ST. JOHN’S, Antigua,– The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, says it will resume flights to Barbados and St. Lucia later this week, after suspending them as a result of the ongoing eruption at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
LIAT said that as of Friday, it will resume flights to Barbados and St. Lucia, but would continue the suspension to St. Vincent and Grenada “until further notice”.
The cash-strapped airline had suspended all flights in the southern part of its network as April 9, when the volcano began erupting explosively.
It said that the extended suspension, which affects all flights south of Dominica, had been caused by the explosive eruptions of the volcano and that these eruptions continue to spew large ash clouds into the atmosphere, forcing the closure of airports and airspace in the vicinity.
“Based on the volatility of the situation, passengers are asked to monitor their e-mails and LIAT’s website for updates. Passengers wishing to reschedule are asked to contact our Reservations Call Centre for assistance. The airline will be working with authorities to assist in relief and evacuation efforts into St. Vincent as soon as possible,” the airline said in the statement extending “our prayers and sincere wishes to the people of St. Vincent & the Grenadines at this challenging time”.
LIAT, which operates a limited schedule to nine destinations is currently under court ordered Administration.