UPDATE: Dominicans stranded in St. Kitts

Dominicans in St. Kitts
Dominicans stranded at the airport in St. Kitts

Some angry, frustrated Dominicans in St Kitts stormed LIAT’s counter at midnight Sunday after being told that their promised late night flight to Dominica had been cancelled.

This, after the 29 Dominicans who had just attended the 11th OECS Credit Union Summit in that country, had been stranded at the St. Kitt’s airport for over nine hours.

They were told that the flight to Dominica which LIAT had said would be scheduled to depart around 11.30 pm, had been cancelled because “the Melville Hall airport was closed.”

“The airport is closed and we are trying to speaking with the CEO to have it reopened to land,” a LIAT offical tried to explain to the irate passengers who were screaming “we want answers, we are tired, frustrated and hungry, take us to a hotel.”

Free-lance journalist Carlisle Jno. Baptiste, who is one of the 29, reports that it was well past midnight and after heated exchanges, when the LIAT official announced that they were making arrangements to have passengers housed at two hotels but warned, “we can’t say when you all will depart…”

The group was to have left St. Kitts at 4.50 pm Sunday on LIAT flight 511 bound for St. Maarten then onto Dominica but that flight did not materialize and according to Jno. Baptiste, the word from LIAT then was, “we will take you all home later.”

He said one LIAT official told passengers “hopefully, maybe at 11.30pm you all will depart.”

“It is just a shame the way we are being treated by LIAT, poor treatment, no communication at all. This is just not right,” Jno Baptiste told Dominica News Online last night from St. Kitts.

Just moments ago (Monday morning, August 26), Jno. Baptiste told DNO that there was still no word from LIAT as to when the group would be getting a flight back to Dominica.

“We do not know when we are leaving and we just sitting there waiting,” he said.

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145 Comments

  1. John Paul
    August 27, 2013

    Skeritt complains that workers in Dominica are late or calling in sick! I agree You cant throw out the clock in these times things must run on time .So why is He Skeritt not calling for heads to roll in LIAT top management?He keeps talking about the staff of LIAT as if they are the problem!
    His friends in High places in LIAT keep Him flying where he wants when He wants ,they even pull People off the Plane to fly Him.
    He is Cohoots with LIAT.We need a PM who will call for “Heads to roll” and invite other airlines to compete with LIAT instead of investing in LIAT

  2. Shameless
    August 27, 2013

    The problem is simple! We need a small airline in Dca with direct flights to San juan, Bdos, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Antigua. Fact remains that we need and international airport but his administration which suffers from the lack of foresight continue to believe that this landing STRIP at Melvillehall coupled with an even shittier airline that Leave Island Any Time and NEVER sometimes while totally disregarding the clients and shareholders (People of Dominica) cannot, will not and will never be viable under the current operating procedures.

    We had Cardinal and instead of subsidizing the airline for a few years until they became viable regionally we allowed politics to disengage our thought process and watched them fail. Typical Dominicans! Now our SSA bursting we all bawling but at the same time some still sining WE LOVE OUR PM. We need to take control of our destiny and remind government that they are our servants and not the other way around. But be reminded that …”Change Must Come” and that will be sooner rather than later.

  3. UDOHREADYET
    August 26, 2013

    sue them. sue them, sue them, sue them. sue them for loss of baggage, sue them for loss of time, sue them for stress, sue them for misrepresentation sue them for non performance, sue them for lack of service, sue them for the money invested and when their coffers are dry use the money to charter another airline! please sue sue them fan chou yo! just the cost of litigation will cause them to address their issues with service, if they don’t pay they will never respect Dominicans. their is always another way, with only 1 or 2 flights t DA every day, we can lease 6 planes, hire foreign pilots on contract until Dominican pilots are trained. 2 planes with 4 backups, 2 fuel tanks for fueling 1 small tanker to bring in the fuel. do the numbers liberate us from this disgraceful tragedy of an airline let them know we can grow our economy by investing in our people.

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 26, 2013

      break them before they break us!

  4. Larchmont, NY
    August 26, 2013

    It is time for Liat to get some good competition, to dissolve the company.

  5. marion
    August 26, 2013

    hope when the uwp wins ,,dno will only print good things about them. i am waiting we all aint stupid

  6. Why 29 candidates
    August 26, 2013

    Why is the credit union sending 29 Candidates to a conference, why should Members pay the cost. is this an effective use of credit union funds – that is the important question???

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 26, 2013

      I know why but I’m not telling you… why because it’s NON OF YOUR BUSINESS!!

    • Credit Unionist
      August 26, 2013

      They are representing different credit unions.

      • Manager
        August 27, 2013

        One or two employees could have attended the conference. On their return, they could have a national meeting inviting the other intended staff for the conference. Clearly, this is an action of misappropriation of credit union funds.
        lets work together effectively to build Dominica. Spend less and build more.

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  7. Grand bay people
    August 26, 2013

    I checking send a booze-I in the liat office and demostrate for better services………..and respect..

    • itassi4us
      August 26, 2013

      and u find u making sence? grow up!!

