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Absenteeism is costing regional airline
LIAT millions of dollars in revenue.
The Antigua-based carrier said
it is losing millions of dollars in
revenue because of crew-affected
illnesses. However, LIAT's pilots
have blamed a region-wide flu outbreak and the Zika
virus as the reason for the increased illnesses.
Observer Media in Antigua reported that it had pe-
rused documents that showed just how the absence
of pilots and cabin crew---due to the illness---had tak-
en a toll on the carrier's already stretched resources.
According to the documents, so far for this month
alone, roughly 175 flights have been cancelled due
to pilots calling in sick.
"To put this into perspective, LIAT operated around
1,600 flights, so the pilots' sickness caused the can-
cellation of 11 per cent, causing around 6,500 passen-
gers' flights to be cancelled," the document stated.
"In addition, these cancellations caused significant
delays and disruptions to over 15,000 passengers."
According to LIAT, the average number of flight
cancellations for most airlines is around one per cent.
Over 1,000 passengers had to stay overnight in ho-
tels because of the cancellations this month, after
approximately 200 pilots called in sick.
"This equates to around 14 per cent sickness with
the industry average being between three and five per
cent," the LIAT document stated.
It also revealed the number of sick days reported
by cabin crew stood at 83 so far this November: "This
equates to around 11 per cent sickness, with the in-
dustry average being four per cent."
In total, LIAT estimates that these disruptions
caused by crew sickness cost over EC$1 million
(US$370,370) in the past few weeks.
Captain Carl Burke, who heads the Leeward Islands
Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), has denied that
the pilots reporting sick was a result of some form
of industrial action.
He said LIAT's recently publicized sick leave policy
has forced more pilots to obtain certified sick leave
for their illnesses.
to the Caribbean
Princess Cruises is making a big move back to the
Caribbean in 2018 after a four-year break, the Cruise
line has announced.
The cruise line, which copped the Best Cruise Line
Shore Excursion Awards in Cruise Critics 2016 Editor's
Pick said preparations are in the making to resume
summer cruises to favourite Caribbean destinations
by the second quarter of 2018.
And there are bigger offerings in store for cruisers.
Caribbean Princess will sail a series of itineraries,
ranging from seven nights in the Eastern and Western
Caribbean to 20 nights in the Caribbean and Panama
Canal between April and October 2018.
All 47 departures will be round trip from Fort Lau-
Highlights of Princess' summer 2018 programme
include new 20-night Caribbean and Panama Explorer
cruises, which include nights along the Panama Ca-
nal and 10 ten nights in to favourite destinations in
either the Southern Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean.
Other itineraries include eight nights in the South-
ern Caribbean with stops in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire;
ten nights in the Eastern Caribbean, visiting the line's
private island Princess Cays, St Thomas, Antigua, St
Lucia, Barbados, and St Kitts; 10 nights in the south-
ern Caribbean calling at Princess Cays, St Thomas,
Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Curacao; and ten
nights in the Caribbean, Panama and Costa Rica,
featuring a partial Panama Canal transit as well as
the ports of Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colon, Limon
Cruisers can combine the seven-night Caribbean
cruises for a total of 14 nights and the 10-night Pan-
ama Canal cruise with either the 10-night Eastern or
Southern Caribbean Cruise, for a total of 20 nights
VACANCY -- CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
for Community Based HIV Response
Our client, LINKAGES, is working with stakeholders in 4 Caribbean countries to
reduce HIV transmission among key populations in the region. ey wish to hire
a Capacity Development Advisor for a 1 year contract, to take responsibility for:
- E ective high quality implementation of capacity development
interventions for national CSOs.
- Strengthening the technical and organizational capacity of CSOs.
- Supervising all Capacity Development Consultants and Long Term
- Monitoring implementation, ensuring adherence to timelines, budget
management and achievement of objectives.
You should bring to the table:
- 5+ years of experience in community-based capacity development projects,
including experience in community mobilization and civil society
- 3+ years of demonstrated technical expertise in the development and
implementation of interventions around HIV prevention, care and
treatment of key populations.
- Fluency in verbal and written English.
- Willingness to spend at least 30% of the time traveling to other Eastern
Caribbean country sites.
- Experience in managing procurement processes, particularly those related
Please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
12th December 2016, quoting the job reference CDA/2016.
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