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LIAT reaches agreement with pilots to end three-day strike
Published on June 12, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- An agreement was reached on Friday evening between LIAT pilots and management to end a three-day strike by pilots that led to flight cancellations and disruption, stranding passengers throughout the region. According to reports, the pilots are to resume work immediately.

The partial strike began on Wednesday morning, when members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) refused to fly any of the airline’s ATR 72 series aircraft.

The pilots association took action after LIAT management failed to honour a salary package arrangement agreed upon in January 2017, despite the threat of strike if the airline did not hold up its end of the deal by June 1.

Following a statement on Thursday by the government of Antigua and Barbuda condemning the strike action, Antigua tourism officials said LIAT is too unreliable and the popular tourism destination has been introducing new airlift in an effort to mitigate fallout from unreliable service and periodic industrial action at the airline.

Speaking with Barbados Today newspaper at the just concluded Caribbean Week in New York, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin James said the government had been working with a number of other carriers “to ensure that all our eggs are not placed in one basket”.

“Yes, we will support our regional air carrier, but we also have to ensure that Antigua and Barbuda, which is so heavily dependent on tourism, has the international routes into the destination, air connections that are convenient [and] same day so that people can move in and out of our destination quite seamlessly and easily,” James said.
 
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