ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, March 16, 2020 (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda-based regional airline, LIAT, says it has taken “immediate measures”, to ensure the safety of all its stakeholders, after it had been “advised” that a passenger, who travelled on one of its services, has, subsequently, tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“At the time of travel, the passenger did not present any symptoms at check-in or on-board. The passenger tested positive, several days later, for the virus,” the airline said, without indicating the destination of the passenger.
“While the assessment, from public health authorities, is that the risk of exposure is low, LIAT has taken immediate measures to ensure the safety of all its stakeholders. In accordance with procedures and in consultation with the public health authorities, LIAT has taken the crew members, from the flight, off duty, and they are currently in self-quarantine,” it added.
LIAT, which is owned by regional governments — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines — said it has also “ensured that the aircraft was cleaned, in keeping with global cleaning standards”.
“In addition, we have taken the additional measure of having the aircraft deep-cleaned and sanitized, using processes, outlined by the authorities and the aircraft manufacturer,” the airline said, adding that it has been in contact with the relevant public authorities, and has complied with their request for information on the affected flight.
“This is in keeping with the standard protocol. LIAT’s COVID-19 Project Team has been in contact with the various health authorities and airports in our network, and continues to monitor the situation, closely.
“LIAT will continue to work, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, as this situation with COVID-19 evolves,” said the airline, which flies to 21 destinations, on a daily basis.