LIAT implements fixes to alleviate flight delays and cancellations

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LIAT implements fixes to alleviate flight delays and cancellations
Brunton
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT Mr. Ian Brunton says the company is taking urgent and decisive steps to address a series of challenges which have resulted in numerous flight delays and cancellations over the past few weeks.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Brunton apologised for the inconvenience caused to the airline’s customers and assured those currently being affected that every effort is being made to get them to their various destinations safely and as quickly as possible.

He said LIAT is implementing both short and long-term fixes to alleviate the problems which have resulted in a severe strain on the airline’s operations.

“The disruptions being faced by LIAT at this time are caused by a combination of factors. These include, among other things, an increase in unscheduled maintenance at a time when our schedule calls for maximum aircraft availability; crew shortages; bad weather; airport limitations; and delays in obtaining licences for operating our new ATR aircraft in some territories,” Mr. Brunton explained.

“As a result of Tropical Storm Chantal we were forced to cancel 30 flights on July 9. Additionally, strong surface winds have been affecting our flights into and out of St. Vincent while unfavourable weather conditions have affected flights to and from Dominica.

“Airport limitations such as early closure of the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua due to runway works, the late opening of the airport in Guadeloupe, and runway lights not working at the airport in St. Kitts, have all helped to contribute to the current disruptive situation in our operation,” Mr. Brunton added.

The months of July and August are usually two of the busiest for LIAT with high volumes of vacationers and other people making trips during the summer but Mr. Brunton said due to the current challenges the airline has been unable to transport several customers to their various destinations in a timely manner.

“In light of the current challenges, I would like to appeal to our customers for their continued patience and understanding and assure you that we are doing all we can to return to normalcy in the shortest possible time,” Mr. Brunton said.

Mr. Brunton also expressed heartfelt thanks to staff throughout the LIAT network who have come under tremendous pressure in recent times, especially those employees on the frontline who have been faced with the challenges of handling the disruptions.

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  1. LIAT it's about time you get a grip and do what's necessary to satisfy your customers. It took someone 8 hours from St. Lucia to Tortola a few days ago with a malay of flights cancelled here and changing planes there and stopping here. The flight was supposed to leave at 10.15am and left at 4pm. Imagine someone hopping from one plane to the other all night long....smh. It's time you pull up your pants and buckle your belt LIAT!

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  2. The situation is so bad with trying to fly LIAT to St. Vincent that I will be arranging to fly by private plane even though it will cost me more. The convenience and being able to get a full day of work makes it worth it!!

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