The increase in fares, according to a LIAT Spokesperson, will be in the form of a fuel surcharge on all tickets purchased by travelers using the services of the airline, no matter the port of origin.
The airline argues that it has not raised its base fares for the past four years but instead has absorbed many cost increases, including those related to higher fuel prices, spare parts, staff salaries and benefits, ground handling fees, airport fees and aircraft engines.
The spokesman explained that the airline felt that it could no longer carry the burden of its higher operating costs and was therefore left with no alternative.
LIAT says the added charges will be determined by the mileage related to the travel of the customer.
It will cost US$12.50 for a one way trip of up to 150 miles; US$17.50 for a one way trip of between 151 to 300 miles; and US$20 for a one way trip above 300 miles.
LIAT contends that most other airlines throughout the world have introduced fuel surcharges to meet rising jet fuel prices thus the regional carrier is not taking action that is unique in the industry.
The airline says that it acknowledges the difficulty that this new development may have on its customers throughout the Caribbean and as such has made available a number of special fares, called “Just Go Fares” that can be accessed via its website www.liat.com).