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Liat. No jokes, please
It's the airline that the Caribbean loves to tease, but the humour undercuts worry about an airline that’s undeniably an important part of the transportation network that binds the islands of the Caribbean together. Liat’s aircraft are able to land on airstrips that larger commercial airlines shun either because they simply can’t fit or because they can’t profitably include them in their routes. But Liat has always operated in a very strange place regionally and economically. Without the support of an oil-rich nation like T&T, it depends on the support of the islands that need it most but are least able to provide it with any significant subsidy.
Last week Liat formally acknowledged that “its operations continue to be affected by numerous challenges throughout its network.” Give the airline’s CEO Ian Brunton—a veteran of the ups and downs of BWIA and Caribbean Airlines—this: that news release was the most coherent and direct effort at apologising and explaining the issues to his travelling public that the airline has fielded so far.
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