Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen has announced the restoration of the daily early morning LIAT service to Barbados.
LIAT withdrew this and another service in late 2016, prompting local officials to seek alternatives, while negotiating with LIAT for restoration.
The decision of the regional carrier to restore the flight follows a visit to Grenada by LIAT top-ranking executives at the invitation of the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Airlift for discussions early in February this year.
Acting CEO Julie Reifer-Jones, Chief Commercial Officer, Lloyd Carswell and Manager of Scheduling, Jabari Jemmot represented LIAT at the February meeting.
The service will resume on June 15 and is already available for sale via LIAT’s online portal.
According to Minister Modeste-Curwen, LIAT will also be introducing a new flight to Grenada in what is known as a point-to-point service (Barbados-Grenada-Barbados).
“This new service will also commence on June 15th and will operate four days a week, arriving from Barbados mid-morning, and departing Grenada just before noon for Barbados”, she said.
Chairman of the Airlift Committee, Richard Strachan recalled that at the meeting with LIAT in February, the representatives “assured us of their new vision in doing business with Grenada by ensuring same day connectivity both ways”.
Strachan indicated that LIAT plans to change the aircraft type to the larger ATR72, thereby providing an additional 40 seats daily (BGI-GND-POS) on one of the services.
He stated that the new schedule will significantly increase the number of available seats to Grenada weekly.
Marketing Manager at the Grenada Tourism Authority, Francine Stewart, welcomed the new LIAT schedule noting that the top two regional markets for Grenada in the last two years have been Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago both ways.
“This new schedule of service parallels nicely with our needs and we have already started working with LIAT’s marketing team to not only market the new flights, but to fulfill the additional capacity we are now going to benefit from”, she said.