InterCaribbean Airways looks set to replace its bankrupt rival LIAT, as the Caribbean aviation industry limps back to normalcy.
The Turks and Caicos Islands-based InterCaribbean hit the headlines throughout the region last month when it launched weekly flights between Barbados and Guyana, a route traditionally served by LIAT.
Not just Guyana, InterCaribbean now operates twice-weekly flights between Barbados and Antigua as well, the country where LIAT is headquartered.
LIAT went into administration as its debt soared amid the curfews and lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 27 June 2020, the Antiguan government announced that it would liquidate LIAT’s assets.
Owned by seven Caribbean governments, the airline reportedly owes US$27 million to creditors.
As the region’s tourism industry returns to normalcy, InterCaribbean is phasing out its legacy small aircrafts and acquiring LIAT’s ATR 42 passenger planes. The new aircrafts provide significantly more passenger and baggage room on board. In addition, it is hiring LIAT’s pilots.
The carrier is known for connecting passenger services. In other words, most of its flights are scheduled in such a way that passengers can catch British Airways and Virgin flights bound to faraway destinations.
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Since we can’t seem to get our own act together, in some ways this is good news. This is only the beginning.
Competition has a way or making things better. Watch LIAT get their acts together.
This sounds like sweet music to my ears…. I do hope the airline will fly as far Cuba in the North
Imagine, tiny little Turk and Caicos taking the lead now! Wow! Welcome welcome welcome.
I guess the winning strategy was the leeward islands and northern Caribbean in the end.
About damn time that someone take over from failed Liat, which was a nightmare airline. Inter Caribbean needs to add more flights between the islands and also use Puerto Rico for connecting to the US. Hopefully this is the last we hear of useless Liat….
People quick to call liat useless but during times of national disasters is the same useless liat they look to for humanitarian aid. How quickly we forget the 2017 hurricane season. How many of these other airline did we see offering to fly stranded persons from affected countries? We Caribbean ppl are an ungrateful bunch. We only idolize liat when we want freebies. I’ll leave with a line from Bob Marley. Tue stone the builder refuse shall be the head corner stone.
I support you a 100%
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