support its tourism development.
To this end, Mr. Darby pointed out that LIAT’s Chief Commercial Officer, Leesa Parris-Rudder and Marketing Manager, Derrick Frederick were also on the island holding talks with officials of the Grenada Tourism Authority.
Meanwhile, Dr. Holder said it was high time other governments come on board in support of LIAT which has been rendering safe service to the region for 53 years.
“Everybody should come on board. Regional governments must analyse the real cost of air transportation and have a more in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by LIAT,” said the airline’s Chairman.
Prime Minister Thomas said his government was committed to regional institutions and promised to provide whatever support was possible and necessary for improving the operations of the regional carrier.
“I am supportive of regional institutions. I believe that we need to work together as a region on certain issues,” said Prime Minister Thomas.
Grenadian Senator, Chester Humphrey, who heads one of the Trade Unions that represents LIAT workers, was also present at the meeting.
The LIAT delegation also included Director of Scheduling and Planning, Lesroy Browne; Director of Ground Operations, Wilbur Edwards; Sales and Services Manager, Franklyn Dewsbury and Corporate Communications Manager, Desmond Brown.
Mr. Darby described the meeting as “very useful” as both sides were able to cover a wide range of topics, including airlift, LIAT’s operations at Grenada’s Point Saline International Airport, scheduling and airfares.
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