ST GEORGE’S, GRENADA (CARIBUPDATE/Sept 21, 2016) – Grenada says regional airline LIAT has backed away from an initial decision to cut four daily flights to Grenada to satisfy among other things, the demands from shareholder St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The flights were to have been cut on Friday, but there has been what one industry official called a feverish back and forth between Grenada and LIAT officials in St John’s about the decision.
While there has been no word from LIAT, a Grenada government official said only one flight will now be cut from Friday – but another one is scheduled to be dropped next month.
A 10 PM direct flight to Arnos Vale from the Maurice Bishop International Airport is the one flight that will not be available from Friday.
The flight which originates in Port of Spain will now go directly to St Vincent bypassing Grenada altogether.
The second flight cut will not take effect until sometime in October, according to Grenada tourism officials.
LIAT will now fly its early morning plane from Arnos Vale direct to Bridgetown, without making the now customary stopover in Grenada.
The initial announcement that LIAT was to reduce its flights to Grenada sent shockwaves through the tourism industry in Grenada, where officials had complained even previous to announcement about the lack of capacity coming to the Maurice Bishop International Airport in regional travel.