Passengers who feared cancelled flights and missed connections tomorrow due to industrial action by LIAT pilots no longer have to worry.
The airline’s management has assured that there will be no disruption to services across the region.
“The recent report of impending action by the pilots have been withdrawn following a meeting between management and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association,” LIAT said in a brief statement.
The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) had threatened to stage sit-ins and picketing at various airports if its members did not receive their salaries by midnight tonight.
The two sides had a stormy relations and the late payment of salaries did not help the cause.
Industrial action was averted at the 11th hour last month, when a truce was reached at a meeting with the shareholder governments.
Chairman of the shareholder governments, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines had emerged from that meeting held here to announce that the sore point had been resolved.
“I think that instructions have gone to the bank for the payments, so depends on which bank you are in, some persons would get paid tomorrow or the next day,” he told the waiting media at the time.
However, it was clear that trouble was not far away as the Vincentian leader suggested that there was no guarantee that the airline would not be late with salaries again in the immediate future.
“The management is not saying that they would be in a position on each occasion over the next three months to pay precisely on time; there may be a couple of days deferral,” Gonsalves said then.
Details of today’s talks, chaired by Antigua and Barbuda’s attorney general Steadroy Benjamin, were not released, with the airline saying little more than it was “cordial”.
“The discussions were cordial and the management and pilots have reached a mutually amicable decision on outstanding issues,” the statement said.
Efforts to reach LIALPA officials for comment were unsuccessful.