Prime Minister Mia Mottley has welcomed InterCaribbean's expanded service to the Eastern Caribbean to fill the void left by LIAT.
“Barbados is fortunate that Inter Caribbean has been chosen as its southern hub with a view to expansion and the establishment of headquarters in the future. Inter Caribbean has been operating in the northern Caribbean for almost 30 years but under different brands,” she said.
At a CARICOM on-line meeting early July Mottley announced that with the decision to liquidate LIAT, six private airlines are expected to to take its place.
“I can report with certainty that since announcements were being made earlier this week about LIAT’s demise, six airlines have come forward offering to fill the space . . . We are satisfied that these six airlines can more than fill the immediate gap, particularly given the reduced traffic within the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mottley said.
One of the airlines mentioned was Inter Caribbean airways, and included SVG Air, One Caribbean, Caribbean Airlines, Silver Airlines and Air Antilles.
“As I said earlier this week, we will work cooperatively to review our tax regime to stimulate regional travel. In this, I know our late Prime Minister Mr. Owen Arthur will be smiling from wherever he is, for he strenuously supported the need to review fees and taxes as an impetus for renewed regional movement of our citizens and residents.
“It is my fervent wish that the final agreement for a regional bubble for air travel will be completed and started within the next two weeks so that we can leverage the minimal risk posed by moving within those countries of ours whose incidence is extremely low.”
Chairman of interCaribbean, Lyndon Gardiner says Barbados will serve as the airline’s Southern hub and will initially fly to Grenada, St. Lucia and Dominica. Flights to St. Vincent are scheduled to come on stream in September, pending approvals.
Minister of Maritime Affairs Kirk Humphrey, who represented Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins, thanked the airline for its service to Barbados and the Caribbean people.
InterCaribbean Airways operates a fleet of 30-seater Embraer 120s and 45-seater Embraer 145s. Gardiner stated that three of the 30-seater aircraft will initially be stationed in Barbados to serve that part of the region.
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