LIAT meets with pilot association

LIAT acting CEO Julie Reifer-Jones
LIAT acting CEO Julie Reifer-Jones

Representatives of LIAT’s management and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) met on Tuesday 06th November 2013 at LIAT’s headquarters in Antigua to discuss issues relating to the recent industrial action by LIALPA.

The meeting was conducted in a cordial atmosphere with LIALPA’s team led by its Chairman, Captain Carl Burke, while LIAT’s team was led by Julie Reifer-Jones, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The LIAT Acting CEO welcomed the LIALPA delegation and it was agreed that the meeting would serve as a forum to listen to LIALPA’s concerns and to determine the way forward.

The company’s management acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns on the part of LIALPA and it was agreed that both sides would continue discussions in an effort to address the issues.

LIAT continues to seek to restore normal operations and efforts to get dislocated passengers to their various destinations as quickly as possible are ongoing.

LIAT acknowledges with regret the inconvenience and disruption passengers throughout the region have experienced.

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15 Comments

  1. truthman
    November 8, 2013

    hello we gave all you 2o million. all you forget man

    • NWO
      November 9, 2013

      Who gave who 20 Million? Collect your info first, because surely you cannot be speaking of Dominica. Unless it’s the state palace you’re speaking of?

  2. Patriotic Dominican
    November 8, 2013

    Liat is not reliable at all and so we need another Regional Carrier. BY the way where does MR. Hon. Skerrit com into this discussion. For the first person who commented, Pm must be his God or his Devil. Keep Pm out of this. My folks came to Dominica for independence celebrations , had a bowl of a time and had to go back to work in the US, when on Tuesday morning after leaving their hotel rooms at 4:30am and driving to Melville Hall they were told that Liat was on strike. They stayed at the airport all day hoping that something would happen. Nothing. They then had to go find a guest house at Calibishie, rent another car, pay Guest House fees and were at Calibishie for two more days. During those two days they were going back and forth to the airport.
    Not at any time did any body from Liat say to these people that they were sorry for the inconvenience caused.
    These people’s connecting flights in San Juan were cancelled and (4) four more tickets had to be purchased by those individuals. The to cost of tickets was 1900US.All of the expenses for Guest House, Car Rental, food and purchase of tickets were to be borne by the individuals. They were again inconvenienced, when yesterday instead of going via Dominica- San Juan, they had no choice but to go via Antigua, overnight and left this morning for San Juan. These people were frustrated, depressed, spent way in excess monies they did not budget for. What an embarrassment. The governments of the Caribbean must come
    together and find ways and means of finding a new Service Providers. LIAT must be taught a lesson once and for all. Service is very POOR. Is that how we treat people . They work had spent their money to take a holiday, come to Dominica, enjoy themselves , and for LIAT and their lousy attitudes making these people not want to come back to Dominica? PM Skerrit do what you must do. You’ve given them enough money.
    The time is now to discipline these guys. Business or no business. I hope they will have money to pay when they sue the airline. Haters.

  3. Jay
    November 8, 2013

    Thank you Julie, your high-handed knee jerk reaction cost a lot of your customers money and further dented the airline’s reputation.It is always a pilot’s prerogative to decide whether a plane is safe to fly or not. SAFETY first!

  4. dominican abroad
    November 8, 2013

    What does the prime minister of the country has to do with the operation of LIAT? Since when has it been known that LIAT only operates to and from Dominica, and whatever their failers are revolves around the Prime Minister? Dominicans are never happy, no matter who runs the country. Rather than critisizing, why don’t you join hands,or give suggestions to help improve the country. It is bad everywhere. Blasting at our country, but would migrate to another’s land and remain silent in all crisis. LIAT headquaters is not in Dominica. So prior to making statements and revolving everything that happens around the prime minister. Maybe you can give suggestions at least? Ignorance is bliss. but your comment shows how close minded.

    • Malgraysa
      November 9, 2013

      With respect, didn’t the P.M. defend his investment in LIAT by stating that it would give him a seat at the table and a say in the airline’s affairs? Or are you telling us that the miilions given to the airline have not bought us any influence at all? Well, that would put egg on the face of our P.M. wouldn’t it?

  5. Santa Claus
    November 7, 2013

    The state of LIAT is a vivid reminder of the failed policies, poor management, and visionless leadership of Roosevelt Skerrit. No matter how we try to paint it or disguise it, Liat is a timely reminder of where Dominica is heading under Skerrit.
    After the man paid Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent to come to Dominica to tell Dm-in-a-can that they cannot afford an international airport, the man went to build an international airport in STV in our face! Magwesa! That hurts! STV will be opening their airport later this month.
    If that was not a slap in our face right on our soil, Mr. Skerrit spent millions of $$ on melvillehall to accommodate Liat and night landing. What a failure!
    To add insult to injury, Mr. Skerrit invested $8 Million dollars on LIAT and we the people of Dominica cannot get $1 dollar worth of service as our people are forced to stay weeks before they get transported to Dominica. What a failure! No doubt Skerrit has failed us and the longer we keep him in power the deeper in trouble we will get.

    If tha

    • D/can to De Bone {F}
      November 8, 2013

      What a stupid comment. What he prime minister of Dominica have to with that.It is true we invest in Liat but the problem is bad management and very poor customer service. We are also not the sole owner of liat and not the majority share holder.

    • Marcus Aurelius
      November 8, 2013

      LIAT’s state of malady has nothing to do with Mr. Skerritt. You are being foolishly biased.

    • dominican abroad
      November 8, 2013

      What does the prime minister of the country has to do with the operation of LIAT? Since when has it been known that LIAT only operates to and from Dominica, and whatever their failers are revolves around the Prime Minister? Dominicans are never happy, no matter who runs the country. Rather than critisizing, why don’t you join hands,or give suggestions to help improve the country. It is bad everywhere. Blasting at our country, but would migrate to another’s land and remain silent in all crisis. LIAT headquaters is not in Dominica. So prior to making statements and revolving everything that happens around the prime minister. Maybe you can give suggestions at least? Ignorance is bliss. but your comment shows how close minded.

    • Manicou
      November 8, 2013

      Where does the article mention anything about Skerrit? Why do people have to involve politics in everything these days?

      • Santa Claus
        November 8, 2013

        @Manicou, you need to go on a tree in some wood so I could send my dog to catch you boy LOL. But I never said the article said anything on Skerrit; I simply made a comparison between the direction LIAT is going and the failed policies of Skerrit that is heading the country in the same direction ok boss.

    • NWO
      November 8, 2013

      Not to judge your entire commentary, but SVD is NOWHERE near to completing their airport. Not only that, IF and after they do, will Gonsalves still retain his leadership? Will the airport become a white elephant? Can they convince international carriers to overfly Barbados and land St Vincent?

  6. Anonymous
    November 7, 2013

    we need another region carrier liat is not reliable

    • Malgraysa
      November 9, 2013

      We have. It are our OECS shareholder governments that are barring Caribbean Airlines from competing in our market.

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