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LIAT announces additional charge on its tickets – 3rd Jul 2013

liatThe regional island hopping airline LIAT on Wednesday announced that it has implemented a security surcharge on tickets in response to rising security demands and spiralling security costs.

According to the airline, the new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one way trip applies to all passengers, including children and infants, on all LIAT flights.

According to the airlines Communication manager, Desmond Brown, heightened airline and airport security over the last 10 years has resulted in rising security demands on airlines.

He stated too that additional security measures at many airports across the region, including Guyana, have been introduced including extra baggage searches and increased security around aircraft while on the ground.

Brown said that over the past several years security costs have been climbing and LIAT has been absorbing these costs in an effort to cushion the effects on its passengers. However, with the introduction of the security surcharge, LIAT hopes to recoup some of the additional security costs.

He said too that LIAT takes the safety and security of its customers and employees seriously.

The airline is expected to begin commercial flights from the Ogle Airport some time in the near future.

Meanwhile, Just over the weekend Minister of Tourism Irfaan Ali has announced a new Airline, Fly Jamaica Airlines, will be introducing  daily flights to New York from October.

Guyana has been facing airline seating problems on the popular Georgetown/New York route after RedJet and EZjet stopped flying last year.

The US-owned Delta Airlines pulled out earlier this year, saying it was not financially feasible to maintain the New York/Guyana route, a claim that has been debunked by the Government.

Since then, the Government has been desperate for additional airline service to the country.

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