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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.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – St. Lucia is moving to have the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) as its national carrier, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Regional air carrier LIAT announced Thursday that it would increase its fleet of ATR aircraft to meet the growing demands of the destinations it serves.

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government says it will not inject any more funds into the cash-strapped regional carrier, LIAT, until the airline improves its services to the island.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Yet another scathing criticism has been issued of the service provided by the beleaguered regional airline LIAT.

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