LIAT services back up after crew illnesses
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, David Evans, said the airline is “managing” cancellation of flights due to a spike in the number of pilots reporting sick.
Yesterday, LIAT flights 200 and 201 were cancelled due to crew illnesses and flight 560, destined for Barbados, was also delayed for the same reason.
Speaking from Dominica, Evans said there were more than usual sick reports yesterday.
“There was a spike in crew sickness, it is a natural thing that happen to people who work, but there was a spike and we are trying to understand why, but at the moment I can’t say how much,” Evans said.
Last year the regional airline went into damage control mode following the “Summer Meltdown,” that resulted in weeks of long and inordinate delays as well as cancellations. LIAT has been under pressure to address the matter, which has been causing inconvenience to travellers across the region.
Evans said the bookings for this summer are looking good and efforts are being made to utilise all staff for all flights.
In a memo on Tuesday, LIAT staff was informed that their salaries that were due on Wednesday would be late.
The internal communiqué said, “We regret to advise that these salaries will not be paid in accordance with the usual pay cycle. However, we are expecting that the payments will be processed by June 30.”