BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - IN a media statement last evening (Nov. 7), management of regional airline LIAT has announced that its services across the region would be disrupted due to “unscheduled maintenance” issues with one of its aircraft.
“The issues have caused LIAT to suspend its current schedule as it works to resolve the issues and put its aircraft back into schedule. However, due to logistical and supply chain issues, the airline does not have a concrete deadline for the return to its regular schedule. Therefore, several flights in the coming weeks have been cancelled,” the statement read.
The fledgling airline has been challenged since the start of the pandemic and was forced to sell several of its fleet of aircraft and cut its operations as it remains under administration.
Because of selling those aircraft, its fleet has dwindled and the airline was forced to make changes in its operations.
Like many of the other airlines, including InterCaribbean, LIAT interconnects the region with single planes, which affect its operations whenever one plane goes down.
“LIAT acknowledges that this disruption will cause a major inconvenience to its customers at this time. However, the safety of our passengers, crew and ground staff are of the utmost importance,” the statement added.
The airline noted that it is currently “exploring all available options to assist passengers at this time”, adding that “Our Reservations Call Centre is currently contacting affected passengers to assist with their travel needs.”
“Passengers are asked to monitor their e-mails and LIAT’s social media platforms for updates. Due to the high volume of calls, we ask that passengers await their contact calls or to contact the airline via email at Reservations@liat.com,” LIAT recommended.