By Demion McTair. Updated 9:57 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Air travel between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados is being supplemented in the absence of LIAT, by the Trinidad and Tobago based Caribbean Airlines (CAL).
CAL launched service to the Eastern Caribbean from Barbados today July 22, 2020.
According to the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper, Caribbean Airlines stated that “Flights will initially operate between Barbados to St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada with other destinations to be added once the regulatory approvals are received”.
“The route expansion into the Eastern Caribbean is part of the airline’s current strategic plan,” The Guardian reported.
The route between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados was one of LIAT’s most profitable routes.
On June 28, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, one of the shareholder countries of LIAT, Gaston Browne, said that the airline would be liquidated and with the possibility of a new LIAT being formed.
The proposal to form a new LIAT was met with indifference and hesitance from other Caribbean leaders.
But, recently, Browne’s proposal of a leaner, new LIAT has gained attention.
Caribbean Airlines and other airlines such as Vincentian based One Caribbean, SVG Air, and InterCaribbean have enhanced their offerings since LIAT (1974) Ltd’s demise.