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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) […]

Better must be done by LIAT –– Sinckler

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler wants to see LIAT’s management and shareholder governments working together to quickly resolve the issues facing the airline. Although he is not in charge of Barbados’ international transport or civil aviation, Sinckler is the one responsible for signing off on any financing Government provides to the Antigua-based carrier, and he […]

Not another cent!

Regional airline LIAT Thursday announced planned route changes to ensure timely arrivals into St Vincent and the Grenadines, after the country’s leader declared that his government would not be putting another cent into beleaguered regional carrier. In a major shift in policy, Gonsalves who has championed the cause of LIAT on many occasions in the past, […]

DOMINICA – ‘Stupid move’

ROSEAU – At least two regional leaders have openly blasted the poor service of regional airline LIAT and made calls to have the matter rectified with urgency. Chairman of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Dr Keith Mitchelll and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris expressed their disgust with the […]

Leave LIAT

 “Not an option!” That was the declaration of former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird in response to a reported plan to replace regional airline LIAT with a Barbados-based airline, as he stood in solidarity with his country’s government. The proposal, which surfaced last month, first drew the ire of Prime Minister Gaston Browne […]

LIAT reduces fuel surcharge on tickets

Regional Airline LIAT has announced that it is reducing the fuel surcharge on tickets. Chief Executive Officer David Evans said effective January 15, 2015 the fuel surcharge will be reduced by 50 per cent for all new bookings. LIAT first introduced a fuel surcharge in 2003, in the wake of increasing fuel prices. In 2009 when […]

LIAT responds to NUPW

Regional carrier LIAT is defending its record in the wake of scathing criticism by the head of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Dennis Clarke. Clarke, who was stuck in Antigua last week due to flight problems, had called for a review of the airline’s operations, describing it as ‘bedlam’. But in a statement […]

LIAT key, says airport official

Despite a noticeable decline in numbers, regional airline LIAT has been described as the largest mover of passenger traffic through the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). Corporate communications specialist at the GAIA, Keith Goddard, said the airline remained “a key partner” of that facility, adding that regional transportation continued to play a critical role in […]

Treat for LIAT fliers

Regional airline LIAT has formed a partnership with one of this island’s largest distributors, Bryden Stokes Limited, to offer customers a hot beverage and a snack on selected flights out of Barbados over the next month. In addition, senior commercial manager of LIAT, Derrick Frederick, said the airline would, over the coming months, be embarking […]

Reduce taxes, new LIAT CEO says

The newly appointed CEO of LIAT believes a reduction in taxation on intra-regional travel will help increase revenues for the governments of the Caribbean and give customers a fairer deal. David Evans, who assumed leadership duties on April 22, 2014, acknowledged taxes are important to reinvest in aviation infrastructure, but he would like to see governments fully examine the overall economic […]

New LIAT CEO confirmed

LIAT has confirmed the appointment of David Evans as chief executive officer effective April 22. Evans takes over from Julie Reifer-Jones, who has been acting in the position since then Captain Ian Brunton resigned in September last year. Evans – a British national – has more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within […]

Gonsalves skeptical about forming single regional carrier

Caribbean aviation and transport ministers met in St. Vincent today to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline

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