LIAT returned to Caribbean skies on Sunday following a seven-month absence. The airline operated its first flight from the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua to Dominica.
LIAT 401 departed Antigua at 4pm and arrived at Douglas Charles Airport at 4:45pm. The return flight, LIAT 402 left Dominica at 5pm and arrived at VC. Bird International Airport at 5:45pm. It was more a symbolic return flight.
LIAT will operate a limited schedule of flights when it launches its commercial schedule later this month which will return connectivity to its network which was impacted by the shutdown. The airline is currently completing all the training and regulatory requirements for the territories it will be flying to and will announce soon its limited schedule and destinations.
Also, several new procedures will be implemented to ensure the safety of passengers as well as reduce the risk of transmission of COVID. These include the mandatory wearing of masks at check-in and on board, enhancement in its cleaning and sanitisation protocols and new boarding procedures.
The airline was forced to suspend services in April due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to several destinations imposing travel bans and closing their borders.
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