Guadeloupe civil unrest affects LIAT flights

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, February 27, 2009 – Regional airline LIAT announced today that it had cancelled its daily flight to and from Guadeloupe because of the ongoing civil unrest on the French Caribbean Island and the resulting early closure of the main airport each day.

A five-week general strike by workers in the French island has resulted continues despite unions signing a deal to raise workers’ salaries that will the lowest ones supplemented with a US$254 monthly payment.

“The flight which is scheduled to depart Guadeloupe at 6:00 pm for Antigua has been cancelled with immediate effect,” Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown said.
“I would like to point out that we have not dropped the island from our list of destinations and we continue to operate flight 321 which leaves Antigua at 10:00AM four days weekly for Guadeloupe, via Dominica. This allows for passengers to get to and from Guadeloupe on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays,” he added.
Flight 558 was a daily service that operated from Dominica to Antigua via Guadeloupe.
Brown said that the Guadeloupe Airports Authority recently advised carriers that the new closing time for the airport was 6:00 pm each day.

Union leaders in the Caribbean island have said the strike would continue until France’s government had addressed spiraling prices.

The strike has crippled the island and occasionally erupted into violence.