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LIAT resumes schedule flights with limited service

The cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, on Monday resumed its commercial schedule with flights operating to a limited number of destinations.

LIAT airplanes remain grounded at a regional airport.

The Antigua-based LIAT, which is now under Administration, said it will operate flights five days a week to seven destinations across its network.

The seven destinations are: Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Vincent and LIAT said that the limited schedule of flights will return connectivity to these destinations which were impacted by the airline’s suspension of commercial services in March due to financial problems and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that forced many Caribbean countries to shut down their borders.

The first resumed flight left Antigua for Barbados at 9:00 am (local time) on Monday, and Foreign Affairs Minister EP Chet Greene said the resumption of flights “is more than an Antigua success, but a regional success.

“As we factor in the regional integration process we will be able to move goods and services across the region. The whole question of the region re-opening eventually for tourism also puts LIAT in a good position in terms of the feeder services it provides.

“So for all those reasons and more there is no region in the world that operates without a regional carrier and so the sub-region of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) in particular is counting on LIAT for its services and to have LIAT back in the skies at this time it augurs well for the development of the sub-region…and it portrays us a modern developing society,” Greene said on the Observer radio here.

Prior to its collapse, LIAT, which owes creditors an estimated EC$100 million flew to 21 destinations, operating an average of 112 daily flights within a complex network combining profitable and uneconomic routes.