Home > LIAT responds to St. Lucia Government’s request to ferry passengers
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, November 03, 2010 – LIAT, the Caribbean airline, has responded to a request from the Air and Seaport Authority of the Government of Saint Lucia, to provide an emergency air bridge for ferrying passengers between the country’s two airports as a means of facilitating transport and communications on the hurricane-battered island.
LIAT’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Brian Challenger noted that immediately upon the request from Saint Lucia, the Company mobilized efforts to respond.
He indicated that LIAT was able to provide shuttle services in transporting returning UK-bound holiday makers on Tuesday afternoon, within minutes of the country’s international airport being opened to international carriers.
“LIAT has recognized our responsibility to assisting the people and Government of Saint Lucia in the aftermath of this disaster and we are pleased that we have been able to make this practical assistance available at short notice,” he noted.
The LIAT official pointed out that the company would be continuing its efforts to provide shuttle services between the north and south of the island with the aim of transporting both tourists and locals.
He indicated that while initial efforts had focused on transporting visitors leaving the island, it was expected that tickets to the general public would shortly be made available for sale.
Mr. Challenger commended the efforts of LIAT’s Saint Lucia-based staff which had provided service to the public even while their own personal situation had been adversely affected by the passage of the storm.
“Saint Lucia has always enjoyed a reputation as being one of our strongest and most capable stations and the efforts to provide service to our passengers immediately after the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas is testimony to the level of commitment that the Saint Lucia LIAT staff have for their country and Company,” the acting CEO noted.
Mr. Challenger also applauded the decision by the airline’s pilots union (LIALPA) to voluntarily approve for its pilot members to operate on off days for extra flights required for the emergency service.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com .
Desmond Brown, Corporate Communications Manager, LIAT (1974) Limited, Head Office, Sealey Building, Sir George Walter Highway, Antigua. Telephone: +268 480 5600, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.