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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LIAT - A Failed Caribbean Regional Lifeline




On more occasions than I care to remember LIAT planes have been late on arrival causing me to miss ferry connections. 

And twice I have had to secure additional overnight stays in a layover destination after being stranded at the airport with no other flights available until the next day. 

That pretty much sums up my experience with the regional carrier, however you should hear the travel stories from Caribbean locals to get the full picture.  

Over the years consistent complaints from Caribbean Prime Ministers across the region, along with the angry voices of Caribbean locals and tourists, have had little impact on the carriers performance and maintenance. 

Evidently management believes the same failed business practices will magically produce different results - or maybe they believe the shareholders will keep funding their poor service.  Who are the shareholders? That would be the (4) shareholder governments of Antigua/Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Speaking of money, LIAT seems to always be in a financial crisis of some sort. They secure multi-million dollar loans which get sucked into the big black hole of past due multi-millon dollar debt. Little of the funding is left over for day to day operation, maintenance and training. On time performance is a big deal, however lack of maintenance and training is damn scary!

Bottom line, the region has to have a carrier for business and pleasure travel. The question is how long will the shareholders keep funding a failing top management team? As for that next incoming LIAT flight, good luck!  Linda 

Now on to the latest crisis with the pilots . . . 


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Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, met with the officials over the weekend “following public concern as to a possible breakdown of regional air services over the Christmas period”.

Earlier this month, LIAT rejected claims by the union that it acted illegally in respect of court orders and appealed to its pilots not to take industrial action as being planned for later this month.

The pilots had threatened to take industrial action if the airline failed to meet their demands by December 10th, and the pilots state a continued deferral of salaries, the recent dismissal of two of their colleagues and other longstanding issues are among their main grievances they want addressed by the company.

They also want the implementation of a 2010 arbitration tribunal award and a new contract to fly the ATR aircraft being operated by LIAT.

Source: Read the full article at Caribbean 360

Happy Holidays,
Linda