(photo caption) LIAT Airline
ST. VINCENT (Sept. 8, 2016) — The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Government is seeking an urgent meeting with the management of the regional airline, LIAT, following the airline’s poor service to the island.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of four shareholder governments of the Antigua-based regional airline, and the Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Administration wants the meeting to be held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Sept. 18.
In a letter to the airline, the government said the meeting will allow Kingstown to “have a common understanding with a view to enhancing the service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
“It is time for LIAT to get its act and attitude towards the travelling public of St. Vincent and the Grenadines together,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security in Kingstown, Godfred Pompey, told the airline in a September 4 letter.
Pompey told Diane Shurland, LIAT’s Antigua-based Legal Counsel, that once LIAT makes a request for the E.T. Joshua Airport to remain open beyond the 11:30 p.m. agreed operating hours, his ministry will bill LIAT for staff overtime.
In the letter, Pompey complained about the “ongoing scheduling problems and cancellations facing the travelling public of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
He said the situation was “further exacerbated” on Saturday, September 3, when LIAT flight LI738, on which the island’s national football team was travelling to Trinidad en route to its destination “when in the wisdom of someone in Operations, Antigua directed the Aircraft to return to the E.T. Joshua Airport”.
The aircraft was instructed to return to St. Vincent with the understanding that the team would have been accommodated on the early morning flight to Trinidad and Tobago, where the players had a 6:15 a.m. (local time) connection on Sunday, September 4, on Copa Airlines.
“Up to our discussion on Sunday 10:15 a.m., the team was still stranded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Pompey wrote in the letter, which was copied to chair of LIAT’s board of directors, Jean Holder and Isaac Solomon, who represents the Gonsalves government on the board.
Pompey said that since June, LIAT’s service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines “has been deteriorating with no improvement in sight.
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