LIAT’s new routes for summer 2015 take effect next week

A number of new services and non-stop routes which have been added to the summer schedule of LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will come into effect on July 15 and 16.

From Antigua, customers will now enjoy a new daily service to San Juan each evening. This is in addition to the existing morning service from Antigua to San Juan, via Dominica which operates daily.

Meantime, flight number LI 581 from Antigua to Dominica and on to Barbados has been upgraded to a daily service, and has been retimed to leave Antigua in the early morning.

The new non-stop services are as follows:

· Barbados to St. Kitts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flights will leave at midday and return in the early afternoon

· Barbados to St. Maarten and back every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This flight departs at midday and returns to Barbados in the early afternoon

· Trinidad to Barbados every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights depart Trinidad at 10.50 am, arriving in Barbados at 11.50 am

· Trinidad to Ogle, Guyana every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights depart Trinidad at 7.50 pm, arriving in Guyana at 8.50 pm.

In anticipation of an increase in the number of people travelling during the summer peak period, customers are reminded that they should arrive at the airport to check-in at least two hours prior to their scheduled time of departure and that check-in closes 45 minutes before the plane departs.

In order to make flying as easy as possible, passengers should adhere to LIAT’s baggage limits. The free baggage allowance for all LIAT services is one piece at a maximum of 50 lbs or 23 kgs. In addition, passengers are allowed one piece of cabin baggage at a maximum weight of 15 lbs or 7 kgs.

Passengers should note that extra pieces of baggage (that is, pieces in excess of the above allowance) will be subject to excess baggage charges and will only be accepted on a space available (stand-by) basis.

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38 Comments

  1. t k jojn
    July 12, 2015

    good intention

  2. John The man from U.S
    July 12, 2015

    LIAT AKA Caribbean Government airlines. Is a complete failure let them go under.We need Seaborne airlines to expand service.

    • time to stop
      July 13, 2015

      Its time to stop the LIAT bashing I have been travelling on LIAT for almost 50 years. Others have come and gone….LIAT is still there……..yes with its ups and downs…….no pun intended…..but getting us to and from SAFELY!!!!!!!! everything in this country is critical……never an educated dialogue…………find the weaknesses and build them up….not tear everything down. you only miss the water when the well runs dry……………if LIAT stops flying tomorrow what happens then?????? think about it…..cause there is no back up plan at the moment. There are far worse airlines than LIAT…..trust me….there are!!!!!

  3. Francisco Telemaque
    July 12, 2015

    “Sir Francisco, would that happen to be the same Edison James who wrote to the US Embassy demanding they discontinue their support and assistance to “(Truth).

    Truth & Knowledge, I would not be supprised if you and Facts, are not one of the same. Be informed that the United States are not in the practice of assisting Caribbean governments in the building of Airports. I challenge the snake fork tongue labor party members including Am Almost Nearly Cousin Skerrit to produce a coppy fothe the letter they claimed Edison wrote to the US Embassy.

    Unless you and the cabal can produced that you have no case nor argument. And I challenge the labor party to produce, because I know they can’t.

    When Eugenia had the chance to talk to President Regan about help, she did not because she was too busy urging him to send the Marines into Grenada to kill mentally ill people in an asylum!

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 11, 2015

    I stopped flying LIAT years ago.

    • budman
      July 11, 2015

      so what do you fly now?

      • Titiwi
        July 12, 2015

        ….maybe a broomstick?

  5. Tourist Traveller
    July 11, 2015

    The morning flights are good news! I was finding it difficult until recently to find a flight out of Dominica early enough in the morning to catch a connecting international flight from Barbados or Antigua. Its a little discouraging when you have an overnight layover to catch such a short flight!

  6. Doc. Love
    July 11, 2015

    Where is the hundreds of million dollars spent night landing schedule.

    • Titiwi
      July 12, 2015

      Doc., it cost a pretty penny, I know that but not hundreds of millions. I remember that at the beginning 2006, when the Venezuelan army was working on the project the estimated cost was E.C.$. 84 million. Even if they exceeded that, and I believe eventually they went over $100 million, it is a hell lot of money for a service that is essentially a failure, a dud. But hey, who worries about a couple of millions if you have friends like Skerrit.

  7. jane
    July 11, 2015

    Early morning flight from Antigua to Barbados via dominica. What a waste of time. Three times traveling from dominica and three times late. Liat I respect you.

  8. John
    July 10, 2015

    Dominica needs direct jet service from Tampa Florida, a 727 should be able to land in Dominica. People do not want to overnight just to get to Dominica, the runway has been exceeded so what is the excuse? LIAT should invest in some 727 jet aircraft’s. A lot of people would like to visit Dominica but do not because of the hassle getting there.

    • Malatete
      July 11, 2015

      John, Melville Hall airport is served, and has been for may years by Amerijet’s Boeing 727 cargo service from the US.A.. The 727 is a noisy old aircraft, which made its firs flight in 1963 and the last one of which was built in 1984, over 30 years ago!
      Apart from cargo or charter operations I don’t know of any civilian airline still using it for carrying passengers. It has been largely replaced by the two engined Boeing 737, which keeps being upgraded to this day and is capable of operating passenger services in- & out of Melville Hall.

