Barbadian businessman Robert Pitcher is calling for greater transparency from operators of regional airline LIAT.
Of particular interest to Pitcher, who has companies throughout the region, is how the airline – which is supported primarily by four shareholder governments, including Barbados – was spending taxpayers’ money.
“The high cost and burden to the taxpayers of this country is a worry,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“I want to find out . . . how many aircrafts we own in LIAT and how many we lease. What is the cost of the leasing, first and foremost? I want to know what salary the CEO [David Evans] is getting, what is his housing allowance, what is his entertainment allowance and what is his transportation allowance. I want to know what the chairman of the board gets, I want to know how much the board members get and how many times they meet.”
Pitcher also renewed his call for LIAT’s board of directors to resign.
The businessman also blamed Caribbean governments for the fall-off in regional travel over the years, saying that taxes were too high.
He argued that in some cases, for example, a ticket from Barbados to Canada was cheaper than a ticket from Barbados to some Eastern Caribbean islands.
“How can Caribbean people get closer if you don’t allow them to move from one island to the next?” he lamented. “Regional travel is too expensive!”