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Industrial action forces disruption to LIAT's schedule

Friday, November 10, 2017

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — LIAT on Friday apologised to travellers after its services were disrupted by industrial action taken by members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).
“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,” said Julie Reifer-Jones, the airline's chief executive officer.

In a brief statement, LIAT said that the action by the pilots “stemmed from the union's disagreement with a company decision” on which it did not elaborate, but added that it met with the union “in an effort to quickly resolve this issue with the pilots and restore services to the travelling public.

“However our flight services still remain disrupted,” the statement noted.

Efforts to obtain a statement from LIALPA have so far proven futile.

LIAT operates across a regional network of 14 destinations. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the majority being the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.