LIAT hit by industrial action

Pilots at the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT have taken industrial action.

The company issued an advisory this morning in which it notified the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).

“In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft, the pilots have taken action to refuse to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement is reached,” the airline said.

“As a consequence of this action we have not been able to operate flights scheduled with ATR 72 aircraft at this time,” the company added.

The company said these actions have already resulted in a number of delays to services and cancellations.

“LIAT apologises for these disruptions to our passengers and their plans and wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with LIALPA to resolve any issues,” Chief Executive Officer Julie Riefer-Jones said.

LIAT and LIALPA have been at odds for several months now over the issue of an increase to pilots to fly the ATR 72 aircraft.

LIALPA had threatened to stage sit-ins and picketing at various airports late last month but industrial action was averted when Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda Steadroy Benjmain intervened.

10 Responses to LIAT hit by industrial action

  1. Mack June 7, 2017 at 10:28 am

    LIAT has a great safety record. But with all these ongoing problems passengers will soon start being concerned about flying with them. In the days when the Caribbean were all coloneies
    things used to function much better in all areas of life.

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  2. jrsmith June 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

    @,Mack , hail, hail, good shot on the button , thats when our crooked politicians were accountable to our so call colonial master this is the black , the only way this airline will function perfect is (Privatizing the same) as we all see anything our politicians touch soon start to decay………………………………………………

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    • Ras June 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      The private Airlines come and gone long time time joker smith

      Carib Express started flight operations Feb. 15, 1995 lasted 14
      months

      Caribbean Star Airline aka Allen Stanford started operations with the Dash 8 regional turboprop in June 2000. In January 2007, the airline merged with LIAT
      Stanford gone Airline gone.

      Red Jet Operations commenced on May 10, 2011 On June 8, 2012, Redjet announced its closure.

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      • Ras June 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

        We need a high speed ferry service going forward.

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  3. Peter June 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

    We need to seriously look at a high speed ferry service.
    There are such services in the UK, Canada, USA, Hawaii Canary Ialabds, Australia, New Zealand among many others. Thease services have effectively and efficiently replaced regional air travel. A high speed ferry for example ,operating between Georgetown and Bridgetwon can carry over 1500 passengers and 80 X 20 ft Alluminium containers mostly with fresh agricultural produce. Cost per passenger all seated in air conditioned first class comfort at US$ 50.00 one way that’s UAS$ 750 thousand dollars on passengers alone and each can carry two suit cases and a carry-on piece. The fuel costs is around US$ 2,000.00 one way. It takes just 3hrs and 15 minutes. one way. For just two trips or one return trip, each government can earn over US$ 1.5 million DAILY. There will be restaurants, shopping and even casino gambling on board. Now this is something Ralph bizzy Williams can initiate. can you imagine paying Bds$ 200.00 for a return trip to Guyana when LIAT charges around Bds$ 900.00 and it takes more time, @hrs to check in 1hr. to await boarding, 1hour flying time and average 1hour to clear customs, collect your only one suitcase allowed and clear customs. Study the logistics man. Go to YouTube and type in high speed ferries and blow your minds. a vessel of such will pay for itself within one year. Are we thinking ahead?

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  4. John Everatt June 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I agree with Peter’s comments entirely. This is not a new idea. Some 10 years ago a Belgian company tried to initiate a fast ferry service here in Barbados but the red tape drove that into the sea. After several years of trying that company finally gave up on us. Politically the venture was doomed from the start as I feel the players wished to protect LIAT. With the way LIAT is being run a ferry service makes even more sense today than it did 10 years ago. It would be far more efficient and serve the public with better transportation than the air service currently offers. I hope the powers that be will consider this alternative.

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  5. Milli Watt June 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    bout time this happen…….mek dem hear. I believe a Bajan running liat now. I will say that this management crowd on this island is the absolute worst, dregs a de earth. I suspect this individual has taken this petit bourgeois mentality with her and finally push back. MEK DEM HEAR !!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Tamara Roberts
    Tamara Roberts June 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Brad Harper

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  7. smiley June 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    You are not doing yourselves any good Liat is so unreliable. Pilots may not have a job soon.Flying Caribbean Airlines and AA

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  8. joan Worrell June 7, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Scrap LIAT right now. It served its purpose when Eastern Caribbean countries used Barbados as a hub to travel to North America and Europe. Those days are long gone. We are injecting millions of dollars into a non-profitable airline. The money which we spend on keeping those p[lanes in the air can be used to help pay off the national debt. Countries with a better credit rating than Barbados, refuse to pay their their share of the cost of running the airline. Home drum beats first. Say goodbye to LIAT.

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