  8. Asterix
    August 26, 2013

    Do you remember this just last week?
    “In the present circumstance what we need is a greater sensitivity on the part of LIAT,” he said.

    Skerrit pointed out that the staff of LIAT must ‘rise to the occasion’ in what he described as ‘challenging times.’

    “In challenging times you don’t want them to become too despondent and to abandon their responsibilities,” the prime minister said. “All of us in these circumstances must stick together and to see how we can minimize the impact on the traveling public.”

    Skerrit said the airline can be criticized but he asked to what end.

    “We can criticize, but to what end,” he stated. “You have a company like LIAT traveling through the region at a time when you have more people traveling than at any time. It will place a certain amount of stress.”

    • Credit Unionist
      August 26, 2013

      Mr Skerrit does not go through the uncomfortable situation with LIAT so he can say anything. Who feels it knows it.
      He hires a jet to take him from point A to B. He travels LIAT when it convenient to him. The ordinary traveler does not have that luxury.

  9. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    we need another airline in the caribbean beside liat.Liat sucks right now

  10. Black Pearl
    August 26, 2013

    These unfortunate situations will continue to happen as long as LIAT monopolizes inter-island flights combined with the absence of an international airport on Dominica. There should be no more excuses, the government needs to bite the bullet and start planning for at least a medium-sized international airport. This should be our BIG PROJECT. Despite the Prime Minister’s achievements, the fact that little progress has been made on the construction of an international airport his legacy would be considered a failure.

    • beholder
      August 26, 2013

      Dream on. There is not enough traveling population to warrant an expensive expansion of our airport. And no place to extend the runway.
      How many 117 passenger flights do you think are warranted for inter island travel or a direct flight from say Miami, Houston or Newark per week? Do you know what it costs to fuel and mid size Airbus ( old model still in service costs $70 Million US) plus maintenance and an upgrade in the personnel capable of flying it.

      All of this does not excuse the dismal service provided by LIAT. If this airline were run efficiently, it could serve everyone on time and perhaps even turn a profit. This airline has some serious systemic problems, And the nations it serves need to address it for their own survival.

  11. Big Teeth
    August 26, 2013

    Take it easy Dominicans! That’s our National airline. Our lovely government dictated that instead of an international airport!!! Enjoy Sugar City!

  12. Arab
    August 26, 2013

    Liat needs to work with people better than that. There are still people who fly from out of the region to other islands and then into Dominica. They will start look for other options like taking the boat etc. shape up before a new investor comes in and does better.

  13. Mamaguy
    August 26, 2013

    And worst yet is how stupid the LIAT workers are!!! Someone is bound to lose their sanity one day and give them whats coming for them…

  14. neutral
    August 26, 2013

    I hope LIAT’s behaviour does not affect the World Creole Music Festival. The DHTA needs to look for an alternative to LIAT.

    • "O" STRESS"
      August 26, 2013

      It already did! trust me. No one will admit as usual. Spin, Spin, but I for one will miss the W.C.M.F. for the first time and I know of at least one hundred more persons that always travel to our lovely Island but not this time. Shame, shame, and a great loss to our economy and that’s just the tip of it all. Stay tuned.

  15. I love my liat!
    August 26, 2013

    Liat is sitting… sayaing talk allu talk…We can still do whatever we want ahahaha…I think we ALL understand break downs and what not of LIAT but could they ATLEAST Have some respect and treat their customers better is all…

    I’m sure with proper service… there would not be much of a storm..

    LIAT PEOPLE ARE VERY ARROGANT, IGNORANT! HITTY TITTY FOOLS! Who doesn’t give a damn about other people… is time someone sue them… especially when you pay big money for something… you book in advance… you prepare everything in advance and YET you still miss what you was suppose to go to because of them…

    It could be your

    1) day of school
    2) A cruise
    3) another connecting airline…

  16. My Island Dominica
    August 26, 2013

    who ever is organizing LIAT schedules for their plane routes seems like they are pulling these stuff out of their butts and whichever one comes out they line them up… and just close there eyes and put them in whichever other they point on first.

    trust me it’s terrible treatment… after they leave people stranded they still wanna be rude on it… I can understand the Delays and what not but MY GOD you could at least be nice to the people that are using your service…they are the ones helping you eat.

    I remember when I was stranded in antigua… and barbados… when the Liat people said (they are not sure where your plane is so we don’t know what time they are coming) I did not threat nor was I angry…By now we should know Liat…so there was no point in being angry…( I mean I saw 4 different Islands I have seen before I liked it)

    But when I got to the hotel OH MY GOODNESS the service…Liat told the people that 20 people was coming… over 50 people came… and no food…

    the people in the hotel said… 20 people so 20 plates of food and they can’t give more food…people with children who came mins 2 two in the morning didn’t get any food… they refused to give them something to eat.

    I don’t understand how a company can be SO disorganized it’s beyond me to be honest.

  17. serous?
    August 26, 2013

    Winair soon come, just boycoT LIAT when possible.

