[Trinidad] ‘Manning championed TT aviation’

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[Trinidad] ‘Manning championed TT aviation’

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http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,230039.html

[Trinidad] ‘Manning championed TT aviation’
Sunday, July 3 2016

THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority has expressed condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning and noted his “great passion for aviation”.

“It is with great sadness that the board, management and staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) join with the rest of the national community in mourning the passing of Mr Patrick Manning, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” TTCAA stated in a release.

“Apart from his outstanding contribution to the development of Trinidad and Tobago through politics, Mr Manning had a great passion for aviation and contributed to the growth and development of the local aviation industry.” The authority pointed out that it was during Manning’s tenure as Prime Minister that Trinidad and Tobago established the State Aviation Safety Oversight System to meet the highest safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization and gained the United States FAA Category One status in August 2005. Also, during his tenure, construction of the TTCAA Aviation Complex was commissioned in 2008, “which is today one of the most modern Aviation Complex in the world”.

TTCAA’s Director General Ramesh Lutchmedial stated in the releas, “Mr Manning and I first met in 1976 when we both served as members of the House of Representatives in the first Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to entering politics, he wanted to become a pilot. Our friendship continued outside of politics and I last spoke to him about a month ago.” The TTCAA extended its sincerest condolences to the family of Manning and “pray that they have the strength to overcome their loss”.

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Re: [Trinidad] ‘Manning championed TT aviation’

Unread post by bimjim » Sun Jul 03, 2016

While it is sad to see the passing of anyone, I wish our journalists in particular had some actual, real objectivity, since it is their shimmering words which are passed on as a record to future generations.

Patrick Manning, as Prime Minister, himself implemented his own vision of closing down the money-losing BWIA, screwing over hundreds of his fellow citizens in the process (by denying them the severance, pension, airline shares and other benefits they were entitled to), and created the now-money-losing Caribbean Airlines he intended would also screw over thousands of our regional fellow citizens as T&T took over their national airlines - whether they wanted it or not, apparently - to form a single regional airline, owned lock, stock and barrel by Trinidad and Tobago (with Trinidadian management and employees, presumably, since Trinidadians do not trust other regionals).

His region-wide public statement back then was that he intended to take over all of the government-owned regional airlines one at a time, starting with LIAT, and make them part of Caribbean Airlines. I can only suppose he was preparing his CARICOM and ACS yard-mates for the bullying that was to come.

No, I am not hallucinating - which is a state many of our politician "leaders" seem to be in during their tenures these days - and yes, this really did happen. As far as I am concerned it was the regional bully telling his CARICOM schoolyard chums how it was going to be, grabbing their lunch and wallets in the process.

Following that announcement, the government of Jamaica decided to privatise Air Jamaica and created an Air Jamaica Privatisation Commission, near the end of which process Spirit emerged with a clear lead. But at this point Patrick Manning himself took his focus off LIAT and, with a few "choice words" to PM Bruce Golding, the Air Jamaica privatisation was derailed, ended prematurely, and Air Jamaica handed to T&T and Caribbean Airlines - which subsequently cherry-picked that airline's most profitable routes and then managed to turn them into the most unprofitable routes in the entire Caribbean Airlines network.

And if Patrick Manning was such an aviation enthusiact, why did he allow the national airline to continue being such a drain on the public purse? In another "believe it or not", in a single public announcement the Minister in charge of CAL BOTH said that the $300 million fuel subsidy which was causing so much trouble with the US DoT would be ended, AND then said that his Ministry would be handing CAL a $400 million "infrastructure grant". Apparently, mysteriously, that "grant" has become an annual institution for some strange reason.

We don't call them "Trickidadians" for nothing, and either the DoT fell for it or they threw up their hands in despair at the cojones of this Third World country and gave up trying to justify their own hypocritical "subsidy" stance - many US airlines themselves get indirect subsidies from the US government, through airports and other means, but those are usually explained away in other terms than "subsidy".

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