Fifteen LIAT flights, including five leaving Barbados, have been affected by the pilots’ industrial action.
The airline’s head of corporate communications Desmond Brown said in a second bulletin issued this afternoon that passengers on flights to and from Antigua, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, St Kitts, Nevis, St Maarten, Santo Domingo, St Croix, Tortola, Guyana and San Juan will experience delays.
The disruption comes as the pilots’ trade union Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association did not show up for work this morning.
The airline said it was caught off guard by the action.
“The company has not been provided with the required notification of industrial action as required under its agreement with the pilots,” he said.
However, Barbados TODAY understands the pilots stayed off the job to meet to discuss the indefinite suspension of the LIALPA president Captain Carl Burke.
Attempts to reach Burke have so far been unsuccessful.
Meantime, LIAT says customers affected by the disruptions who want to re-book will be allowed to do so without charge for a period of one week from the date of their originally scheduled travel.
After that they will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking. Passengers who are unable to travel as planned due to the work stoppage, will be issued a full credit for future travel at their request.
LIAT also advised that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to the disruption, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation, etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact their respective carriers.