ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 9, 2013 – The regional airline, LIAT, which is in the process of acquiring a fleet of new aircraft, Wednesday said it was increasing the cost of its tickets to include a security surcharge.
A statement from the Antigua-based airline said that the surcharge on tickets is “in response to rising security demands and spiralling security costs.
“The new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one way trip applies to all passengers, including children and infants, on all LIAT flights.”
LIAT said heightened airline and airport security over the last 10 years has resulted in rising security demands on airlines.
“Additional security measures at many airports have been introduced including extra baggage searches and increased security around aircraft while on the ground,” LIAT said, adding 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 customers.
“With the introduction of the security surcharge, LIAT hopes to recoup some of the additional security costs. LIAT takes the safety and security of its customers and employees very seriously and appreciates your understanding in the current circumstances.”
The airline said it was joining more than 100 airlines worldwide which have introduced similar charges since 2001.
Earlier this month, LIAT introduced the first of its French-manufactured ATR in a total of eight ATRs.