Sunday, April 21, 2024

Fuel solution a LIAT must

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LIAT IS WILLING to go to the highest legal and aviation authorities in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in order to get the matter of “unfair advantage” of Trinidad’s Caribbean Airlines’ (CAL) fuel subsidy finally settled.
LIAT chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the SATURDAY SUN yesterday that he wanted to meet with Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar by May 28 and start working on a solution to an issue that has caused cash-strapped LIAT to lose over US$100 million within the last six years.
He said if talks with Trinidad’s government failed, LIAT would resort to three entities under CARICOM, including the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
“Under the Common Air Services Agreement we can go to arbitration, which is binding and final; under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, we can go to the CCJ or to the CARICOM Competitive Commission.
“There are several different avenues possible,” he said following yesterday’s meeting of LIAT shareholder governments at Hilton Barbados.

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