LIAT (1974) Ltd. announced the cancellation of several flights scheduled for today across the Caribbean island chain due to Hurricane Earl.
According to reports, the airline did not say whether flights from Guyana to Trinidad and Barbados would be affected in any way.
The Antigua-headquartered airline also announced that its reservation centre has been shut, as outer-bands of rain and winds of Hurricane Earl are being felt in Antigua and Barbuda.
Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer announced that the entire VC Bird International Airport has been closed as the twin-island awaits the passage of the storm. Hurricane shelters have been opened and people who live in low-lying areas have been urged to move to higher grounds or take up refuge in the shelters.
Although Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have not been named in the flight-cancellation advisory, it is expected that there will be reduced passenger-flow to and from Guyana by people shuttling from the island-chain stretching from Puerto Rico to Grenada.
At 14:00 hours East Caribbean and Guyana Time, Hurricane Earl was packing winds of 75 miles an hour and was located 230 miles south-east of Barbuda, heading west north-west at near 15 miles per hour, according to the United States National Hurricane Center.
LIAT is advising passengers who would like to re-book, that the airline would “provide information on the resumption of its central reservation service in a subsequent advisory.”
The cash-strapped airline ruled out providing meals, transportation and accommodation to passengers who had decided to travel but could not have completed their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions.
The airline, which operates several short-haul twin-engine aircraft, urged passengers to contact their respective carriers.
The following flights which were scheduled to operate today have now been cancelled. LI 771-Antigua/St. Lucia, LI 361 – Antigua/Dominica, LI 504 – Antigua/St. Kitts/St. Maarten, LI 362 – Dominica/Antigua, LI 521 – Tortola/St. Maarten, LI 503 – St. Maarten/St. Kitts, LI 521 – St. Maarten/Antigua, LI 310 – St. Lucia/St. Maarten, LI 540 – Antigua/St. Maarten, LI 362 – Antigua/San Juan, LI 503 – St. Kitts/Antigua, LI 540 – St. Maarten/St. Thomas, LI 310 – St. Maarten/Tortola, LI 312 – Antigua/St. Maarten, LI 550 – Antigua/St. Kitts, LI 541 – St. Thomas/St. Maarten, LI 313 – Tortola/St. Maarten, LI 384 – St. Vincent/San Juan, LI 515 – San Juan/St. Maarten, LI 550 – St. Kitts/St. Maarten, LI 312 – St. Maarten/St. Thomas, LI 541 – St. Maarten/Nevis, LI 760 – Canouan/Barbados, LI 314 – St. Maarten/Tortola , LI 515 – St. Maarten/St. Kitts, LI 550 – St. Maarten/St. Thomas, LI 541 – Nevis/Antigua, LI 315 – Tortola/St. Maarten, LI 516 – St. Kitts/San Juan, and LI 553 – St. Thomas/Anguilla.
The Company plans to issue a further advisory at 10:00am on Monday, August 30.
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