In a letter dated June 11, LIAT has advised the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association of the need to extend the temporary layoff of its pilots for three (3) months.
The Human Resource Manager, Samantha May Francis said this was due to the chronic fiscal turbulence experienced by the regional airline which was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The airline is currently operating a limited-service providing cargo and chartered flights. The correspondence obtained by Antigua News Room states that this is ‘insufficient to cover the company’s costs’ and funds from shareholders to meet day-to-day expenses ‘continue to be delayed’.
LIAT’s major shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Barbados.
The letter to the Association assured employees that they would continue to receive medical insurance coverage and staff travel privileges during this period.
A press release from the airline on May 14, 2020, announced that the suspension of passenger services was being extended with “no firm date” set for resumption.