Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has signalled the end is near for regional air carrier LIAT and recommends a private sector driven replacement.

Miss Mottley was speaking in an interview on Power 95.1 FM in Grenada.

She believes it’s time for the governments to step back and allow private enterprise to play a major role in intra-regional air transport.

Meantime, President of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), Patterson Thompson, has hinted at the possibility of legal action in order to get the insolvent airline to pay the pilots severance.

He claims the pilots went home “with nothing in our hands” and that many pilots had given their complete adult life to LIAT. He adds that to home with no severance is a difficult thing to swallow in these times.