    • Dominican
      July 12, 2015

      727 are primarily used to transport cargo not passengers. The next class up is the 737 aircraft which at minimum requires a runway length of 6,646 feet. The Douglas-Charles airport has a length after expansion of 5,761 feet which can safely accommodate an ATR fleet of but a 737.

      Our country has made some aviation progress (extension of the runway & night landing capability) but we still have a ways to go to that elusive next level.

      • Malatete
        July 12, 2015

        I must take issue with you Dominica. The 727 was developed as a passenger aircraft (capable of carrying 149-189 passengers). The fact the at the few remaining examples are used for cargo is simply an attestation of their age. By the way, 737’s are capable of operating into/out of Melville Hall. I have witnessed this with my own eyes.

  9. zimba
    July 10, 2015

    My family are arriving Antigua tomorrow, hopefully on to Dominica.
    Hope they arrive here tomorrow!
    Liat already cancelled their return flight, so they have to leave Dominica a day earlier than planned.
    Incurring unwanted charges for overnight in Antigua.
    Not even an apology…….just offering a 5.30 am flight.
    This company must be overseen by the biggest JOKER on earth.
    Do they not realize how much it costs for international travellers to get to the Caribbean, to spend their hard earned cash and profit the islands.
    They can not even schedule connecting flights.
    I have encountered so many problems over the years…..cancelled flights…no flights..no luggage…….
    TOTALY RETARDED COMPANY.

  10. the bushmaninda
    July 10, 2015

    I would like to generate a meaningful dialog as to why is Liat perceived as a bad company. I am looking forward to your comments.

    • Me
      July 11, 2015

      With respect Sir/Madam, the saga of LIAT has been going on for so many years now that explanation even defies logic. If you want to start a dialogue to why LIAT is a bad company, not perceived, you must have been disconnected from the real world for along time. Talk to yourself if you wish but the abysmal record of this company is there to see for all who do not have their heads in the sand.

  11. Special
    July 10, 2015

    Well, Hummingbird Air is there to serve. Direct fkights to Dominica, at. Kitts, nevis and st. Martin from st. Thomas. Direct fkights to all mentioned above and to st. Lucis from st. Croix. Direct fkights to st. Thomas, st. Croix, tortola and st. Maarten from dominixa. LIAT under stiff competition here.

  12. Malatete
    July 10, 2015

    Good for LIAT but I am dismayed that this does not benefit Dominica one iota. On the contrary, the daily LI581 from Meville Hall to Barbados now leaves at 06.50 necessitating passengers to present themselves at the ungodly hour of 04.50! Imagine when that flight entails a vehicle ride from Roseau or any other S.West point in Dominica. This is a setback for us and belies the P.M.’s assertion that our $8 million investment in LIAT would give us more say in the airline’s operations. It is really hurtful to see that as far as LIAT are considered Dominica is merely an afterthought. Can Hummingbird be given a license to operate a direct Barbados flight at a more sensible hour from Canefield instead please? It is about time we start to think about the our own development first.

    • jane
      July 11, 2015

      June 25th. 7:00 dominica to Barbados. 8:30 still in dominica and screen displays flight ontime. 8:45 plane arrives. Miss connection to St Lucia and being told in Barbados next flight is at 6 pm. Liat is the best.

      • Titiwi
        July 12, 2015

        At least you’ve got a sense of humour Jane. You need one, flying with LIAT!
        PS. I’m still waiting for my first cup of coffee from that airline. Honestly, if safety regulation did not require them to have a hostess on board they would not bother having one and that would not be a great loss either. Mostly the attitude I get from them is that passengers are a nuisance to be suffered stoically but with disdain.

  13. KoKo Naughts
    July 10, 2015

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…… Steups tan Liat.

  14. cc
    July 10, 2015

    Its very unfortunate that we are almost completely dependent on this airline for air travel into DA.

    • John
      July 10, 2015

      LIAT has been in existence since the 1950′ s but still has no jet aircraft.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 11, 2015

        In the 1970’s when George H. Walters was Prime Minister of Antigua, LIAT had three 747’s, flying between Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Jamaica. Gerald “Jerry” Watts, born of a Dominica mother in Antigua was a Minister, of government in the George Walters government.

        The affairs of LIAT fell under Watts portfolio. He advised Patrick John government to take actions to develop an International Airport in Dominica in order to accommodate LIAT’s 747’s (Jet). How did Dominicans respond? “We doh want it, cause Antigua, and Barbados have International Airport already.”

        Antigua government at that time owned the major shares in LIAT. They kept the Jets flying for a brief period, and eventually got rid of them!

        We Dominicans are not only obstacles in the development of our country, we also hamper the progress of LIAT in the 1970’s: Some curse lurks over our people and country!

