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LIAT Update!

The following communication was distributed today to the membership of  The Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA). Regional travelers are happy to see this matter resolved for the moment, however, we want to see the structural problems of the airline resolved by shareholder governments. Barbados as the largest shareholder needs to take a leadership position because […]

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Document Leaked Reveals LIAT Pilots Have Requested Intervention from Labour Commissioner

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) in a letter dated 17 May 2017 requested the Labour Commissioner of Antigua Eltonia Rojas to intervene in the deteriorating relationship with its employer LIAT (1974).  The letter signed by President of LIALPA Carl Burke outlines 17 matters grouped under Health, Safety and other Industrial matters. The contents […]

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The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association Press Release – Pilots Issue Final Warning to LIAT

Press Release submitted by The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association would like to inform the General Public that its relationship with LIAT (1974) Ltd is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all time low. The Association since late 2012 has engaged LIAT in negotiations for a new […]

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LIAT Pilots Call for Sacking of Management

(St John’s, Antigua) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) unfortunately has no other choice but to call on the Shareholder Governments to remove the current LIAT management. We reluctantly make this call because we will not stand by and watch the airline’s financial health  continue to deteriorate at massive levels, to the point where […]

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LIAT’s Pilot Association Calls for Disruptive Passenger to be Punished

Press Release issued by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) (St John’s, Antigua) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) is waiting to be informed of the measures LIAT will take in dealing with the passenger who caused the disruption and cancellation of one of its flights on December 13th 2016. The passenger who […]

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LIAT Pilot Association Points to Incompetent Management

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LIALPA Calls for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABLITY – LIAT Withholds Retirement Fund Information

Submitted by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) (St John’s, Antigua) For over three (3) years, the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has been trying to overcome the stalling and delaying tactics of LIAT’s management in releasing accounting information with regards to their Retirement Funds. As recent as last December, the Company refused […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – LIAT’s Load Factor Lags Major Airlines

Attending the recently held first Caribbean Aviation Meet-Up Conference was probably one of the most productive weeks in my life. My only regret was that that many of the key decision-makers who should have been there, were not. First, both my flights from Barbados to Dominica and return departed and landed on-time, virtually to the […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Fuel Charge Adjustment

According to a statement issued recently, the 200 plus airline members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are poised to deliver a higher than forecast record profit in 2015 and should see a further earnings increase in 2016, literally ‘fuelled’ by oil prices near seven-year lows. Profits for last year are estimated at around […]

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The Beat(ing) Goes on…@LIAT

Message received from a concerned individual. LIAT passengers stranded in St. Maarten for a week, Letter from LIAT CEO. I find the CEO’s letter to be well hidden, don’t know ’bout you… does the knee-jerk Chairman have anything useless to say? Just like his Boss, a pair of mouths with hot vaporised garbage flowing out […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – The Definition of LIAT is Politics

Frankly I have employed extraordinary restraint in commenting on the subject of LIAT, because at the end of the day I believe until the politics is completely removed from the management of the airline and it is operated […]

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LIAT Continues to Rack-up Debt for Shareholders

There is a newly elected government in Guyana preceded by one in St. Kitts and there is the T&T general elections announced for 7 September 2015. It seems our governments (politicians) around the region have allowed themselves to be consumed by domestic issues and the idea […]

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LIAT, the Political Football of Caricom

A reason our little islands will never agree to fully integrate, whether under the umbrella of Caricom or some other functional arrangement, can be traced to deep insularity. Some have convinced themselves it does not exist until a Shanique Myrie or LIAT incident serve to bring it to the fore. Barbadians are aware Minister Donville […]

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LIAT’s Homecoming

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Some 180 workers at regional carrier LIAT are headed for the breadline as the airline struggles to cope with high overhead costs and a projected loss of $29.6 million. Shareholder governments today endorsed the staff cuts – to be introduced on a voluntary basis in the initial stage – as well as a plan to shift LIAT’s fleet base to Barbados in a bid to rake in more revenue by targeting the southern CaribbeanBarbados Today 13 February 2015

Has Barbados been wrong footed in this LIAT deal? Not long ago Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy made the comment about Barbados becoming the base for LIAT. Antigua was quick to respond that that would not happen. Sealy seems to have left it at that, because not one word more was said about it. Suddenly we have a meeting of LIAT’s shareholder board, and the majority of the new planes (four) will be based at Grantley Adams International Airport.

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Intra-Regional Travel is Important to Barbados

As someone who has championed intra Caribbean travel for over 40 years and invested literally hundreds of thousands of Dollars of our own money promoting – what for Barbados is still just about our third largest source market – it gives me no pleasure to observe the dramatic decline in regional arrival numbers. For the […]

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LIAT’s Woes Continue With John Maginley’s Idle Talk

Majority shareholders must remember that their junior partners will not always be their best allies.  Although the minority shareholders may initially appear to be highly cooperative, this can change rapidly for any number of reasons (change in business economic conditions, change in personal attitudes, change in personal financial situation, differences in the corporation’s business direction, […]

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LIALPA Awaits LIAT Action on ECCAA Report and LIAT Investigation.

Press Release submitted by Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association St. Johns, Antigua – March 18, 2014 – THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION awaits the recommendations of an investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of management to investigate the breach of The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation (ECCAA) regulations on November 2nd 2013 by its executive management. […]

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LIAT Threatens to Shrink Caribbean Airline Network

The board of LIAT airline is clearly feeling the pressure of mounting ongoing criticism of its consistent inability to achieve a stable business model and to provide a vital intra regional air service in the Eastern Caribbean on a reliable basis. Unfortunately, the announcements of 6th March from the LIAT chairman, Jean Holder, strongly suggest […]

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