I knew it was only a matter of time before a request to bail out LIAT due to hurricane related losses was coming. The issue is that the shareholder governments are all currently unable to assist. It will be interesting to see where this will go from here.
This is actually one time when LI does in fact deserve support. They need to determine the costs of providing relief flights, backing out revenue passengers and then launching appeals for funding to fill the gap.
The last thing that we need is for an island to be hit and LIAT refusing to provide relief flights because they lack the funds to support this. The only carrier flying into DOM since Maria was LI. They brought in useful supplies, some provided by LI employees, and they evacuated people many of them FREE!
LI has no obligation to provide relief flights or to offer service when not viable.
Gov'ts have three options. Offer cash, waive landing fees, or allow LI to keep a % of taxes levied. But LI cannot be expected to shoulder the burden of these relief flights without support. Put it this way, none of the majors evacuated anyone free. They merely capped fares that they charged.