Challenges Loom as LIAT Aims for Comeback in Caribbean Skies

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Amidst growing anticipation for the regional airline LIAT’s resurgence, recent test flights supervised by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) have surfaced concerns that may delay its relaunch. During these evaluations, LIAT faced critical issues with its landing gear and engines—setbacks that underscore the complexities in reviving the carrier.

The outdated landing gear model poses significant challenges in sourcing replacements, while engine repairs have projected substantial financial costs. These developments have raised questions about the timeline and feasibility of LIAT 2020, the successor of the financially troubled LIAT 1974, which ceased operations during the Covid pandemic.

The airline’s revival is seen as vital for enhancing regional connectivity, with Antigua and Barbuda championing the effort in partnership with Nigerian airline Air Peace, which holds a 70% stake in the new venture. The partnership aims to introduce at least three aircraft initially and establish routes extending as far as Nigeria.

Obtaining the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from ECCAA remains a critical step for LIAT to resume operations. The authority’s role is crucial in maintaining aviation standards in the Eastern Caribbean, ensuring that all operational airlines meet the stringent requirements necessary for safe and reliable service. The resolution of these technical and logistical issues will be pivotal in determining when LIAT can once again serve the Caribbean region.

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