LIAT Will Continue To Fly Despite Challenges

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LIAT will continue operating across the region despite the challenges the airline is facing. This was confirmed by LIAT Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones.

Mrs. Reifer-Jones stated that LIAT was disappointed to again see media reports circulating
about the airline being on the verge of collapse. She advised that LIAT was in the midst of
a restructuring exercise which included sensitive discussions with its stakeholders.

She noted that the media reports were not only damaging to the airline but eroded the
confidence of the travelling public. She acknowledged that the airline continued to face
challenges in the context of the region’s economic prospects as well as other factors which
were causing a decline in intra-regional travel. She, however, noted that the airline
continues to operate its full schedule of weekly flights to its 15 destinations.

The CEO expressed the company’s commitment to the region and indicated the company’s
improved On-Time Performance and Customer Service were being recognized by the
travelling public. She emphasized that the airline’s priority of providing a safe and
comfortable flight experience was paramount and LIAT would continue to aim to improve
its services.

Mrs. Reifer-Jones also advised that discussions with Governments across the LIAT network
were continuing as the airline negotiates with territories to contribute through a Minimum
Revenue Guarantee Model. This would ensure that the airline was on a sustainable footing
as it continues to serve the region.

The Chief Executive Officer also stated that LIAT’s schedule over the last six to eight weeks
has been impacted by various weather systems as is expected at this time of the year.
During the hurricane season, some flights will be delayed or cancelled but LIAT is
committed to restoring service in a timely manner, she explained.

LIAT currently operates 491 flights weekly across its network of 15 destinations with a
fleet of ten ATR aircraft.

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “In (Takeovers, Mergers and Acquisitions), everybody develops a reputation, and unfortunately the reputation usually is built on the last bad transaction that they’ve executed or failed to do.” – Michael Carr!

    In this the International Decade for People of African Descent it’s Time to get Serious! For all my compatriots who enjoy “ugly”, you cannot afford to lose the technology developed over decades since the 60’s!

    This mere voice in the wilderness witnessed the Lion of Judah and his flagship touch down at VCBIA in 1966! it is now a Giant amongst Giants surpassing all of the North American Airlines that serve A&B. It has a story to tell with teachable lessons and P3 arrangements!

    As Antiguans and Barbudans, our collective development demands that we recognize that “all relationships are based on centers and margins and the distances from either the center or the margin. When black people view themselves as centered and central in their own history then they see themselves as agents, actors, and participants rather than as marginals on the periphery of political or economic experience. What resonates more with people than understanding that we are central to our history, not someone else’s? If we can, in the process of materializing our consciousness, claim space as agents of progressive change, then we can change our condition and change the world.” Molefi Asante!

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