  18. ahms
    August 26, 2013

    I had similar experience with LIAT. We had to arrange our own boarding and meal. LiAT staffs are the least courteous, rude and adamant.

  19. Concerned
    August 26, 2013

    Everybody keeps posting that an international airport will solve the problems.

    One needs a certain amount of air traffic to support an international airport. Dominica doesn’t have enough people coming and going to support this. The idea of “build it and they will come” likely isn’t true either.

    Now, if the government would work hand in hand with the the island’s entrepreneurs to provide a happy and satisfying experience for our visitors then we could build on that foundation and maybe an international airport would work. All of us would benefit with more jobs and income.

    Right now I just don’t see it.

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

      • orchid
        August 27, 2013

        Also, where there is TOO MUCH SQEWED VISION the people still perish. If we cannot take a vision or idea and work through it, check the pros and cons, list priorities, choose from alternatives and follow workable direction, we get nowhere. I suggest we start putting some good ideas in our comments and hopefully, someone may eventually use them.

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    • small minded people
      August 26, 2013

      With an international airport development and the marketing of this facility, we can expect a significant increase in stay over tourist arrivals.with the increase in stay over tourists and the resulting increased demand for hotel amenities,taxi services, food as well as enhanced opportunities for farmers to sell their products locally. . The opportunities to make money in agriculture results not only from selling locally, but also with the new airport, freight charges for airlifting goods to foreign markets is likely to be less than it is now. thus an intl airport has the ability to create employment in a number of fields..

    • My Island Dominica
      August 26, 2013

      the reason why we don’t have air traffic is because off our airport and the travel is very expensive to come here…. secondly, what’s the point of coming to dominica for a route to me transferred…so to obtain air traffic we need a better airport… it’s obvious….

      so right now it’s kind of a “build it and they will come” method we have to approach

      • ricki
        August 27, 2013

        the whole island will crumble under mismanaged infrastructure and corruptness in 36 months. It’s a sinkhole starting to swirl….

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    • neutral
      August 26, 2013

      I thought night landing meant 6pm to 6am.Anyway, times are changing.Are we still going to remain mentally stuck in the in the 60’s? there should be no debate over the need for an international airport,it is long overdue.Here’s this, 20 years ago people could get jods with basic proficiency in their subjects. Now it’s useless.there is no value to it.General proficiency is demand.Well, our little airport is “basic”.its usefullness is limited, unlike an international airport which is “general” and the possibilities are endless.

    • Mamize
      August 26, 2013

      You wont see it if you dont get your “catarat” cut. Is Labour party supporters that can not see pass their noses.

      A Vision-less people… its a pity

  20. really n truely
    August 26, 2013

    Beggars are no choosers! But MelvilleHall need to be 24hrs. Why all the money spent on Night landing and then we turn around and close the airport? If LIAT WANT the airport open, open the airport. Get immigration out of their lazy bed. Emergency services already 24hrs.

  21. dboss
    August 26, 2013

    FED WITH LIAT!!!!!! -ASA VOICE-

  22. J.J.John-Charles
    August 26, 2013

    Also stopped in St Kitts

  23. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    My dear people this is not about us not having an international airport. This is about an airline that has taken passengers for a ride for too dam long now. LIAT executives obviously are not strategic thinkers, obviously cannot go to a Plan B (that’s if they even have one).

    • small minded people
      August 26, 2013

      with an international airport other airline agencies will have the ability to make their services more available to our people

    • The Authorities
      August 26, 2013

      …and if plan B fails, we have 24 more letters in the alphabet….

      • Disgusted..
        August 26, 2013

        LIAT authorities can’t use the alphabet any more cause they have exhausted with their tardiness and blatant excuses …. There are no more letters in the alphabet to use anymore for they have used them all for the wrong reasons..

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  24. Disgusted..
    August 26, 2013

    LIAT tells me they are not responsible for international flights.. So tell me why must I fly with an airline who leaves island anytime to make any sort of connections when the cost of the missed connections due to LIAT tardiness, is mine… How do they work that math? Close down ,,, LIAT needs to close up shop give someonelse to run a proper and reliable service. There is no reason y an airline should pride itself in being late majority of times … Or never present due to cancellation. I don’t care how much good customer service you think you may have the button line is people are fed up and frustrated with LIAT lousy crappy service… No one pays a ticket to sit in an airport for hours to hear excuses and nothing more frustrating to get that flight cancelled with no garauntee of a departure. Now what nonesense talk about Dominica airport closed.. You are going to blame the Melville airport staff for the consequences of your tardines? Really liat? Now you all know the status with the airport and its hours of operations.. Y should the airport staff go out their way to cover ur blonder yet again? i feel sorry for these dominicans stuck out there… Start speaking the truth to the people liat and stop treating us like dumb idiots. Cause we see right through you.. Time people stop making excuses for U LIAT and cover up ur blunders. Face the music. Pay for these accommodations. One day when u run bankrupt due to too many outstanding debts and your expenditure is much greater than your income mayb den your doors will close. But wait I forgot u all have the Governments there to cut the ropes from around LIAT neck all the time… … So I guess you have no reason to stop your incompetence and lousy service cause you have the governments of the Caribbean to bail you out every time you go in financial crisis… So yes the people have every right to make noise, cause they paid for a service and be it Dominica or st kitts.. They expect an efficient service….cause god knows LIAT tickets don’t come cheap… We can’t even use the phrase cheapness is worries…. Get ur act together… Before you get someone really really angry.. Stop taking the Caribbean for granted and for a ride…

