LIALPA awaits LIAT action and investigation on ECCAA report

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LIALPA awaits LIAT action and investigation on ECCAA report

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LIAT Pilots’ Association awaits LIAT action and investigation on ECCAA report
Press release
Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) awaits the recommendations of an investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of management to investigate the breach of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) regulations on November 2, 2013 by its executive management.

LIAT and senior union officials are already in possession of an Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) report which vindicated the stance taken by the pilots union and ruled that as a direct result of the company's actions, LIAT had in fact committed in three regulatory breaches of safety regulations resulting in a possible fine of up to EC$150,000.

LIAT offered no defence in regard to the three offences and having accepted liability has already paid the fines associated with the incident. Reportedly the ECCAA is still investigating the “possibility of tampering with documents” surrounding the same indecent which MAY result in additional fines being levied.

This incident represents the first time in its history that the airline has been fined by the authority for breaches of safety regulations.


It is anticipated that a report based on an internal company investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of directors and conducted by Justice Leroy Innis due to be released shortly will address directly the matter of accountability and any institutional failings or corporate culture which may have contributed to the breaches in question; and where appropriate facilitate any corrective or disciplinary action that may be required to ensure the ongoing institutional integrity of the departments involved and the airline as a whole.

Senior union leadership have been quoted as saying, “While we are happy that the ECCAA has vindicated the stance taken by the professionals of LIALPA on this matter of safety there is still the outstanding issue of transparency and the matter of accountability of those involved in this serious matter, individuals cannot be allowed to corrupt the entire system. Additionally, in the context of a reality where the airline is grappling with cash flow issues and asking staff to accept late payment of salaries to not address accountability for an action that directly incurred substantial financial liability to the company is unacceptable and borders on ridiculous.”

Sources indicate the Justice Innis report is scheduled to be released shortly and is expected to largely mirror the findings of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority on the matter.

While only the ECCAA can rule on matters of law and regulatory compliance as it is the final authority on civil aviation matters within the Eastern Caribbean jurisdiction, the Justice Innis report is expected to expand on that and examine internal processes, compliance with company regulations and examine the outstanding accountability issue.

LIALPA is the trade union that represents the approximately 130 pilots employed by LIAT (1974) Ltd.

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