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LIAT passenger services suspended until June 30

LIAT will extend the suspension of its passenger services until the end of June, the regional carrier said.

The extension is the third such, and is driven by the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the airline said.

The previous suspension period ended on May 31, 2020.

Much of LIAT’s network remains closed to commercial passenger traffic, and even though some territories have announced a reopening date, there are many protocols still to be implemented said its chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones.

Reifer-Jones said the protocols include testing and mandatory quarantine periods which will allow for safe passenger movement. She said that the airline is closed monitoring the situation across the LIAT network and will resume flights when it is safe for passengers to do so.

To that end, passengers who are booked to travel during the extended suspension period will automatically have their bookings cancelled and receive full airline credit for future travel. Passengers will be able to rebook once the airline has announced a resumption of its services.

LIAT’s CEO said the airline continues to plan for a restart to its operations but notes that there is still uncertainty regarding the reopening of some borders. That notwithstanding, it has maintained strict protocols for its aircraft cleaning and sanitization to ensure the safety of its passenger and staff.

The carrier flies to 15 destinations across the region but has been operating with a skeletal staff, primarily providing charter and cargo services.