  25. Lu-Belle
    August 26, 2013

    Never … Ever … fly LIAT!!! They don’t give a damn for their customers and don’t seem to mind having a terrible reputation. In fact, they’re actually proud of being horrible and uncaring … people talk about them!!! Negative advertising, but better than nothing, I suppose. Time to boycott LIAT everyone. Just stop buying tickets.

  26. cc
    August 26, 2013

    How does the tourism industry expect to reach its goal,of bringing in 90 thousand tourists to DA with Liats service the way it is?

  27. J.J.John-Charles
    August 26, 2013

    When P.M. Skerritt commented on LIAT last week,I said he is free to say what he want,because he is not one of us,he travels first class.

    My wife and I paid LIAT us$1928.00 to take us(including our son and daughter)from San Juan to Dominica July 19 and from DA. back to San Juan August 6.On our way back to the U.S.we arrived at the air port 1 hour and 45 minutes before departure time yet we were told “You are too late”.After asking the gentleman to explain the statement of his,he said the truth is “We are over booked, and I am telling you the truth we cannot guarantee you seat for the rest of this month.After a long and heated debate he told us we can leave tomorrow evening at 7:30, overnight in Antigua,spend the whole day in St. Martin, and arrive San Juan later in the night. Anyway since we missed our flight on jet blue from San Juan to Newark International Airport (NJ), we had to pay a penalty fee of us$170 each person (which amounts to US$680. We left Dominica Wednesday night, Stopped in Guadeloupe, overnight in Antigua, spend the whole day in St.Martin,and finally dropped us in Puerto Rico.
    We finally reached home in NJ 5:55am Friday. In all we had to spend an extra US$800 plus.We also had to pay more for taxi because our original flight for Tuesday was to land at Newwark airport NJ,because of Liat we landed JFK NY.
    Ok, Liat did pay the taxi to take us back to Melville Hall and paid the hotel in Antigua, but the extra US$800, we had to foot the bill.

    In August 10,2011, my wife was booked to travel from Melville Hall to Antigua and take a connecting flight with Continental Airlines at 2pm to N.J. The plane landed at the Melville Hall but could not travel because of mechanical problems. So she had to remain in Dominica for an extra two days and paid Continental airlines an extra US$395 because the only seat available was first class. The guy at Liat gave me a voucher for $200EC for taking her back to the airport because it was their fault. After two years we have yet to receive a black cent from Liat

    So P.M. SKerritt, you can talk, but we have to pay.

  28. yanif Ducreay
    August 26, 2013

    My wife and daughter are still in Puerto rico after liat was 5 hours late leaving from Melville hall yesterday. They had no way of making their connecting flights to USA. Liat fail to put them up in a hotel and fail to finance the rest of the trip to their destination. my 4 year old and wife are crying at the Liat counter and they refuse to give them a place to stay. There was no wheather issues, there was no explanation for the tardiness. Liat just sux. Now I have to drive to new jersey to pick them up…..pure rubbish. They really Leave Island At any Time.

  29. gwaj
    August 26, 2013

    I was supposed to come for a funeral and the last resort was LIAT. I decided not to fly. That badA :( No closure for me but I would rather be at my home than stuck in an airport somewhere for 4 days and still miss the funeral – which I know would have happened with LIAT.

  30. Jennifer
    August 26, 2013

    That’s a shame. The airport is close ? Huh what about the night flight thing home oh gad u mean is so we come in Dominica I really think is time liat retire our get different manangement cause that business is. Not well operate

  31. jokes
    August 26, 2013

    Personally Carlisle… if i vex and in that situation.. DOH TAKE NO EFFIN PICTURE OF ME EH!!! before i break your camera! Especially if i sleeping

  32. Pestle
    August 26, 2013

    Oh my Christopher is stuck, on the bright side Christopher is very entertaining.

    • Desy
      August 26, 2013

      I was saying to myself,when I saw the pic…”now I wonder how Christopher is going to entertain these people”.

      • Pestle
        August 26, 2013

        I am sure he will, Christopher knows how to entertain..

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  33. big
    August 26, 2013

    WHY DONT WE BRING BACK CARIBBEN STAR :lol: :-D :-P

    • Jazzy Jeff
      August 26, 2013

      We cant bring it back because the stupid leaders we follow in the caribbean went and beleived America with their lies that Allan Stanford was dirty……….Boy lemmie hush eh before I start stupes

  34. Homecoming
    August 26, 2013

    Oh my my my my, Liat strikes again. Travelling to Dominica is becoming more and more unattractive, given that we are now looking to tourism as one of our mainstays I would say that something needs to be done asap. One really has to want to visit the island to make the sacrifice. What a shame. Can you say International Airport?

