Revival in the Skies: LIAT 2020 Takes Flight with Nigeria’s Air Peace Partnership

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At the recent 46th CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda shared exciting developments concerning the future of regional air travel, particularly the progress of LIAT 2020, the reincarnation of the iconic regional airline. In a significant move to revitalize and sustain air connectivity within the Caribbean, Prime Minister Browne announced a substantial partnership with Nigeria’s Air Peace, valued at an impressive US$80 million.

This partnership marks a pivotal moment in the efforts to revive LIAT, with Air Peace committing to provide three Embraer E-145 50-seater aircraft by mid-March. These aircraft will complement three others, sourced from the Caribbean Development Bank and leased by the previous incarnation of the airline, LIAT (1974) Ltd. Furthermore, Air Peace will lend its support in acquiring the headquarters for LIAT (1974) Ltd and the initial fleet of aircraft, laying the groundwork for the airline’s resurgence.

Recruitment efforts are currently underway to build the leadership team for LIAT 2020, focusing on acquiring an Air Operations Certificate. This certificate’s issuance is contingent upon the acquisition of the airline’s first aircraft, a crucial step in ensuring the airline meets the necessary regulatory and safety standards to operate.

In the coming days, Prime Minister Browne plans to meet with representatives from the Caribbean Development Bank to finalize the arrangements for the three planes formerly owned by LIAT (1974) Ltd. This meeting is expected to further solidify the foundation for LIAT 2020’s takeoff, bringing the Caribbean community one step closer to reestablishing a vital air link that has long facilitated trade, tourism, and cultural exchange throughout the region.

As these developments unfold, the Caribbean eagerly anticipates the rebirth of LIAT 2020, a symbol of regional resilience and collaboration. With the support of Air Peace and the collective commitment of CARICOM members, the future of regional air travel in the Caribbean looks promising, offering new opportunities for connectivity, economic growth, and unity among the Caribbean nations.

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