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Sickout losses high

Yvette Best

Sickout losses high

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The outgoing dispute between LIAT management and the pilots, which resulted in a two-day sickout is “unfortunate” and “untimely”.
That is the view of Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Baldwin Spencer, who spoke to the issue yesterday. He said it was his understanding that the sickout represented a $1 million loss per day.
“This is not an amount that any company can afford to lose and I call on the LIAT pilots to recognize the negative impact which their action is having on the very airline which is a source of livelihood for hundreds of families around the region, and which contributes immeasurably to the development of our region,” Spencer said.
Hundreds of passengers across the region were left stranded yesterday and Tuesday after pilots staged a sickout following Monday’s sacking of veteran pilot and president of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association Michael Blackburn.
Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION.