LIAT Says It Wil Keep Flying

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LIAT will continue flying across the region, Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Julie ReiferJones says in response to recent media reports about the airline.

She is reassuring passengers that the airline will continue to operate in a safe and efficient manner to provide connectivity and service to the region.

Mrs. Reifer-Jones noted that while the airline is in a challenging financial situation, LIAT has continued flying through the region with support from its principal shareholders: the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica.

She noted, however, that the airline has also been operating to destinations where there has been no support from governments and authorities to ensure that critical connectivity remains.

Mrs. Jones advised that the current discussions with Regional Governments are intended to put in place new arrangements which provide a basis for sharing the burden amongst all the countries currently benefitting from LIAT’s services. She also noted that all stakeholders, whether labour, suppliers or financiers will be called upon to make adjustments aimed at achieving a viable airline operation.

The airline has already been working to improve its On-Time Performance, and she indicated that 83% of the airline’s flights were on time in 2018. The airline is currently undergoing a restructuring exercise which is expected to improve the operations of the airline as the company moves to build a sustainable model. LIAT currently operates 491 flights weekly across its network of 15 destinations.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. It is an absolute disgrace that there are islands such as St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada that contribute zero to Liat but benefit tremendously from its flights. St. Lucia’s Northern Airport would be a ghost town without Liat. Nevis without Liat? Same. I say if they continue to refuse to contribute leaving the existing shareholders to carry the burden then Liat needs to cut their flight to zero for a month in the first instance so that they will quickly realize the value of Liat to all of us and reconsider their position on contributing.

    • If they do not want to contribute capital, have subsidise their flights, just like how these governments subsidize international flights.

  2. I hope now LIAT IN A CRISIS, ARL DEM GOVERNMENTS AND HIE PAE INDEVIALS A GO FORFIT DEM PAE FU HELP.
    POOR PEOPLE CARN CARRIE IT NO MOE.

  3. Why would any sane thinking government dump monies into LIAT. The board of directors and Management don’t give a damn when it comes to making LIAT sustainable. They know that they have an ATM machine in the form of the governments that will continue to pump taxpayers dollars into that failing airline. Some hard choices needs to be made and no one has the balls to take the bull by the horn. How much more does the governments need to see before they let the airline sink?

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