Passengers say LIAT messed up their travel plans

Disgruntled LIAT passengers have been expressing their disappointment after a strike by the airline’s pilots left them stranded at the Grantley Adams International Airport for several hours.

Leonora Pompey, a Vincentian national residing here, told Barbados TODAY she was trying to return home for the funeral of her aunt, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“I really wanted to see her face, I really wanted to go the funeral,” said Pompey, who has been at the airport since 7 a.m. She was originally scheduled to be on the 6 p.m. flight to St Vincent on Friday.

Members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) took strike action on Friday over what the airline said was the union’s disagreement with a company decision.

The company said its services have resumed and it is working to restore the scheduled flights for today.

“The airline expects to have some delays as it works to resume its full normal schedule by tomorrow November 12,” LIAT said in a statement.

Christine Francis, a Vincentian national residing in New York said she was returning home for the first time in 27 years to attend the funeral of a cousin.  Although the funeral is scheduled for Sunday, she is extremely upset about by the lack of communication from the LIAT staff.

“I came here, and nobody could tell me where to go whether left right or centre. I was so exhausted and tired,” she said.

“I don’t know if they are just going to just throw the board down again and say no flights. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing,” she added.

Another LIAT passenger who requested anonymity, told Barbados TODAY that the industrial action had completely altered her plans. The passenger who was coming from Brussels, Belgium was supposed to be on a connecting 8:30 p.m. LIAT flight to Grenada and then a JetBlue flight to New York.

“The persons going to Grenada on the same flight . . .  they are in Trinidad right now and they have to wait until 9 p.m. to get a flight to go over to Grenada but if I had chosen that I would have missed my scheduled JetBlue flight at 2:30 p.m. in Grenada,” the passenger explained.

Reeling from this bad experience and previous ones, the passenger indicated that she would not encourage anyone to travel with LIAT.

28 Responses to Passengers say LIAT messed up their travel plans

  1. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony November 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Boy u got to book and say a prayer

  2. Curtis Greenidge
    Curtis Greenidge November 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm


  3. JJ November 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Sadly this is not new news its general knownledge

  4. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson November 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Everyone should expect this stuff from liat so why fret when it happens

  5. Marnie Wilson
    Marnie Wilson November 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    u r lying

  6. Jamal Antoine Archer
    Jamal Antoine Archer November 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Tell me you are confirmed ??

  7. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep November 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    LIAT needs to be redundant by 2017 end!

  8. Marnie Wilson
    Marnie Wilson November 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I am ☺️

  9. He Boucher
    He Boucher November 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Caribbean Airlines 100%

  10. Jehovah Jireh Love
    Jehovah Jireh Love November 11, 2017 at 7:51 pm


  11. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie November 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I’m hoping inter Caribbean airways will add barbados and st Vincent to their routes soon

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison November 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      If it does it may end up like every other new airline that has started to fly Caribbean skies because LIAT investor governments will do everything to strangle it as they have done to every new airline that has actually started to fly regional and at last count they are about four or five.

    • Nicholas Mackie
      Nicholas Mackie November 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Caribbean govts are too broke to stop it now plus ICA are profitable with their existing routes so if the islands don’t want ICA they will stay where they are

  12. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison November 11, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    What’s new ?
    LIAT has been screwing over regional travellers from day one of it’s pathetic existence and has done so with the assistance of some Caricom governments namely Barbados, Antigua and St.Vincent.
    These Caribbean governments have consistently propped up what is really a failed airline to the tune of millions of USD’s annually without demanding better service or a return on investment although it has close to monopoly control of Caribbean skies along with skyrocketing prices which are comparable to US destinations.
    LIAT has become parasitic in nature and needs to be made defunct because it has never fulfilled it’s mandate to make regional travel easier or affordable plus it’s service is horrendous.
    The people of the Caribbean can no longer afford this poor excuse of an airline and it’s way past time that regional governments stop giving it preferential treatment and strangling new airline that desire to operate here.

    • BimJim November 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      If you want LIAT to change, see your Prime Minister. The shareholder Prime Ministers are the ONLY people who have the power to change the way LIAT is run.

