Tourism minister wants LIAT to apologize to passengers for its tardy service


Grenadian Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen has said LIAT is abusing its monopoly power and wants the airline to apologise to all passengers who have suffered from its insufficiencies.
“We have suffered from LIAT in 2007 since it became a monopoly and for this New Year, we again have begin to suffer, we have reverted to the days before we had an international airport, the suffering is untenable,” she said, while calling for the airline to issue an apology to Grenada and Caribbean destinations which benefits from the airline services. “A monopoly does not give anyone the right to abuse its people.”
The Minister said that Grenada has suffered from a scarcity of airlift and Government is presently negotiating with other airlines to solve the problem. “Given the scope of our tourism expansion, we as a Government is holding negotiations for more flights, we need more, we need airlift to take care of passengers choosing to experience our tourism product,” she said while addressing the official commissioning of the Port Louis Marina.
Announcing that very soon Grenada will be making an announcement about new airlift within the region, the Minister said that 2008 will be the year of implementation within the tourism industry. “We are working to ensure that there is improve airlift in and out of Grenada because a lack of airlift is negatively impacting on the tourism product,” she said.
Modeste-Curwen said that the monopoly in region has affected the island’s Caricom market share. “Looking at the statistics at the Grenada Board of Tourism we realize that the island had 2600 less Caricom passengers visiting the island when compared 2006 and 2007 data and as you know our Caricom market is very important to us, so we have to do something to change that, we need good efficient airlift,” she said while thanking the other regional airline which have decided to increase its flights to the island.
“We must thank Air Jamaica for putting on more flights during the Christmas season and having an additional connecting flight out of Miami,” she said.