Region & CaribbeanEnglish News Caribbean Airline LIAT Reports Economic Losses October 8, 2017 1738 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter tweet Bridgetown, — Julie Reifer-Jones, executive director of Caribbean airline LIAT reported in Barbados Friday that the airline reported losses around 6 million dollars after the path of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Before Irma and Maria went over the Caribbean Sea and countries, the authoriries of the airline LIAT reported economic damage reaching 9.2 million dollars for the end of 2017, and it might increase, when all the affectations are definitely compiled. Reifer-Jones explained in a communique that the agency CIBC First Caribbean will donate 550,000 dollars for evacuation flights and humanitarian assistance in 7 of the affected countries. The countries are: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sint Maarten, and Turks & Caicos. LIAT has presence in all the nations of the Caribbean, and has performed 54 humanitarian assistence flights up to now, most of them not financed. The leadership insisted on the need of a solid regional planning system for disasters, for the impact to provoke less stagnation at the recovery times. The leadership remembered what happened when Tropical Storm Erika (August 2015) went through Dominica, and caused that the air flight service took from 9 months to a complete year to be restored. After the path of Hurricane Maria considerable damages have occurred for the Caribbean regional air transport services.