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LIAT pilots reject call for salary cuts

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM
LIAT, an inter-island carrier owned by governments of the eastern Caribbean.

Pilots of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, have rejected a call for them to take a salary cut as the Antigua-based airline seeks to reverse its financial situation.

President of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIAPA), Carl Burke said members are very reluctant to accept the call for a salary cut at this time.

Earlier this month, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said progress had been made regarding the future direction of the regional airline, following a more than four hour meeting in Barbados.

The Barbados meeting was held against the move by the shareholders to get Caribbean countries to contribute US$5.4 million in emergency funding need to keep the airline in the sky.

It is likely that a few flights may be cut if the government is not prepared to fund them with a guarantee, Gonsalves said.