LIAT announces activities to mark its 55th anniversary

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, October 04, 2011 – Regional airline LIAT will on October 16, 2011 mark 55 years of continuous service to the peoples and countries of the Eastern Caribbean; and THE Caribbean Airline has planned a series of activities to mark the occasion.

Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown said the week of activities will commence with a tour, by senior regional journalists, of the LIAT Hangar and Operations Control on Friday October 14. This will be followed by a press conference at LIAT Headquarters.

On Sunday, October 16 (LIAT’s birthday), employees will join the congregation of the Holy Family Cathedral, Michael’s Mount in St. John’s for the Anniversary Church Service. Mr. Brown said the LIAT Chairman, Dr. Jean Holder and senior Company executives are expected to take part in various activities during the anniversary week to provide information on LIAT’s history and inform about the Company’s plans for the future.

In addition to the corporate activities, Mr. Brown said the Company’s employees, through the LIAT Social Club, will also be hosting several events including a Queen Pageant at Grant Royal Antiguan Beach Resort on October 8; Softball Cricket on October 12; Football on October 13; Debate, Games Night and Karaoke on October 14; a Mad Hatter Fete on October 15 and a Beach Splash on October 16. “The activities are geared to bring the staff together, building camaraderie in healthy, friendly competition; and to improve our day to day working relationship,” Social Club Committee member and LIAT’s longest serving employee Mrs. Nutilia Simon said. “It will also portray LIAT in a positive way as we continually express our sincere thanks to our loyal supporters,” Mrs. Simon added.

LIAT, known then as Leeward Island Air Transport Service Ltd., was founded in Montserrat in October 1956 by St. Kitts-born Mr. Frank Delisle. LIAT has grown over the years and is now the main mode of transportation for people travelling between the islands, serving more than 20 destinations. LIAT operates more than 800 flights per week from Santo Domingo in the north to Guyana in the south – providing the most extensive inter-island network of any carrier in our region. Last year LIAT moved an estimated 950,000 passengers.

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