LIAT takes relief to islands affected by hurricanes
ST JOHN’S – One day after the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 19, LIAT the Caribbean Airline was back in the skies and working at bringing relief to islands affected by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Following the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma on September 5, LIAT operated four relief flights and evacuated over 100 persons from St Maarten and Tortola. LIAT also carried over 1 000 pounds of relief supplies to these territories.
All relief flights were suspended as a result of the passage of Hurricane Maria. As soon as the all-clear was received, LIAT operated a relief flight yesterday into the Douglas Charles International Airport in Dominica to assess the damage and feasibility of conducting flights to the island.
The team who visited the island included chief executive officer Julie Reifer-Jones who was stunned at the damage that was seen on approach into Dominica.
Below, passengers at LIAT’s sidewalk check-in counter at the Terrance B. Lettsome Airport in Tortola.
She pledged the company’s support for the government and people of Dominica and noted that LIAT was working to rapidly put in a place a schedule as soon as the government gave approval for passengers to begin entering the country.
In addition to assessment of the airport, the flight was also used to bring in critical relief supplies including 50 cases of bottled water which were contributed by LIAT staff.
LIAT’s CEO also noted the company was moving to assist its staff on the ground in Dominica as well as those Dominican staff stationed in other islands.
In addition LIAT on Wednesday September 20 moved over four thousand pounds of cargo from Trinidad to St Lucia for relief operations into Dominica. (PR)