ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Talks aimed at reversing what has been termed the “summer meltdown” of LIAT, the region’s leading carrier, have begun.
General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) Senator David Massiah described as “a start” Wednesday’s emergency teleconference between regional Carrier LIAT and trade unions representing its workers.
Last week, travellers on the airline experienced long and inordinate delays as well as cancellations. This was compounded by the break down of an engine in one of LIAT’s new ATRs aircraft.
These setbacks led to calls for heads to roll at the top of the airline’s management team.
Meantime, LIAT’s delays and cancellations are impacting international carriers.
Earlier this week, 12 passengers booked to travel on Virgin Atlantic were stranded in Antigua, after missing their connecting flight.
“The impact has been in rebooking them, at a time of year when there are a number of festivals going on in the Caribbean,” said Virgin Atlantic’s Airport Manager, Bernard Ho.
He told OBSERVER media that the airline has communicated the effect that the delays and cancellations have had on virgin’s operations.
Ho acknowledged that the regional carrier is the one bearing the brunt financial expenses along with the criticism from the public.
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