LIAT air bridge to help St Lucia
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The regional airline, LIAT, says it providing an emergency air bridge between the two main airports in St. Lucia as the island deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas that killed 14 people and left millions of dollars in damages.
LIAT’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brian Challenger said that the airline responded immediately upon the request from St. Lucia and that the Antigua-based carrier has been providing shuttle services and helping British tourists make their international connections.
“LIAT has recognized our responsibility to assisting the people and Government of St. Lucia in the aftermath of this disaster and we are pleased that we have been able to make this practical assistance available at short notice,” he noted.
The LIAT official pointed out that the company would be continuing its efforts to provide shuttle services between the north and south of the island with the aim of transporting both tourists and locals.
He said that while initial efforts had focused on transporting visitors leaving the island, it was expected that tickets to the general public would shortly be made available for sale.
“St. Lucia has always enjoyed a reputation as being one of our strongest and most capable stations and the efforts to provide service to our passengers immediately after the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas is testimony to the level of commitment that the Saint Lucia LIAT staff have for their country and Company,” Challenger said.
Challenger also welcomed the decision by the airline’s pilots union (LIALPA) to allow its members to operate on off days for extra flights required for the emergency service. (CMC)