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The start of a new year always brings exciting opportunities. For the LIAT family, we are buzzing with excitement because this year we will mark 60 years of service to the region.

In October 1956, Mr Frank DeLisle, a national of St Kitts, established Leeward Islands Air Transport with a single Piper Apache aircraft. Today, LIAT continues to advance the goal of Sir Frank to provide convenient air transport connections to the countries we serve.

Over the past 12 months LIAT has made steady steps in modernising the business. We are now a smaller, more compact airline than we were at the beginning of 2015. Our fleet transition, which began in 2013, is now complete. From now on, when you fly with us, you will enjoy the comfort of one of our nine modern ATR-600 series aircraft; we look forward to taking delivery of our tenth aircraft later this year.

The response from you, our valued customers, to the new aircraft has been very positive. This modern, quiet aircraft carried out over 25,000 flights for LIAT in 2015 with a 98.7% completion factor, which puts it in a leading category for turboprop aircraft. We continue to strive to match this level of reliability with similar improvements in our punctuality performance. This is not always an easy task in our often challenging operating environment but we recognise that on-time performance is of paramount importance to all who fly with us.

Thank you for your loyalty and continued interest in LIAT’s development and progress, and for choosing to fly with us time and time again. I do hope you will be able to join us for at least one of the many activities we have planned throughout the year to mark our 60th anniversary.

For now, enjoy this issue, in which an expert gives advice on where to stay, eat, drink and explore in Grenada; our Carnival planner helps you decide where to be for the best parties and parades; and we share with you an exclusive interview with Mario Turton, plus lots more.

On behalf of all of us at LIAT, here’s wishing you a happy New Year! We hope it brings you lots of joy and smooth landings. Stay sunny, keep smiling and, as always, live life to the full.

David Evans
Chief Executive Officer

 

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