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Home > LIAT says 5th Summit of the Americas will impact its operations

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 15 – LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, announced Wednesday that while it will be operating its normal scheduled services to/from Trinidad & Tobago during the period of the 5th Summit of the Americas, passengers could experience delays due to elevated security levels in that country especially on the three summit days.

More than 30 world leaders, among them United States President Barack Obama, are expected in Trinidad for the April 17-19 summit.

“Passenger should be prepared for air traffic control- and security-related delays,” said LIAT’s Director of Flight Operations, Captain George Arthurton. “We are not in a position at this time to provide precise information as to the extent of the delays but we have been advised that there could be lockdown periods during the arrival or departures of certain leaders when our services would be unable to take off or land. Such delays would be out of LIAT’s control.”

LIAT is advising passengers using the Piarco International Airport to leave their home or hotel much earlier than they normally would, giving themselves enough time to pass through security check-points which may be set up on the various airport routes.

Captain Arthurton also pointed out that even though the summit is being held in Trinidad, if LIAT is affected by any significant delays or disruptions there, they could have a knock-on effect throughout the entire network.

LIAT is making every effort to obtain further details from the authorities to minimise delays and inconvenience. All passengers, especially those departing and arriving Piarco, Trinidad and Crown Point, Tobago are advised to take account of all official announcements regarding traffic diversions, restrictions and use of the airports and adjacent facilities.


Contact: Desmond Brown
Corporate Communications Manager
LIAT (1974) Ltd.
1.268.480.5600 (EXT) 6222 /

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