AFTER seven months of absence from the air, LIAT has returned to the sky.
The LIAT 401 made its flight to Dominica from Antigua on Sunday evening, touching down at the Douglas Charles Airport at around 5 pm.
It returned to the VC International Airport in Antigua at around 6 pm.
Videos of the flight were posted on the company’s Facebook page.
In a press release issued by LIAT, the airline stated that there will be limited flights as the airline resumes operations since shutting down as a result of Covid-19.
LIAT stated, “LIAT will operate a limited schedule of flights when it launches its commercial schedule later in November which will return connectivity to its network which was impacted by the shutdown. The airline is currently completing all the training and regulatory requirements for the territories it will be flying to. It is expected to announce later this week its limited schedule as well as the destinations it will be flying to.
“Also, several new procedures will be implemented to ensure the safety of passengers as well as reduce the risk of transmission of Covid. These include the mandatory wearing of masks at check-in and onboard, enhancement in its cleaning and sanitization protocols and new boarding procedures.”
The airline with headquarters in Antigua and Barbuda is currently under administration and being restructured to improve its viability and the sustainability following a decision by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to reorganise the airline. Dominica is the other major shareholder of LIAT. The airline was also formerly owned by Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines who both opted to sell their shares in the airline’s restructuring.
The airline added, “Passengers will be able to book flights via the new booking engine on the LIAT website www.liat.com, which will be launched shortly. The airline will also be announcing its policy for persons who will want to utilise their credits to book flights during the new limited schedule. However, passengers seeking refunds will have to await the completion of the review by the Administrator.”