LIAT boss demands apology

Antigua Observer:-Even as the Acting CEO of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones demands an apology from the union representing pilots, she has warned that “disrespectful, outrageous and libelous” statements will not be tolerated.

The executive’s willingness “to accept an apology made in good faith” for comments that would tarnish LIAT’s image, is outlined in a letter dated October 25.

The correspondence, addressed to the President of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots’ Association (LIALPA) Captain Carl Burke, outlines Reifer-Jones’ “shock” and “great disappointment” over what she refers to as disparaging remarks.

On Sunday, LIALPA issued a press release to deny the assertions of the Chairman of the Shareholder Governments, Dr Ralph Gonsalves that ‘bouts of sickness” by pilots were to blame for flight cancellations.

From the association’s vantage point, the exodus of its members for greener pastures, with no replacements, is the culprit.

The two-page document itemized why LIALPA has no faith in the carrier’s management team and said Reifer-Jones’ action to have OBSERVER media retract similar statements attributed to her, was proof that she knew her comments were dishonest.

The acting LIAT CEO has taken umbrage with LIALPA’s use of the word dishonest, saying it is “beyond all acceptable boundaries”.


  1. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 8:20 am


  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    LIAT continues to be a problem with management. Mismanagement, poor management, corrupt management, don’t-give-a-damn management, arrogant management. They should team up with the West Indies Cricket Board’s management and fly themselves to Never Never Land.

    1. Anonymous
      October 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

      this is so freaking true and omg funny…lmao…

  3. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Tarnish LIAT’s image? You can’t tarnish garbage any more than it already is.

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I still say get rid of laait and bring southwest then you have a wonderful airline.she needs to apologize for her airline and leave.

  5. putput
    October 27, 2016 at 12:15 am

    do Liat still have 500 employees in Antigua? and what are they doing ?

  6. Anon1
    October 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Hilarious! Tarnish LIAT’s reputation are you for real.

    The only good reputation LIAT has no fatal crashes.

  7. julita
    October 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    But they do have fatal cashes

  8. Gemini
    October 27, 2016 at 10:35 am


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