Mottley stays mum on LIAT negotiations

MUM’S THE WORD on negotiations between the Government of Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda over regional airline LIAT.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley said yesterday Barbados remained committed to regional air travel, and to LIAT, but refused to provide any details about what would be this country’s next move regarding the financially-challenged airline.

“I give you the assurance and the people of Barbados, that when the Cabinet has reviewed, and in a position to do so, I will speak in the place to which we have become accustomed, which is the Parliament of Barbados. I’m not in the habit of sharing correspondence with anyone I’ve written to the press,” Mottley told reporters at Government Headquarters minutes after Government signed a partnership agreement with the International Finance Corporation to refurbish and repair Grantley Adams International Airport.

“I don’t think there is anything to alter those basics I hold dearly,” she added.

What Mottley did infer was that Barbados would not be interested in a LIAT model close to the one established when the airline came into being 45 years ago.