  35. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 26, 2013

    Waitt Liat.. Gregor Nassief for prime minister skerro step down now.

  36. in house
    August 26, 2013

    I WILL SAY IT IN TWO WORDS OVER AND OVER AGAIN …..WE NEED AN ” INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT .!” SMALLER ISLANDS HAVE IT WHY CANT WE ….we have more people overseas than a lot of islands who have one …we should have build that international airport since 1970….but somebody spend the money…

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      mamo did

      • Annonymoustoyou
        August 26, 2013

        No PJ did…get it right.

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  37. Rule
    August 26, 2013

    Didn’t Skerrit paid $8 million dollars to Liat as a share holder? And all he does is write a letter in this regard? 8 million dollars should hold a little more weight than that.

    Allu PM taking you guys for a ride.

    • Dominican in NJ
      August 26, 2013

      What do you suggest he do, go fly the plane himself? Silly!

  38. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    You peolpe seem not to remember what LIAT stands: Leave Island at AnyTime. if it can. lololo

  39. August 26, 2013

    That is why i will stay where i am cause the last time i went to Dominica i had such a horrible experience with my children my vacation was ruined from the beginning when i landed with no luggage. Liat have no class and don’t know how to deal with their passengers. Someone needs to teach them a lesson that they NEVER forget.

  40. PRO
    August 26, 2013

    Liat again change your name Late

  41. dafriend
    August 26, 2013

    It’s not getting any better! This airline simply does not care and carries on with it’s pathetic service. Let us all boycott this sorry excuse of an airline if at all possible. The only way to hurt them is in their pockets.
    I’ve just listened to the manager of Liat in Dominica when he was interviewed on DBS. Guess what, excuses, excuses, excuses…it’s the fault of the airport authority in Dominica who would not open the airport for Liat. Imagine that…how low can you get to find stupid excuses to sell to the public.

  42. 2 CuTe
    August 26, 2013

    Stay Calm and wait for Liate

  43. labor
    August 26, 2013

    why cant you enjoy beautiful st.kitts on liat account. guess carlise want to be on Q95 talking s.

  44. Big Teeth
    August 26, 2013

    Take it easy Dominicans! That’s our National airline. Our lovely government dictated that instead of an international airport!!! Enjoy Sugar City!

  45. IamHis
    August 26, 2013

    Wow: LIAT: “Leave Island Any Time”. That was what we Dominican students who went to study in the US used to say in the 80’s. You mean in 2013, it is even worse. I was in DA last year. So as not to “blow a gasket” or raise my blood pressure. I did not even worry when the flight was delayed for 2 hours in Antigua. International Airport is the answer for Dominica. Let’s pray fervently for God to answer our prayer for that International Airport wherever in DA. My friend from St. Vincent spent 3 days in Trinidad trying to get to the US because LIAT messed up the flight. Talk about she got flack from her employer…..For me, it’s important that we arrive alive, but my real take is LIAT: “Leave It At That”.

  46. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Is that Matilda or Rhoda lying on the bench. I am so sorry but my flight from St Kitts to Barbados via LIAT was very much on time on Saturday. I was in shock and awe when the flights were announced out of St Kitts and Barbados.

  47. NYC
    August 26, 2013

    Liat at it’s best. But my friends an international airport cannot prevent delays. You give us liat and we will give Delta or USair. Never mind i would not even give you a kite for liat.lol

  48. mee1
    August 26, 2013

    Welcome to LIAT’S World.

  49. John
    August 26, 2013

    KFC is better than an international airport… Enjoy y’all licks for voting for the shoe party… Vote UWP. Lennox Linton for PM.

  50. Proud
    August 26, 2013

    I think it is time for this witch hunt to stop. We need to stop jumping on the band wagon without thinking things out. LIAT has attempted to get new plane to improve on their service. As with everything else they are going through the teething pains so people need to have a litle more patience. GIVE LIAT A BREAK. Those of us who have traveled on international flights know that the same thing always happens with international carriers. Just recently I checked the airfare on another airline for a flight from the VI to Dominica. It is almost US$800. LIAT’s fare remains at under US$500. GIVE LIAT A BREAK INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THOSE WHO OBVIOUSLY HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA.

  51. No Man Is God
    August 26, 2013

    Being fed an unhealthy meal and refused water, liat is incredible. We definitely need an alternate airline in this region.

  52. Susie
    August 26, 2013

    My Aunt left Dominica on Thursday August 22nd bound for St thomas. she did not make it there till Sunday August 25th and she had to go thru Tortola to get to St Thomas. She spent thursday night Friday and saturday night in Antigua because Liat advised that the Pilot called in sick, then they said the pilots could not fly the plane that was available. aparently Liat had to charter a plane from anguilla to come to Antigua to take them to Tortola and then take the ferry from Tortola to St Thomas. Really??? That is really horrible. Liat you need to do something better than that and do it quick.

