While Antigua-based airline Liat will suspend its flights to and from St. Croix on March 1, the company’s St. Thomas flights will be suspended on June 14, Liat has clarified.
A previous story included the date March 14, and because of the weight of the story, this publication decided to publish a new article for wide circulation of the clarification.
According to the company, the decision to suspend operation of the mentioned routes was made “to achieve greater profitability and improve efficiency.”
“These moves are intended to help stabilize the airline’s flight schedule and network,” the company said.
The action follows a company-wide review of operations, with an end goal of ensuring that Liat only operate in commercially viable routes. Liat Chief Commercial Officer Lloyd Carswell said the change means more time added to schedules at airports throughout the region, while eliminating the underperforming routes.
While Liat left little hope for reinstating its St. Croix flights, Mr. Carswell said once the company makes up for its losses in the axed routes, it may consider flights to St. Thomas on a seasonal basis.
Liat’s next meeting with regional trade unions and the company’s management happens on Friday. Among topics to be discussed is the airline’s plan to reorganize routes of operation in its bid to maximize profits.