I flew with LIAT nine times and generally they are a reasonable airline. However, they do some strange things on occasions.

On a flight from Barbados to St. Vincent we waited on the ground for 40  minutes for a ‘package’ to arrive from St. Lucia, which didn’t arrive so we took off anyway. On the return flight, we took off 15 minutes early.

LIAT cancelled my flight from Curacao to Barbados via Trinidad, but they did place all their passengers onto the Surinam Airways flight to Trinidad. This was good of both airlines, however it did mean that all the LIAT passengers had to clear customs in Port of Spain, which took an hour due to the diligence (slowness?) of the customs officers in the airport.

There were no LIAT offiicials to meet us or help us, so we had to make our way to the check-in area to find that our flight to Barbados was leaving in 45 minutes.  It did take off and arrive on time.


Traveler JulianJulian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734