  53. cc
    August 26, 2013

    How does Skerrit expect Dcans to show sensitivity towards Liat, when they continue to treat passengers line this? Steupes

  54. mamizoo
    August 26, 2013

    I hope the festival committe is making plans to facilitate travel for people who are coming to Dominica for the festival.
    I understand that this LIATE fiasco is here for a while.

  55. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Liat is Leave Island Any Time.
    Land Island Any Time
    what people expect.

  56. Doc. Love
    August 26, 2013

    I am not hurt neither do I wish to sympathise with any Dominican that get themselves stranded at any airport. They were the ones who voted for the Skerrit labor Party Government, when the United Workers Party had everything in place to build an International Airport. Dominicans love their Prime Minister, therefore, what are they crying for, take it.

  57. Channel 1
    August 26, 2013

    Sorry about what has happened to those who are stranded.

    But y’all, this is not the norm. More than likely, most LIAT flights get to their destination the same day……….you might get their late but at least you get in.

    Operating Rule 1 – If you intend to travel on LIAT, don’t leave Point A today for an important appointment or meeting today at Point B.

    Operating Rule 2 – If possible, choose flights that enable you to have a # of hours between connections so as to enable you some time to play with in the event of delays.

  58. Friend
    August 26, 2013

    I love my liat……no service, slow service….lost baggage, high prices, no respect, old planes…..I could go on for days..so let me sum it up for you…you all are black so Liat does not have to provide you with good or even acceptable service…spell liat backwards and what do you get? Enough said!!!!!!!

  59. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    ALASS

  60. Simple
    August 26, 2013

    I feel sorry for you folks. It’s a shame on LIAT. This reminds me of my night in Puerto Rico on my way to JFK a few weeks ago when I selpt in the Airport till 2:00 am. I know how you feel.

  61. My take
    August 26, 2013

    It is little wonder that LIAT flights are so expensive.

    Are you telling me that to get to Dominica from St. Kitts one has to go to St. Maarten and then back on to Dominica?

    This makes absolutely no sense at all.

  62. Shameless
    August 26, 2013

    Just wait until Skerro get a hold of Carlisle for exposing LIAT. Carlisle should know that he cannot and should not bad talk LIAT because papa Skerro think they are doing just fine and just having a few “minor ” problems. Boy Carlisle get ready for the wrath of of Skerro. :mrgreen: . But remember “Change Must Come” and that also applies to LIAT.

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  63. Bee
    August 26, 2013

    Remember folks Skerrit just invested a few million in LIAT so that makes us shareholders…. Maybe eventually in our great grand children’s time LIAT will finally be able to turn over a profit and Dominica will benefit LOL. In the mean time continue towards the next level.

  64. Me again
    August 26, 2013

    I don’t know of any family member that is not totally disappointed with LIAT and our terrible airport condition in DA; and my family is huge. I have had too many ruined vacations because of LIAT and our lack of a proper airport. It’s either flight getting cancelled or plane can’t land in DA because of rain. Our Dominica is a beautiful island and I love my country, but lord knows, I am beginning to realize that there are other beautiful islands in other parts of the world besides the Caribbean.

  65. Dominican by birth
    August 26, 2013

    There are also people stranded in Antigua for days thanks to Liat also

  66. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Sue dem! Seriously “we feed u already” When a flight is cancelled causing passengers to stay overnight, a hotel accomodation is supposed to be organised and payed for by LIAT. Making there customers sleep on benches in the airport and giving them KFC. Allu really overdoing it now.

  67. Jazzy Jeff
    August 26, 2013

    UPDATE!!!!!! After hearing nothing from LIAT at 11PM or 11:30PM. The passangers got agitated and finally at 12:50 PM the flight was cancelled and the group taken to a hotel…..This is totally unaceptable “HEADS MUST ROLL!!!!!

  68. wells
    August 26, 2013

    From my own personal view the governmeent of dominica shouldn’t invest a dam cent in this airline. But rather allowed others to compete with them in this case we will have competition among them and the fee for travelling will become less to hell with his jerk airline the entire management has to go its a dam shame every week is the same incident. And nothing seems to change.when bthe pressure is realy on the executives coes with their rhetoric.

  69. Discombobulated
    August 26, 2013

    This is how Caribbean people suffer with no compensation. Not one dime. Not a penny.

    But what I saying there nuh? No even an apology, much less for refund and recovery of lost monies. Don’t mention destress caused by that ridiculous airline.

    One day the wrong passanger will be affected n Liat will definitely be taken to the cleaners. Is it because Caribbean people are too lenient? They don’t bother taking liat to court. Mainly because they cannot afford it. But I think the time will come

  70. aa
    August 26, 2013

    My next trp to dominica will be via martinique and sail. Hopefully the boat will b on time.

  71. Cyrique
    August 26, 2013

    Liat again??? I suppose they’re of the opinion that their clients need them more than they need their clients. Very poor service!!!!

