By Admin. Updated 1:15 p.m., December 22, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – LIAT (1974) Ltd is set to commence operations soon at the Argyle International Airport.
According to a release from the Argyle International Airport (AIA), discussions were concluded on Monday and the LIAT administrator agreed to comply with AIA’s requirements for operation.
The release stated that “the delay in the restart was not due to any restrictions being placed on LIAT, but rather to ensure arrangements were in place for LIAT’s operation in St. Vincent.”
The release stated that “operations will start as soon as the agreed arrangements are in place, at which time, further updates will be forthcoming”.
LIAT’s CONTROVERSIAL END AND RETURN
Facing grave financial difficulties and a stalled aviation industry die to the Coronavirus pandemic, LIAT stopped flying earlier this year.
The Gaston Browne led Antigua government spearheaded LIAT’s recovery, but shareholder governments – St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados responded with less enthusiasm than Antigua for LIAT’s return, as there were many issues to sort out.
The reluctance sparked several public criticisms from Antigua’s prime minister towards Barbados’ and St. Vincent’s prime minister.
Both Barbados and St. Vincent had moved to allow several other regional carriers to fill the void left in LIAT’s absence.