Tuesday 14 July, 2020

LIAT: Suspension of commercial flights extended for another month

Passengers checking-in at the Liat counter at GAIA in Barbados (FILE)

Passengers checking-in at the Liat counter at GAIA in Barbados (FILE)

LIAT has suspended commercial travel for another month.

The regional airline announced on Friday (May 29) that because of the threats still being posed by COVID-19, the suspension of passenger services will continue until June 30.

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CEO Julie Reifer-Jones said the borders of many destinations the airline travels to remain closed.

She further explained that even though a number of islands have announced plans to reopen in June, measures have to be put in place before the airline can safely resume operations. Some of these measures include testing and mandatory quarantine periods, which will allow for the safe movement of passengers.

The airline has maintained that on its own end, strict protocols will be in place for its aircraft cleaning and sanitisation to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and staff when services resume.

Reifer-Jones said the airline continues to closely monitor the situation and will resume flights when it is safe to do so.

She said passengers who have already booked tickets for within the extended period of suspension will receive full airline credit for future travel. "Passengers will be able to rebook as soon as the airline announces the resumption of passenger service."

The airlines CEO gave the assurance that LIAT remains committed to keeping the region connected.

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