LIAT, ‘The Caribbean Airline’ is today October 16, celebrating 58 years of service within the Region. In a message to mark the occasion, the company’s Chief Executive Officer David Evans said that the airline continues work through many challenges and he thanked customers for their continued support.
He highlighted that “Getting to this point has not been easy. We continue to operate in an environment which presents us with many challenges, as we all witnessed this week with the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo. The storm disrupted our operations and inconvenienced many of our customers.”
Evans also thanked the company’s employees, customers and stakeholders for their patience and support, “as we work together in the recovery efforts.” Several small islands have been hit by the passing storm, with some currently undergoing reconstruction phases.
The LIAT CEO underscored the importance of the airline’s focus on safety: “In spite of the continued challenges we can once again look back at our proud achievements. Our safety record and continued commitment to this region are just two of the many things we can be proud of.”
Evans charged that this 58th year is very significant as it will see LIAT completing the transition from its Dash-8 fleet to its new ATR fleet.
LIAT was founded in Montserrat in October 1956 by Saint Kitts-born Mr. Frank Delisle. The airline has grown over the years and is now the main mode of transportation for people traveling between the islands, serving 18 destinations.
The company operates more than 600 flights per week from Santo Domingo in the north to Guyana in the south – providing the most extensive inter-island network of any carrier in the region. Last year LIAT transported over 800,000 passengers around the region.
Recently LIAT reorganized its flight plans and added additional flights to some destinations. They also reorganized their services to accommodate more passengers using the small carrier to in- transit with international carriers.
Locally, LIAT recently added three more flights from Grantley Adams Airport to Ogle International. The airline currently operates 10 flights per week.