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Prevailing seasonal high winds continue to affect some LIAT flights in Dominica and is likely to continue until mid-June.

Flights in St. Vincent are also being affected and customers are advised of the possibility of cancelled flights and delayed baggage.

The company said its aircraft have tailwind limitations, which are set by the manufacturers during the certification process, and they are therefore not permitted to take off or land when the prevailing winds are beyond these limits.

Night landings into Douglas-Charles Airport are affected by tailwinds and therefore the decision to cancel flights is taken in the interest of safety, according to LIAT.

The airline is also restricting the number of bags on the aircraft at this time of the year when wind conditions in Dominica restrict the take-off weight of aircraft.

On Tuesday, LIAT said it has taken note of comments made by a talk-show host on the Voice of Barbados Radio regarding the recent advisory about high winds in Dominica and St Vincent.

Head of corporate communications at LIAT, Desmond Brown, insists that the airlines number one priority is to run a safe and reliable operation throughout its network.

He explained that landing and taking off at certain airports in the region, either at night or during adverse weather conditions, is governed by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA).

“Currently at Dominica airport we have been experiencing tailwinds in excess of 15 knots, which is the aircraft limit for night landings/landings in adverse weather and LIAT’s aircraft are not permitted to land there beyond these limits. A similar situation exists in St Vincent,” he said.