      – Who puts political friends and family in the Board? The shareholder Prime Ministers.
      – Who demands that unqualified and inexperienced people be installed as management? The shareholder Prime Ministers.

      That LIAT is run so badly is not a mistake, the political appointees riddle the airline from the very top of the Board and down through management. The current CEO is an accountant with a background in hotels (and NOT EVEN in management). Her stated sole qualification to be CEO of LIAT is that she “loves the airline”.

      You want change, put a lash on your Prime Minister, if enough people put a lash on him something may change – but I personally doubt it.

      If LIAT were run professionally, no regional taxpayer would ever have to pull their pocket to support it. But laziness, political expediency, favours to friends and family take precedence over you and me, and the proof of that is how well your Prime Minister and his pals communicate with the average citizen… in my experience, NOT AT ALL. Have YOU ever tried? Outside of election time, I mean?

      This is not a LIALPA problem, this is not a pilot problem, this is not even a LIAT problem… this is a political problem. Pull the bumbling unaccountable irresponsible power-mad Supreme Commander Comrade Ralph Gonsalves out of LIAT’s monthly, weekly and daily affairs, install professional airline management, and watch LIAT not just survive but thrive.

      But do nothing, and watch LIAT die – while the shareholders demand more and money from YOU to try to keep it alive.

  13. Rasheed Hope
    Rasheed Hope November 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Noone is perfect so try another day.

  14. Polly Esther
    Polly Esther November 12, 2017 at 2:06 am


  15. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley November 12, 2017 at 3:50 am

    When don’t they mess up ?

  16. Tony Webster November 12, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Love It… Always Tribulations.
    Great for people wid LOW blood-pressure.

  17. milli watt November 12, 2017 at 5:46 am

    now is a good time to learn how to swim

  18. Alisa Wilson
    Alisa Wilson November 12, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Liat always on the ground more than in the air…

  19. Faith-Amber Johnson
    Faith-Amber Johnson November 12, 2017 at 8:37 am

    lool liattttt

  20. Zed Layson
    Zed Layson November 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    What else is new

  21. Nadine Grecia
    Nadine Grecia November 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

    That’s known as Protest.

  22. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis November 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Am supposing they knew what LIAT stands for i will help them its: Leaving Island At any Time.

  23. BimJim November 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

    LIAT management has ALWAYS been incompetent and abusive, and this instance is no different. A contract is a contract, an agreement is an agreement, and whether you break it in a small way or a big way you have still broken it.

    Under such circumstances the ONLY effective tool LIALPA have – that management understands — is withdrawal of services. Much like the only way to make an American understand anything is to shoot him in his wallet.

    When LIALPA walks out, such a move is not taken lightly. There may have been many small incidents and disrespects which led to the final straw. But you may be 100% sure that if LIALPA does walk out the delays and cancellations which follow are not the fault of LIALPA — they were dragged there by management.

    For example, if YOUR employer started violating YOUR rights and YOUR contractual agreements and expectations, at some point would YOU not quit or walk out? LIALPA fuilly recognises the problems caused by a withdrawal of services, but if that is what they have to do to make their point then BY LAW THAT IS THEIR RIGHT.

    So what can YOU do to make sure this does not happen again? Write, email, call and speak to YOUR Prime Minister to install PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT in LIAT for trhe first time since before 1975. “Friends and Family” is a marketing tool, not a valid way to fill senior positions in a highly technical business.

    Given my experience with Prime Ministers you will never receive a response — they seem to think when they are elected they need no longer communicate with their electorate — but at least you will have done something, and you can remember their disrespect when elections come around again.

    CHANGE is a word that needs to be forced onto LIAT – but YOU can only do that by forcing it down the reluctant throats of YOUR Prime Ministers. THEY are the ones who continue to maintain the incompetent, unqualified, ridiculous status quo. And YOU the taxpayers are the ones who pay the high price for that unqualified incompetence.

  24. Christine Taylor
    Christine Taylor November 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm


  25. F.A.Rudder November 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Once more I appeal to the L.I.A.T air crewmen! Your practices are permanent records of your activities and I.P.A makes recommendation to world airlines on potential candidates data for employment world wide.


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