The Leeward Island Air Transport reported Friday that it is suspending all passenger services for the next fourteen days due to the impact of COVID-19.
The airline will only operate charters and cargo flights during this period.
Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, Julie Reifer Jones says the imposition of travel bans and border closures had ground regional travel to a halt.
She says the company tried to maintain a limited schedule; however, the present conditions make this impossible.
As a result, the company has implemented a temporary suspension of passenger services from April 4th for a period of 14 days in the first instance.
Reifer Jones says the suspension will be reviewed after the first fourteen days.
The airline has also issued a travel advisory for all affected passengers.
They said passengers booked during the period of suspension will automatically have their bookings cancelled and will receive a full credit.
Additionally, passengers will be able to rebook as soon as the airline resumes services.
Reifer-Jones also acknowledged that this was an extremely challenging time for the airline, its employees and other stakeholders.
She says the airline had implemented several other measures including temporary layoffs and reduced working hours.
In addition, the airline’s Board of Directors is in direct communication with regional governments to secure a support package that would see the company maintain a limited schedule when the situation allows.
LIAT said it will continue to review the rapidly changing situation and remains committed to ensuring the region is connected.
LIAT operates in 15 destinations.
Dominica is a shareholder of LIAT with the majority being, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.