LIAT not out to price gouge

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thursday March 29, 2012 – Regional legacy carrier LIAT has sought to allay fears that now it once again holds the monopoly on inter-regional travel that it will be ramping back up its airfares.

The recent suspension of flights by REDjet had raised concerns in some sectors that this could lead to an escalation in air fares for regional travel.

However, in a media release issued yesterday (March 28), LIAT announced to its customers and the general travelling public that it had no intention of seeking to take advantage of REDjet’s suspension of services by raising its fares in a manner that would result in any “unnecessary increase” in ticket prices.

Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown pointed out that since the suspension of flights by REDjet, there has been no increase in the fares offered by LIAT.

“In fact, to the contrary, LIAT has intensified its campaign to provide discounted seats for regional travel beginning with a series of special fares offered to distressed REDjet passengers,” Brown said.

“This was expanded to include special fares for the on-going international cricket series, as well as other promotional fares to the travelling public. These are in addition to LIAT’s regular offering of special ‘Just Go’ fares available on our web site.”

Brown noted that LIAT is very conscious of its central role in air transportation in the region and continues to do all possible within its constraints to provide the public with affordable fares.

He further pointed out, that as is the case with other airlines LIAT’s tickets are sold in several fare classes from the lowest to the highest class.

“On each flight tickets are sold in several fare classes. Each seat is allocated and sold in a particular fare class on each flight. LIAT has not reallocated the number of seats available in its various fare classes for any flight since 16th March 2012 at 8:00pm,” Brown said. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)