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LIAT closes its doors for the last time

The longest serving airline in the region wound up its operations on January 24.

The court-appointed administrator for the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Cleveland Seafort, in a letter to the administrative staff earlier this month wrote “after careful consideration and evaluation of the present operations, a decision has been taken by the court-appointed Administrator to permanently cease all commercial flying operations as of close of business on January 24, 2024.1.5

“As a result of the foregoing, you are hereby notified that your employment with LIAT (1974) Limited will be made redundant effective February 4, 2024.”

The move is expected to result in more than 90 employees being made redundant without any payment and a promise that obligations will be met.

“The payment of any indebtedness to you cannot be made at this time. However, every effort will be made by the Administrator to secure the best outcome in respect of the indebtedness to all employees in accordance with the company’s legal and contractual requirements,” Seaforth wrote, thanking the workers for their “valuable contribution” to LIAT (1974) Limited.

The airline is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

LIAT, prior to entering into administration had been servicing several regional destinations including Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, San Juan Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia and St Maarten.

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