“We Want Money From Our Property,” Gonsalves Tells Trinidad

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves wants SVG to collect their fair share of money from its part of the airspace being managed by CANAS.

CANAS the Caribbean Air Navigation And Advisory Services Limited manage the PIARCO flight information region, which extends from St Kitts down to Trinidad, including the French territories in the region.

Gonsalves said in the colonial days a private company managed CANAS, however, after Eric Williams came to office Trinidad took over.

“The planes which pass over our airspace in the OECS and Barbados, we should get money for that, because it is our property, however, we are not represented on CANAS board”.

Gonsalves said he is calling for representation for The OECS countries and Barbados.

He said Barbados is giving its full support to this call, following discussions he had with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

“ I have to remind everyone, once again, we have to line it up properly, we want representation as to how we deal with our property”.

Gonsalves said he wants transparency on the matter.

“ I want to know how much money is being collected and how much it is costing to manage the Piarco flight information region”.

“ You can’t be running it by yourself, not telling me how much you are making, all you tell me it cost money to run it”.

Gonsalves said if the money to operate such entity is more than the revenues, SVG would like to pay its share of the expenses, the country does want a free ride.

However, Gonsalves said you can rest assured if Trinidad were not making good revenues from CANAS, the region would have heard a long time ago how the islands need to contribute to the operations.

Gonsalves said he does not think that what he is advocating is such an unreasonable position to take. He said such matters are not for mashing up CARICOM, but for them to solve such difficulties.

He said CARICOM itself would be undermined if it is unequally yoked.

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