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St Vincent hosting ‘prime ministerial meeting’ on LIAT

CMC – Heads of government from Barbados and four other Caribbean countries are expected to attend a meeting on the regional airline, LIAT, to be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday. A government statement issued in Antigua said that the Cabinet had discussed the upcoming “Prime Ministerial meeting” regarding funding alternatives “to […]

LIAT announces limited service to hurricane battered countries

LIAT has announced limited operations to several of the hurricane battered countries, including Dominica and the British Virgin islands (BVI). The airline said that it would continue limited operations until October 7 and that while it is unable “to carry commercial passengers to Dominica and St Maarten” it can carry limited passengers into the BVI. […]

Barbadian confirmed as LIAT CEO

The Board of Directors of LIAT has confirmed the appointment of Julie Reifer-Jones as Chief Executive Officer. In announcing her appointment, Chairman of the Board of LIAT,  Jean Holder noted that “Reifer-Jones has served at LIAT in the number two position for some nine years and in that capacity has acted as CEO for extended […]

PM Stuart – LIAT still vital to the region

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being voiced by some CARICOM leaders about the viability of the regional carrier during the just […]

LIAT split

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves Wednesday publicly disagreed with his Grenadian counterpart Dr Keith Mitchell on the way forward for regional carrier LIAT, while calling for more investment on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments in the Antigua-based carrier in which Barbados is the majority shareholder. Speaking at the […]

Court rules on LIAT case

The near six year wait for justice has ended for former LIAT pilot Captain Michael Blackburn. However, Blackburn, the former head of LIAT’s pilots’ union, did not get the level of financial compensation he was hoping for. In its decision handed down this week, the Industrial Court of Antigua and Barbuda ruled that Blackburn significantly […]

Long wait for dismissed LIAT pilot

Nearly six years after his dismissal from the company, a former LIAT pilot says he is sick and tired of waiting for justice. And lawyers for the former President of LIAT’s pilots’ union, Captain Michael Blackburn, have now filed an application in the Antigua High Court complaining about the long wait for the industrial court […]

Deadlock ends

The three-day strike by LIAT pilots has ended. Late Friday, news came of a resolution to their pay dispute with management of the Antigua-based regional carrier that had resulted in numerous flight cancellations and system-wide delays since Wednesday. The three-day deadlock, which left hundreds stranded at the various airports across the region to which LIAT […]

LIAT pilots’ strike ‘unreasonable’, says Browne

Several flights in and out of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) were either cancelled or delayed Thursday afternoon, as a strike by pilots employed by regional carrier LIAT persisted for a second straight day with one shareholder government branding the action “unreasonable”. At the start of the day, it looked as if the carrier’s operations […]

LIAT hit by industrial action

Pilots at the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT have taken industrial action. The company issued an advisory this morning in which it notified the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA). “In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft, the […]

Chaos expected at GAIA as LIAT pilots plan sit-in

Grantley Adams International Airport is likely to become a mass of chaos and confusion beginning on Thursday as LIAT pilots have threatened to take industrial action if they did not receive their salaries by midnight Wednesday. President of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) Captain Carl Burke said in a statement the planned action, […]

In flight

Barbadian and Caribbean passengers travelling on LIAT have been spared the discomfort of lengthy delays and cancellations, as industrial action by the airline’s employees has been averted. Chairman of the shareholder governments, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuesday evening announced that the latest sore point in the usually acrimonious relationship […]

LIAT in fresh dispute with workers

A meeting will be held here Tuesday to discuss how to get out of the latest problem facing the struggling regional carrier, LIAT, which is embroiled in a salary dispute with staff. The airline’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones said the shareholder governments had agreed to intervene in the carrier’s latest disagreement with workers and […]

LIAT pilots want tough action against ‘disruptive passenger’

The union that represents LIAT pilots wants the airline to punish the passenger who made a “mischievous allegation” against a pilot earlier this month. In a release issued Thursday, the Antigua-based Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) stopped just short of demanding that the regional carrier bans or takes legal action against the female passenger, […]

51 vying for LIAT top post

Despite widespread criticism of its current level of service, Vincentian prime minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves reported Wednesday that strong interest had been expressed in the vacant post of chief executive officer at the beleaguered regional airline LIAT. “I am told 51 people applied. Despite [the criticisms], a lot of people want to run LIAT you know,” […]

LIAT no joke!

The struggling regional airline LIAT is threatening to stop serving countries that hurt its bottom line, while it wants those that benefit from its service to pay up. Chairman of the shareholder governments Dr Ralph Gonsalves Wednesday warned the airline must not be treated as though it were show business, as he outlined a range of […]

LIAT and pilots headed for new showdown

In the midst of celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary, the struggling regional carrier LIAT and the union representing its pilots appear to be once again headed for a showdown that could result in the grounding of flights and even more inconvenience to passengers. At issue is what the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) […]

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