The cash strapped regional airline, LIAT, has named a new board of directors saying that the members have demonstrated “exceptional records of performance and service to the industry and to the region”.
The board will be chaired by former Barbados prime minister, Owen Arthur, and the airline said it was looking forward to working together with the new board “to foster and strengthen regional transportation and integration”.
LIAT said that it has already given Arthur a charge to meet with regional leaders on ways to stabilize the cash strapped Antigua-based airline.
“The new chairman has been tasked by the board to undertake a special assignment to meet with regional prime ministers to discuss sustainability of the airline,” LIAT said in a statement, adding “this assignment will be supported by other directors and the management team of the airline”.
It said Arthur has served the “Caribbean as a learned statesman including his work presiding over the regional process to revise the Treaty of Chaguaramas to establish the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME),” which allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the region.
LIAT said the new board, which was announced following the airline’s meeting here on Monday, said it includes former Barbados civil servant, Juanita Thorington Powlett, businessman Mark Maloney as well as Michael Holder and Robert Riley, while Carolyn Tonge, Lennox Weston and Sir Robin Yearwood, were appointed by Antigua and Barbuda; and banker Isaac Solomon from St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The shareholder governments of the airline,, which employs over 600 people and operates 491 flights weekly across 15 destinations, are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.