BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July 3, 2018 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The Dr. Denzil Douglas-led Opposition St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party is once again being exposed for its deception and dishonesty all aimed at creating mischief and destabilizing the sustained growth and development the twin island Federation has been experiencing over the last three years under the Team Unity Government.
Late last week, the Opposition party posted an article on its Facebook page suggesting, among other things, that concerns with the security management at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport resulted in the loss of a contract and significant financial loss for the private terminal – now renamed KayanJet FBO Services – which in turn led to one of its partners ending its relationship with the business.
Dr. Uday Nayak, the Co-founder of the Veling Group, which operates the private terminal, has since publicly refuted those claims by the Opposition as “factually incorrect”.
In a statement to a regional news agency, Dr. Nayak confirmed that the terminal had indeed changed hands and has since been renamed.
“As Co-founder of the Veling Group, I have parted ways with the other founder and as such the ownership of KayanJet now rests with me,” Dr. Nayak said, while stating clearly that “The reason for this change has nothing to do with the reason reported on the Facebook page.”
Dr. Nayak also reiterated that KayanJet, as a top-of-the-range FBO, complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) security requirements and will continue to offer all products and services as hitherto. He further assured that KayanJet FBO Services will strive to ensure that St. Kitts remains a much-favoured destination for all visitors to the Caribbean region.
He added, “As the sole owner of KayanJet, I remain committed as an investor in St. Kitts and Nevis and contributing to the development of this beautiful island in any which way I can.”
The erroneous reports being peddled by the Opposition also sought to suggest that the country stands to lose a host of its international flights as a result of security management concerns at the RLB International Airport expressed by the US-based Transportation Security Administration (TSA) following an inspection of the facility in 2017.
Minister responsible for the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, has since refuted those claims and labelled the reports as “fake news” aimed at distracting the people from the positive work of the Government.
The good work of the Government includes the construction of the second cruise pier at Port Zante, the commencement of the island main road rehabilitation project, the relocation of the Public Works Department’s Vehicle Maintenance Division and the subsequent construction of the East Line Bus Terminal, as well as the continued roll out of the Government’s vital housing programme