PM Browne Wants a Review of Airport Taxes

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Thursday 31st May, 2018 –Prime Minister Gaston Browne wants airport taxes throughout the region to be reviewed in order to increase the demand for travel.

Speaking in Grenada on Wednesday at a Caribbean Development Bank Seminar on Air Transportation Competitiveness and Connectivity, the prime minister said taxes are proving to be major hindrances for the travelling public, and it has led to a decline in regional travel by some 30 per cent.

The head of government is of the opinion that a reduction of airport taxes will augur well for intra-regional travel.

Mr. Browne says Antigua based LIAT’s viability is being threatened by systemic issues right here in the region. He pointed also to burdensome airport policies that are contributing to the existing problems.

The prime minister highlighted LIAT’s mounting debts and lack of assets as inhibitors to it effectively serving the region. Mr. Browne has hinted that a possible merger with Caribbean Airlines in the future can result in LIAT increasing its assets.

He is appealing for more support for LIAT and he wants regional governments to play their part.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, speaking in Grenada on Wednesday.