Cargo facility coming

A new air cargo facility is on the cards for Barbados. That is, if the Barbados Labour Party wins the government.

The party’s manifesto pledge the development of “a new modern air cargo facility and implement a 24-hour customs cargo operation to improve the airport clearance of merchandise and operational efficiencies”.

Aviation was one of the areas tackled in the just released manifesto, including a promise to “initiate discussions on the review of the CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement to encourage the growth of air services in the region and a more competitive airline industry”, and another to, “implement an air services development strategy and a blueprint for the opening and development of new routes from existing and emerging markets, including the implementation of marketing and promotional support to secure viable air services opportunities”.

A new cruise centre at the Grantley Adams International Airport will also be created “to facilitate the growth of the fly/cruise programme and to alleviate congestion in the main terminal”.

Even so, the party promised to conduct continuous monitoring of service quality at the airport to improve delivery of services to passengers.

It said too that it would “implement the necessary consumer protection regulations to ensure that the travelling public is protected against unfair commercial behaviour by airlines, and, further diversify existing source markets and market segments for visitors while engaging in prudent joint marketing with airlines and other travel partners to boost arrivals to the island”.

Existing agreements with carriers would be reviewed when possible, it said too, “particularly in relation to revenue guarantee agreements, and institute new transport arrangements with airlines with regard to air services agreements”.

“The current policy has been a burden and embarrassment to Barbados. Our nation deserves better,” the document stated. (LB)

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