LIAT reports millions in losses from strike by pilots

LIAT has reported losing some $7 million as a result of  a recent three-day strike by the airline’s pilots.

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julie Reifer-Jones was quoted by Observer media as saying that the strike resulted in thousands of bookings being cancelled over a very short period.

“The challenge with cancellation is that when they are in that kind of volume – it’s dramatic and many of the cancellations were in our summer period which is our peak period,” she said.

Between June 7 and June 9 LIAT’s pilots were on strike protesting the status of negotiations on the implementation of a new, increased pay scale for pilots who now fly LIAT’s ATR-72 aircraft.

Late on June 9, the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIAPA) made a deal with LIAT bringing an end to three days of industrial action.

Reifer-Jones said that the greatest impact of the strike was the confidence that had been lost in LIAT and the brand.




  1. Anon1
    June 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Obviously if staff are going to strike they will do so at the busiest period.

    Maximum disruption.

    Let it be a lesson, treat your staff in the correct way. Then you will avoid industrial action. Simples!

  2. LB
    June 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    The confidence … from the travelling community … has been lost eons ago!!! Caribbean travellers have not had the confidence of LIAT for a very long time. That “guilt complex” will not work!

  3. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    If they loose over 7million in 3 days…that gives us an idea of how much revenue they generate and how much they reaping people off by charging 800 to go Barbados… passengers should strike…. say they not flying…until they get better rates.

  4. Shans2
    June 22, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Your decision not to honor your agreement with the pilots cost LIAT $7m. Mathematics? Good job.

    The lack of public confidence lies in the Management of LIAT.

  5. Lucianman101
    June 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Good , Start paying employees what they are owed! Employees in other companies should follow suit

  6. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I agree

  7. BimJim
    June 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This is EC$7 million in losses which we can DIRECTLY attribute to Riefer-Jones’ mismanagement.

    The pilots privided her with ample warning, AND in public. Did she decide to bluff them? Did she take the entire airline to the edge of bankruptcy because she thought they would not dare? And does she now think she can continue to lay the blame at the pilots’ feet?

    This is nothing new, this is FOUR TIMES in the last 30 years the pilots have “taken time off” because of salary negotiations, the first three times because LIAT management played games in negotiations for ten years before the pilots said “enough”. In the Caribbean, inflation can be as high as 8% a year – which means in 10 years at the same salary can have devalued by as much as half.

    In any normal, commercial company this management would have been FIRED a decade ago. But this is political appointee management, management by “friends” and by “go and see what you could do” or by “go and try a ting, nah”, not by ANYONE who really knows what they are doing. Not even the politically appointed Board Members have a fraction of a smell of a clue.

    And guess who pays the bills for all this foolery? Right, me and you, if not through income taxes then through losses of our sacred pension monies the politicians “borrow” to prop up their incompetence.

    But guess what? Right now Julie Riefer-Jones believes in her heart she has what it takes to be appointed CEO of LIAT.

    And guess what? Those politicians just might make that decision. Well, they WILL support their “friends”, not so? And, after all, it’s only taxpayer money, and our losses don’t matter, they will just tax us some more.


  8. kyle
    June 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Give Reifer-Jones a chance to be rich. She deserves it. Somebody must get paid. Whether Reifer-Jones or someone else.

  9. BimJim
    June 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

    So that the rest of us can continue to be delayed – sometimes for days – or be stranded around the Caribbean??

    Isn’t it time we insisted that the Prime Ministers – including “he who sleeps” – to CLEAN LIAT UP??

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