ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Regional airline LIAT has announced that it will not be paying employees for uncertified sickness beyond the number of days allowed under the labour laws of their respective countries.
The move comes on the heels of bitter public exchanges between the airline’s management and the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA) and the Leeward Island Flight Attendant Association (LIFAA) following charges reportedly levelled by senior airline officials that frequent illness among staff was responsible for LIAT’s flight delays and cancellations.
Both LIALPA and LIFAA, who blamed the airline’s woes on “a shortage of crew, poor working conditions and an incompetent management team”, vehemently denied the charges.
AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten – KLM and WINAIR have begun the process of expanding their business relationship in St. Maarten. The target date for implementation of code share agreement is scheduled for 2017.
”WINAIR currently enjoys a interline with KLM, one of the world’s premiere airlines, thru expansion of this agreement to a code share agreement both WINAIR and KLM will operate flights throughout each other’s route network offering greater benefits to our mutual customers, improving connectivity, adding destinations, pricing and ease of travel for customers traveling to and from the Caribbean, Europe and beyond.” stated Michael Cleaver President and CEO of WINAIR.
KLM visited St Maarten with an audit team of 4 people to perform a Code share audit to ensure Winair is in compliance with ICAO requirements.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three people were confirmed dead when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Tinson Pen Aerodrome Thursday afternoon.
The police report that the plane burst into flames when it crashed into a small house in the community of Greenwich Farm.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines announced Thursday that the composition of its Board of Directors has been changed with effect from October 14.
The incoming Board includes Chairman – Mr. Shameer Ronnie Mohammed; Vice Chairman – Mr. Michael Quamina; Director- Mr. Vishnu Dhanpaul; Director – Ms. Enid Zephyrine; Director – Dr. Chris S. Maharaj; and Dennis Lalor – designated by the Government of Jamaica continues to serve as a Director of the Board.
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Regional carrier, LIAT, has had to cancel 261 flights and delayed a further 564 this year, due to crew sickness.
The average number of sick days per member of the crew is around 21 days, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is chair of LIAT’s shareholder governments told parliament on Thursday, but reiterated that the airline has a lot of good workers.
“And I don’t want to damn the crew, because I know they are very good people and it is demonstrated. But if we have a problem, we have to talk about it honestly and the management has to deal with it with good sense and sensitivity,” Gonsalves said.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) will host the Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference June 13-15, 2017. The Caribbean Aviation Meet-up is a results-oriented platform for communication between the various stakeholders in the aviation, tourism and investment industries.
The event will focus on needed changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and on its positive impact on tourism and economy.
“We are delighted that we could secure that the conference will be held on St.Maarten in 2017,” said Larry Donker, Deputy Managing Director of SXM Airport.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Phase 1 of the cargo renovations at the Princess Juliana International Airport, for which the groundbreaking took place in May 2015, was recently completed, with a number of cargo operators moving into their newly upgraded facilities.
The cargo renovations were necessary, given the company’s continuous efforts to strengthen its cargo hub function for the Northeastern Caribbean.
AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten – With immediate effect, The Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices will NOT be permitted in checked or carry-on baggage and may not be carried on-board any Winair Flight. Customers travelling with this device will not be permitted to travel. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.
Prior to check-in passengers will be asked if they are carrying this device and if so will not be allowed to check-in until the device has been removed from carry-on or checked luggage. It is the responsibility of the passenger to abide to these instructions and to divest themselves of the phone prior to check-in. Winair will not take responsibility of securing or storing device for the passenger until his/her return.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said Wednesday that Grenada is prepared to provide the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, with a financial subsidy for it to service the island, but was not prepared to provide funds for the airline’s operations.
ROSEAU, Dominica – Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is urging the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, to improve its services to passengers saying “there must be a greater sense of humanism” in the way the airline conducts its operations.
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