  72. MAHAUT
    August 26, 2013

    We need an international Airport, Liat needs some competition

  73. Cza
    August 26, 2013

    Doh worry Mann Skerrit gonna buy red jet for dominica lllooolll

  74. BRAIN DAMAGE
    August 26, 2013

    Skerrit or some other government officials needed to taste that fat from LIAT to know Dominica is in need of a better Regional Airport, and next level International Airport.

  75. Tdot
    August 26, 2013

    Where Asa on that one nah? PART 2
    I hate liat!!! Unfortunately have to deal with them still God knows when.

  76. anonymous2
    August 26, 2013

    LIAT is a disgrace as an airline. They need to take lessons from Jetblue and Singapore airlines.

    Instead of investing in LIAT the govt. should be investing in either a charter airline or a ferry. LIAT is a losing proposition.

  77. Justice and Truth
    August 26, 2013

    This is shocking and the attitude of staff, saying that we already fed you. It makes me angry with LIAT.
    LIAT treats passengers as second class people. Even then, no passengers should be treated in this manner. LIAT does not deserve to be in business. OUT WITH YOU LIAT!
    What poor service on the part of LIAT and poor customer service of LIAT’s staff. This staff is not worthy of the position of C.S.
    Is this treatment deliberate on the part of LIAT? Getting back at Dominicans for complaining about its poor service? Dominicans, keep complaining about LIAT’s poor service! Do not let up! Go viral with it.
    I do think something should be done about this, not on the government’s level but to sue LIAT for an exorbitant sum of money, for the number of times flights have been late, causing passengers to be late as well and no doubt causing them to miss other flights and appointments.
    LIAT YOU SHOULD BE SUED, once and for all!
    Please permit me to further inform you that Canadian airlines and others, if late, more than four hours (more or less), will be charged $90,000. This is for the overall inconvenience to passengers. It is a new Law.
    LIAT is overdoing it. SHAME ON YOU LIAT! A Court case should be looming for you.
    New airline please, to give LIAT competition and put it out of business. Passengers have suffered enough.
    I had discussed LIAT’s poor service with someone who informed me this has been ongoing for over 50 years!
    LIAT! If you cannot measure up to rectifying your poor service, please get out of the business. You do not deserve to be in business. Everyone of you concerned deserve to be fired. You have projected your incompetency. You do not deserve to serve the public. You do not deserve to serve the public – passengers.

  78. Screw LIAT!!!.
    August 25, 2013

    Never Me to come back to Dominica because if LIAT, my whole vacation in Dominica was Erased because of them..

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      My oh my… thinking of traveling to Dominica soon but reading all these bad customer experiences with LIAT got me thinking twice. Is LIAT the only major airline serving Dominica right now?

      • August 26, 2013

        I’m not sure I’d call LIAT a major anything, other than a major pain in the neck. The other airline serving Dominica is Seaborne, which connects us to San Juan.

        My dream scenario is that someday a low cost carrier like Spirit adds a nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Melville Hall.

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  79. hate liat
    August 25, 2013

    But how after all dont u wanna enjoy our lovely st kitts/

    • ..
      August 26, 2013

      I can enjoy St.Kitts on my own, but not compliments of LIAT

  80. Karret
    August 25, 2013

    “ONE WORD” = INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      How would an international airport help you from St Kitts???? Lol

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      How would that have helped

    • Papamet
      August 26, 2013

      How is an international airport going to solve Liat’s problem? All the islands with international airports are experiencing the same issues with Liat. Liat can land at any time in DA so think before you talk.

    • troll queen
      August 26, 2013

      What difference does an international airport make, when LIAT is the main carrier in the Islands? Would British Airways or Virgin Atlantic carry ppl from Antigua to Dominica??? 8-O 8-O

    • NONSENSE
      August 26, 2013

      Why some of you all cant keep your mouth shut????

      Are you going to finance the International airport? Are you gonna bring forth increase in Pax?

      And tell me what if the International Airport is saving SKB ANU BGI SXM and all the others from this fiasco???

      grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr some of you all are just so….

      • Build
        August 26, 2013

        But SVG Build one, why can’t we?..

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    • Anon
      August 26, 2013

      two words actually

  81. mary
    August 25, 2013

    one little day and allu complaining?

    • Cza
      August 26, 2013

      One

    • SweetD
      August 26, 2013

      Do you want to spend your entire day at an airport while holding on to empty promises when your flight was booked in advance?

  82. annoyed
    August 25, 2013

    The next level take that! Allu lives will be that way until we have an International Airport

    • The Authorities
      August 26, 2013

      We The Authorities have no intention to build an International Airport in Dominica, so please stop wasting your time.

      With an International Airport, Dominicans in the diaspora would be able to fly to Dominica to vote then return to their place of residence all in the same day. There is no way we could remain in power.

      In the meantime, we will continue to support LIAT in any way possible. That’s what politics is all about.

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      August 26, 2013

      If my memory serves me properly – who prevented the Americans from helping us build an International Airport in the time Of President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Eugenia Charles?

      Anyway international airports fly planes nuh?

      Aren’t we all now waiting in internationals airports? Therefore delays do occur at international airports who would have thought so.

