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Grantley Adams International Airport Inc’s (GAIA) deputy CEO, Terry Layne, shows Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins some of the safety protocols in place at GAIA while Permanent Secretary Donna Cadogan and officials look on. (Photo: Sheena Forde-Craigg/BGIS)

Making Grantley Adams Intl Airport the southern C’bean aviation hub

Grantley Adams International Airport Inc’s (GAIA) deputy CEO, Terry Layne, shows Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins some of the safety protocols in place at GAIA while Permanent Secretary Donna Cadogan and officials look on. (Photo: Sheena Forde-Craigg/BGIS)

The Ministry of Tourism and International Transport in Barbados has been working with the board and management of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc to position the facility as the premier southern aviation hub.

Last Wednesday, after touring the airport, Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins pointed out that “there is a revenue generation opportunity and a developmental opportunity at the Grantley Adams International Airport as a southern aviation hub and a southern logistics hub”.

Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins (Photo: Barbados Advocate)

She noted that the goal of making the airport the premier southern aviation hub for cargo and logistics is still a priority, despite GAIA Inc moving towards a public-private partnership arrangement

Handling COVID-19 challenges

As the airport suffers from low passenger arrivals as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the tourism minister shared that she, along with ministry officials, have met with the board and management of GAIA Inc to discuss how to address some of the challenges on a short-term basis.

“…there is a revenue generation opportunity and a developmental opportunity at the Grantley Adams International Airport as a southern aviation hub and a southern logistics hub…”

— Lisa Cummins, senator and minister of tourism, Barbados

“We are working closely together throughout today (Wednesday) and into the rest of the week, along with our health officials, to address some of those challenges,” she stated.

Senator Cummins stressed that one of the objectives of the management of the airport is to ensure that all travellers adhere to the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ COVID-19 protocols while they provide a safe environment for passengers and staff.

The entrance to the Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church, Barbados.
(Photo: GIS Barbados)

The tour of the airport involved a delegation of officials that included Permanent Secretary Donna Cadogan; GAIA Inc CEO Hadley Bourne; chairman of the board Vic Fernandes; and Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc’s Acting CEO Robert Chase. Deputy CEO of GAIA Inc Terry Layne guided tour.

During the tour, they were able to observe processes in the arrival and departure areas, interact with some of the proprietors of small shops opened in the departure area, and view cargo and private hangar facilities.