LIAT troubles

More trouble seems to be brewing at regional airline LIAT.

Barbados TODAY understands that the company has suspended its director of flight operations Captain George Athurton, effective yesterday. This follows an incident on Saturday, November 2, 2013  in which one of LIAT’s captains, Barbadian Neil Cave, refused to operate an aircraft and was subsequently suspended.

The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority later carried out an investigation into that incident and found that the airline was in violation of certain regulations. The company was also fined for breaching of the regulations and for making two attempts to put the said aircraft into commercial operation.

Since then, the airline’s pilots association LIALPA has issued a call for the airline’s management to be sacked.

When contacted today, LIAT’s corporate communications spokesman Desmond Brown said it was an internal matter and not for public discussion.

2 Responses to LIAT troubles

  1. bimjim April 16, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Well, it’s about feckin time.

    This is the guy whose God-like management style single-handedly caused the entire pilot complement to go on “sick-out” and strand even more thousands of passengers across the entire network.

    This is the guy who suspended a Captain for rejecting an aircraft on safety grounds – and then suspended the Chairman of LIALPA for standing up for his Member. Both were subsequently reinstated by the Acting CEO – now justified by the ECCAA (aviation authority).

  2. ARG Chronicles April 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    If this report is true.. He needs to go, be fired not suspended.


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