LIAT reiterates commitment to Region

Chief Executive of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)
Chief Executive of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, remains committed to serving the region and its needs.

This statement comes from Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer- Jones as she reiterated the airline’s position for 2018.

Mrs. Jones noted that despite the major challenges from the recent hurricane season, the airline continues to provide a vital service in connecting the region. She stated that there was improvement in the airline’s On-Time Performance in 2017.

“We recognised that there was a major need to work towards improving our On-Time Performance so our passengers could get to their destinations on time.” The airline recorded On Time Performance of 68% in 2017 which was a major improvement over the 2016 figure of 49%. She noted that performance in January 2018 was 81%. “This means that today at LIAT, most flights are on time. LIAT continues to work towards the industry standard of 85% and this is one of our highest priorities.”

Read more at: St Lucia News Online

Close political gap between integration arrangements, demands of the people – CARICOM Chairman

Grenada Prime Mnister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell
Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell

Developing inclusive mechanisms to close the political distance between integration arrangements and the demands of the people of the Region is a task that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must confront.

Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, issued this charge to his colleagues at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, 4 July, 2017. The Ceremony was held at the Grenada Trade Centre, St. George’s, Grenada.

“Having spent 32 years and counting, in the political arena, I have become convinced that perhaps the most difficult task is to develop “inclusive” mechanisms that close the “political distance” between our integration arrangements and the demands of our people, at all levels of our societies—but especially with our young people,” Prime Minster Mitchell said.

Closing that political distance with “our regional constituents”, he added, also meant that barriers to intra-regional trade had to be lifted. He framed his comment in the context of the commitments to eliminate barriers to trade by regional forbearers as far back as Dickenson Bay in 1965. (more…)


LIAT pilots apologise for inconvenience, outline new agreement


BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Jun 13 2017 – The President of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIAPLA), Captain Carl Burke, has apologised to the travelling public in the Caribbean after pilots refused to fly the ATR72 aircraft operated by the regional carrier, LIAT, over salary increases.

“Well first of all, with the most recent situation which took place last week, I want to apologize to persons that were inconvenienced and I want to give them all reassurance that the pilots normally, usually exhaust all means of negotiations with LIAT . . .” Burke told WINN FM radio station here.

He told radio listeners the LIAPLA had brought in an attorney to assist it with the negotiations and that “there was a deal that was brokered in the Labour Minister’s office on the 24th of May and we thought that would have put the matter of negotiations to bed.

Read more at: Caribbean News Service 

LIAT pilots stage crippling pay protest


At the end of day one of a crippling pilots’ strike, there’s no word of a settlement to the pay impasse between management of the Antigua-based carrier and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).

This means that regional passengers – including those travelling in and out of Barbados – who are booked on LIAT flights this week, must brace themselves for the possibility of more disruption, after hundreds were caught off guard today by flight delays and cancellations.

The two parties to the current impasse held talks at the carrier’s Antigua headquarters today with the airline virtually grounded and pilots refusing to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement was reached on their previously publicized pay concerns.

The ATR 72 aircraft, which seats 48 passengers, was acquired by LIAT back in 2013 as a part of fleet modernization and overall network improvements.

Read more at: Barbados Today

High cost of intra-regional travel a problem, says Inniss

The Hon. Donville Inniss, M.P. Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service)
The Hon. Donville Inniss, M.P.
Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service)

Despite government being a 49 per cent shareholder in regional air carrier, LIAT, Industry Minister Donville Inniss has expressed concern over the high cost of intra-Regional travel, stating that it is impacting negatively on the movement of goods throughout the Region.

He made these comments today during a press conference at the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) on Harbour Road, following a five-day CARICOM trade mission aimed at increasing exports to Saint Lucia, Grenada and Guyana.

Explaining that some of the challenges identified by the BIDC in terms of regional trade lie in the area of transportation, Inniss further stated that with regard to the movement of goods throughout the region, shipping was not one of the easiest things to do nor was it the most cost effective.

Read more at: Barbados Nation