Lucky If you Arrive on Time....

Kingstown Travel Blog

 › entry 36 of 123 › view all entries
The tiny DHC8 50-seater plane that caused me so many woes...

Having the car made getting to the airport in FDF easy, so I was there with no hassles by 7.45am for my supposedly 9.30am flight.  It didn't take long for Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) to start messing things up - 9.30am and no sign of a plane.  My route involved flying to St Lucia first before going onto St Vincent.  Finally our plane arrived at 10am and we were in the air by 10.20am.  The flight was only 15 minutes, so you hardly have to time to blink before you've landed again.  So we were in St Lucia by about 10.40am which had been making me sweat a little as my connecting flight to st Vincent was due to leave at 11.10am....I shouldn't have worried.  The departuare time came and went and we got a few different messages to keep delaying the take-off.  Finally we began to start boarding at about 12.45pm with a few dissenting voices.  The airport is so small you wait outside to board your plane and we could see them maintaining the plane and also loading all the bags.  I watched carefully as I didn't trust them and I knew that my bag hadn't been loaded.  so I mentioned it to one of the groundstaff who looked suspiciously like he'd be found out and after a quick chat, they confirmed that no bags had been taken off my original plane (which went onto Barbados!)...so no points for working out where my bag was going.  But the groundsman didn't seem embarrassed and said it was common for bags to take a different route to passengers (!!!)...I'd never heard of anything like this before!  He took a note of my baggage number and said he'd start investigating for me and that my bag would most likely arrive later in the day in St Vincent.

So I got on the flight, obviously concerned about the whereabouts of my bag.  We were then told on the plane that they were changing the route of the flight and that we were going to fly to Trinidad before St Vincent.  St V is 15 minute flight from St Lucia, whereas Trinidad is an hour away....I wasn't the only one who was now bloody unhappy and trying to get answers from the stewardess.  One girl near me said, 'its the same as usual with this lot, Lucky If you Arrive on Time' (LIAT for short!!) and this kind of thing it later became apparent was quite common with this bunch of jokers.  I'd paid US$221 for my flights, which was a lot considering how far (or not!) I was travelling, so I could already feel a complaint coming on....

I got to St Vincent eventually at 3.45pm, hungry and in need of a drink - they'd given nothing on board and we had no way to get anything.  St Vincent airport is tiny and it didn't take long to get through immigration and customs...although the customs lady was confused why I only had hand luggage!  The LIAT staff at the airport were so rude it was untrue and would answer no questions at all - all I could do was fill out a form and wait. Grrr!!!

I'd given up trying to argue at this point and just thought I'd try and get to my accomodation in Richmond before it got dark.  after ataxi to the centre, I caught one of minibuses that takes people round the island....and christ, what a hilly island it is too!  I don't think there's one flat bit of land!  Richmond is only about 17km as the crow flies from Kingston, but it took over an hour and that was with the driver doing his best impression of Jenson Button!  There weren't any curbs at the edges of the cliffs and I could see us (the minibus was crammed with about 20-odd people) easily going over the edge as the driver horned his way round every blind bend. It did only cost EC$5 (£1), so I couldn't argue with the price!!

But it was good to finally to get Richmond Vale Academy, it had been a long day....

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
The tiny DHC8 50-seater plane that…
The tiny DHC8 50-seater plane tha…
Kingstown
photo by: hoofinnit