      • Malatete
        July 12, 2015

        mr. Telemaque, while it is true LIAT had jets in its fleet at some time you are exaggerating somewhat. They never operated the Boeing 747 “Jumbo” but the much smaller British built BAC one-eleven or 1-11 series 500 They were introduced in 1971 by Court Line when they acquired 75% of LIAT’s shares and disposed off when Court subsequently when bankrupt in August of 1974.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 12, 2015

        When people are ignorant of the fact, they talk crap as if they know what they are talking about: a Jumbo Jet is a much larger aircraft than a 747! Keep to hell out of it because you do not know what you are talking about!

        LIAT had three (3) 747’s sitting at the Airport in Antigua! I saw them with my two eye, they were fueled by Shell Aviation. I worked for Shell Oil via a contractor, a Derrick, the same people who own Observe Radio. I do not have to exaggerate squat, I speak the truth!

        I write under my true identity, anything I write has to be authentic!

        If you knew so much; how come you did not comment before I did. The plan was to fly to Miami, they never got the route, that is why, they phase them out! As far as I know in the 70’s LIAT had a fleet of Avro’s they called prop Jet, the first time one landed in Dominica, it was written in the Chronicle “Jet land in Dominica. They did not even have the 747’s yet.

        Who do you think you talking to?

      • Titiwi
        July 13, 2015

        Francisco, you are not known as a humble man, even when you are wrong. I wondered why LIAT would use such a big plane to fly between Antigua and Miami, such a short distance. That would not be very efficient. I checked with Wikipedia, which tells me that the original nickname for the 747 was “Jumbo jet” or “queen of the skies”. Maybe you want to argue with Wikipedia and good luck with that.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      July 11, 2015

      Skerrit gave you lamps on Melville Hall Runway so that LIAT can land all night long; what more do you want?

      As long as Skerrit is boss in control of his nature island, the nature island will never get an International Airport; nor will there be any significant development in the country.

      Skerrit, developed a scheme to keep the clowns whom he gave free food to keep him in power quiet by giving some computer generated photograph of what Roseau will look like to DNO every other month, to display on their site; but never tells us when construction will commenced in the year never ever!

      Sad, I have to say this when Edison James was building an International Airport, some very intelligent people claimed it was too expensive, and not necessary, One man said that was economic slavery, he is now dead, and will never deal with traveling in and out of Dominica again; those of us yet alive will continue to suffer hardship traveling to Dominica.

      • Truth and Knowledge
        July 11, 2015

        Sir Francisco, would that happen to be the same Edison James who wrote to the US Embassy demanding they discontinue their support and assistance to Eugenia Charles when she was in the process of having an international airport built in Dominica?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 12, 2015

        Well Truth; I do not know if indeed Edison James blocked Euglena’s efforts to build an International Airport in our country. What I am very certain of is that, in Edison day the money to build the airport was secured.

        Be informed, the government of Trinidad & Tobago provided 80% of the cost, and provided the contractors, and engineers to build the airport.

        The Peoples Republic Of China also contributed money; the Taiwan government contributed US$20,000,000.00 to the project. Ten million dollars was given for free, in the form of a grant. Ten million was made available to us at an interest rate of 4%. One of my friends who passed recently proclaimed the airport was too expensive, and the interest rate of 4% is nothing more than economic slavery.

        What I do know is that the airport was in its first stage of development when the Labor Party lead by Roosevelt Rosie Douglas, Athie Martin, Roosevelt Skerrit, Charles Savarin, Pirie Charles, Ambrose George, and the rest of the…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 12, 2015

        Pirie Charles, Ambrose George, and the rest of the thirty (30) plus ministers in the coalition labor party government shut it down, and chased the contractors, and engineers from Trinidad who was building it out of the island.

        The same amount of money made available to Dominica by the China and Taiwan government was given to the St. Vincent government, which they used in the building of their International Airport, while Gonzalez ordered Skerrit to squander ours on landing lights, and the digging up of the Melville Hall River bed to create a parking lot. Truth; the truth cannot be hidden, the Secondary School built at Londonderry was part of the project, the money which built that school was part of the package.

        It came along with a sixth form college, the day Athie became minister; his first order of business was to order the removal of the sixth form college. When the contractor demanded to know why he wanted it removed, his reply was “we doh want it cause we already have…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 12, 2015

        “We doh want it cause we already have one in Roseau.” the contractor refused to comply with his foolishness. Ian Douglas and the rest of the regime proclaimed they could get an International Airport built at a fraction of what was been spent. Interestingly Edison was spending less than four hundred million dollars, they said that was too much. However, prior to the election Skerrit went to Marigot and told people the building of an airport will cost us more than a billion dollars. I would like Skerrit to tell us why after twenty years the Labor Party is unable to build an International Airport cheaper than the UWP was spending?

        How dumb are these people; when we could have built it cheaply they say “we doh want it), now he is talking about billions of dollars, which is another Skerrit’s manufactured lie!

  15. grell
    July 10, 2015

    The biggest waste in the caribbean,rather swim to where am going,not anymore liat.

    • ATKINSON
      July 12, 2015

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: well said grell, me too

  16. Leave island anytime
    July 10, 2015

    What happen to the usvi islands routes

    • Titiwi
      July 13, 2015

      Hummingbird Air and Coastal flying that from Canefield and very good service too. Try it

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