LIAT seeks injunction to force pilots to fly

LIAT has applied for an injunction seeking to temporarily get the pilots back into the cockpits of the ATR 72 planes.

The pilots are demanding higher wages.

LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer-Jones told OBSERVER media that the company filed the application in the Industrial Court yesterday and is anxious to have it heard.

Yesterday marked the second day the pilots refused to specifically fly the ATR 72s and this affected about a dozen flights which had to be cancelled, and several others which were delayed, according to LIAT sources.

According to a letter from the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) to the LIAT management, the organisation “is not convinced it should subject its members to further exposure and responsibility without the agreed compensation…the ATR-72 with its increased capacity over the Dash-8 is in fact increased responsibility in terms of passengers and payload.”

They insist they will not fly those planes until the company honours the salary package agreed to in January.

Reifer-Jones confirmed that scores of passengers have been displaced but said she was unable to give an exact number since the carrier is still assessing the impact.

According to reports, over 1000 passengers were affected on the first day of the protest by pilots.

The CEO says LIAT is trying its best to rebook passengers and so far, hundreds of them have been given new bookings.

Out of its nine aircraft, LIAT is reportedly flying five ATR 42s which the pilots are not objecting to fly.

After the pilots refused to fly the ATR 72s, on Wednesday, three management pilots picked up the slack and started flying three of the ATR 72s but this was after several flights were already cancelled.

Another ATR 72 is reportedly down in Canada for maintenance checks. With only three pilots and civil aviation restrictions in place on the number of hours they can fly, this is affecting the operations, according to an unnamed source quoted by Observer Media.

Observer Media said that according to a well-placed source, LIALPA is moving to get those management pilots blacklisted by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA).


  1. Anonymous
    June 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a mess.
    Perhaps a business opportunity for persons with go-fast boats to transport passengers to the islands affected by the LIAT pilots’ strike.

  2. Anonymous
    June 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Playing with people lives. pilot on strike pay the pilots