      Just thought a little soul searching and humor could help us relax as we await our flights. Think of sea and sand and beautiful Dominica as you wait. I do.

  83. The Authorities
    August 25, 2013

    We the Authorities at LIAT are having difficulties and continue to ask the public to be patient.

    Currently these Dominican passengers have no alternative but to wait for the next available LIAT flight. We fed them more than they expected, and they would be happy to spend the night in St Kitts on the newly painted airport benches.

    Dominicans are used to horrible customer service at home, so we can assure you that we at LIAT are doing our best to make them feel at home.

    • Am just saying
      August 25, 2013

      That is soooo wrong lmao

    • rescue 911
      August 26, 2013

      i like your sense of humor. :lol:

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      thats a very disrespectful statement, i am from DA because of ur statement i will never travel on liat again,

    • aa
      August 26, 2013

      This must b a fup. Can’t believe a member of liat workers wiuld write such CRAPPY stuff.

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      This statement is poor in nature and the language is pure rubbish. If LIAT had the competition where they would strive to make things better, they would buckle up. During last year and this year, I traveled via LIAT to Dominica three times, and I did not receive my luggage when I arrived or departed. I received my luggage three days later. Enough is enough. LIAT should step up; shape up or shut up.

    • Aish
      August 26, 2013

      I like that one.
      LMAO!!!!

    • Me again
      August 26, 2013

      Be careful. LIAT can sue you for this.

    • NONSENSE
      August 26, 2013

      Liat yáll just RATCHETT!!! Disrespectful and have no regards for your customers and their HARD EARNED money.

      The company’s offices needs to be purged, start clean with some fresh minds. while ALL of you all take a back seat. Go work the line.

      I remember that first xmas vacation to Dominica. You all had me sleep in antigua, sent my bags to Dominica and had to nerve to tell me that the next avaialable flight was in two weeks. And your staff member insulted when i asked how Im I to remain in the same clothes all day by stating that i was nasty and should have washed my clothes overnight. God Knows where i would have done dat.

      Well after the police was almost called in and a few of us got violent and disrespectful we were sent on our way to Dominica. Moving forward I paid American Airlines-Eagle extra $100+ to get where i was going. Now I will do the same with Seaborne and any other who comes around.

      Sleep on “newly painted benches”??? Now that’s disrespectful.

      Sorry for those who dont have a choice but to endure this rubbish.

    • Listening
      August 26, 2013

      LOL

    • Dan Tanner
      August 26, 2013

      And what is LIAT’s excuse for overbooking us, thus costing us US$320, and not even bothering to reply to our letters or e-mail about it? LIAT is mismanaged. Resign.

    • tsavanne
      August 26, 2013

      Lol..you’re right customer service does not exist in Dominica.

    • LIAT is car
      August 26, 2013

      Patient? Doesn’t liat know any other word? I have flown with LIAT and I was irate… That is a stupid ignorant comment to make…. I don’t care how bad it is in Dominica but I don’t think dey will b enjoying an airport for surely that’s not st kitts… Yes make damn noise self.. Is high time LIAT gets dere house in order.. Dats crap! Dey need to start getting sued!

    • LIAT is crap!
      August 26, 2013

      Patient? Doesn’t liat know any other word? I have flown with LIAT and I was irate… That is a stupid ignorant comment to make…. I don’t care how bad it is in Dominica but I don’t think dey will b enjoying an airport for surely that’s not st kitts… Yes make damn noise self.. Is high time LIAT gets dere house in order.. Dats crap! Dey need to start getting sued!

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  84. sunshine
    August 25, 2013

    Yeah it is very shameful. Poor us Dominicans. If is LIAT i have to travel on for my connecting flight to Dominica well sad to say Dominica will never see my face. My sister was in the same dialmia coming home from Dominica to the U.S.and got stranded in Antigua and Liat
    failed to take responsibility for that. People needs to start sueing this Airline called LIAT.

    Antigua. Way, Way ,Way Shame on you all LIAT.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 25, 2013

      You mean ‘dilemma’?

      • And Your point
        August 26, 2013

        Okay Albert Einstein, you so smart with and your point is well taken.

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      • sunshine
        August 26, 2013

        Yes my english teacher. That was a spelling error. go back to your class now justice and truth and teach your students. Thanks for your correction.

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  85. Anonymous
    August 25, 2013

    By the way LIAT flight 510 should have left St. Kitts at 4:50 pm. Its now 11:11pm and we are still there.

    • rescue 911
      August 26, 2013

      well all you not leaving st kitts .maybe tomorow but pas oswaila

  86. Truth be told
    August 25, 2013

    Shame on list. As a matter of fact, they were expected to leave at 4:40 and not 5:40. They must do better than that. Sah say mordara

  87. Anonymous
    August 25, 2013

    eh beh LIAT sa la par feb!!!! le ban modarra!!

  88. Anonymous
    August 25, 2013

    lait late again
    :( :wink: :cry:

  89. anonymous
    August 25, 2013

    and?

  90. onlooker
    August 25, 2013

    weh liat weh liat

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