(St John’s, Antigua) The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) would like to inform the
Caribbean people that due to misguided and ill-informed decisions taken by management, an emergency
meeting of the Association took place in Antigua to brief its membership about the repercussions of
management’s unfortunate actions and to chart the way forward.
According to our Association’s constitution, this emergency meeting required a specific percentage of
pilots at a specific base to be in attendance. Due to numerous crews being out on overnights and others
away on training in the United States and France, it was necessary to have all remaining crews in the
respective bases attend. The crews were immediately released for duty at the end of the meeting.
As a result of this, all departures from Antigua and Barbados were affected, and many of you suffered
disruptions to your travel plans. For this, we sincerely apologize. Please be assured that our decisions to
hold the emergency meeting was not taken lightly but we had no other choice due to the serious nature
of the impulsive and reckless actions of management. We also had legitimate concerns about LIAT”s
flight operations which we communicated to the company via several e-mails and telephone exchanges.
Eventually, good sense prevailed and management withdrew the suspensions of two (2) pilots, one (1) of
the pilots being our Association President. He had been suspended on Monday at a meeting with
management, while acting in his capacity as a Union Representative to address the issue of the other
suspended pilot. Management has also guaranteed the pilots a meeting this morning Wednesday 6th
November 2013 with Acting CEO Ms. Julie Reifer-Jones, to discuss the chain of events that led to this
impasse. The outcome of this meeting will determine the way forward for both parties.
We continue to pledge to you the traveling public that we are taking a reasonable and responsible
position in dealing with these matters. We do this because of our unwavering commitment to you, our
unrelenting dedication to your best interests in the long-term, and with the best interests of the airline’s
future survival at the forefront.
Once again, we apologize to the general public and any inconveniencies caused by flight disruptions are