Removal of US restrictions benefiting LIAT

first_img Sharing is caring! Share An easing in United States post-September 11 terrorism restrictions is allowing LIAT to expand one of its business lines.ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thursday December 22, 2011 – For the first time since the terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001, LIAT is able to move cargo into the United States territories within its network.“We were waiting for this for a long time and we have worked many hours to make sure that the service to our clients will be second to none,” said LIAT’s Country Manager in San Juan Sadie Boneta-Rittenhouse.This development has now allowed LIAT to now expand its service offerings in time for the lucrative holiday season.The airline launched its inaugural dedicated all-cargo freighter service into San Juan, Puerto Rico last week in what has been described as a “significant milestone” in its 56-year history.“Apart from the Christmas special we expect brisk business throughout the year as our rates are significantly cheaper than our competitors and more than 50 per cent cheaper at some break points. We invite the business community to make use of our service to ship car parts, food stuff, clothing, and even moderately sized building materials, said director of Cargo and Quikpak Wilbur Edwards.Edwards said that LIAT prepared meticulously for the service; and in addition to meeting all of the government’s requirements, had forged strategic relationships with several local companies who handle cargo, sales, and pick-up and delivery. LIAT launched its dedicated freighter service in February 2011. The company’s dedicated freighter aircraft has a capacity of 7,500 pounds.LIAT, the Caribbean’s main intra-regional carrier, is owned by regional shareholders, with major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Caribbean 360 News Share Sharecenter_img 25 Views   no discussions Tweet LifestyleTravel Removal of US restrictions benefiting LIAT by: – December 23, 2011last_img read more