Jet bridges long overdue, argues Senator

Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael has made a strong call for the introduction of jet bridges at Grantley Adams International Airport.

Speaking in the Upper Chamber during debate on the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Sir Trevor argued that “the absence of jet bridges in the original airport was possibly one of the biggest disasters Barbados had ever experienced.

“I say that in strong terms because I would not say I know, but I have heard the history of why those jet bridges never appeared in the first presentation of the airport for users,” he said, pointing out that the cost of jet bridges was now “phenomenally high when you consider that about five per cent of the present cost could have put them in at the time of the original construction.

“I am delighted that efforts are being made to have them installed, albeit at very high cost. They should have been there before,” Sir Trevor added.

While noting that Category 1 status brings a lot of advantages to a country, he contended that jet bridges would contribute to Barbados achieving such status.

And while suggesting that Barbados was fairly close to achieving Category 1 status, he acknowledged that new laws and regulations would be needed to support the certification and oversight of air carriers, as well as the necessary technical expertise, resources, organization and training to ensure international compliance.

9 Responses to Jet bridges long overdue, argues Senator

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte July 7, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Island Life v Big City life … even though jet bridges serve they purpose there is something special disembarking an airplane in the open on a tropical island even if the rain is falling

    • Leroy July 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      You ever exit a plane during a thunderstorm?

      Or was stranded in the terminal because of one and having to make a connecting flight?

  2. G.G Billingy
    G.G Billingy July 7, 2016 at 7:00 am

    they really long overdue for a major international airport in the region, Barbados needs to make a better effort on this issue, its really a disappointment, they simply lagging behind T&T , St. Maarten, & now St. Vincent, with their new Airport.

  3. Ann Harding July 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Experiencing the wonderful tropical air as soon as I step out of an airplane in Barbados is a magical feeling. Even with carry on bags I do not mind taking stairs as I enjoy the fresh air. Why should we mimic structures that are intended for climates where one needs protection from the elements? Are we now too weak to use stairs?

    • Leroy July 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      You ever exit a plane during a thunderstorm?

  4. Tony Waterman July 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    @Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael!!!!! you said:-“the absence of jet bridges in the original airport was possibly one of the biggest disasters Barbados had ever experienced.”
    SIR!!!! are you for real, did you think this through before you spoke, or was it that you did speak was all that mattered ?? are you telling me that No Jet Bridges is worse than “Hurricane Janet, ot Hurricane Tomas, or the Washing away (Flooding) of Delamere Land, ???
    There is NOTHING like arriving at GAIA on a HOT, SUNNY Day, and felling that HOT air as you exit that Aircraft. and if it is Raining ??? only Bajans Hate Rain and run to Fires,

    The Tourism authority, and the Minister of Tourism has lauded the amount of Visitors that we had last Season and the Stats for this Season, in your Opinion Sir!!! are they still coming because they hat the fact that we dont have Jet Bridges ??? do they even care SIR Have you Polled them, or is it that YOUR Opinion is the only one that Matters ?????

    SIR!!!!! what difference would it have been, if these Bridges were installed way back Then, would they not have been a similar Financial Burden at that time also ???

    @ Leroy!!!! I have on many Occasions, and i felt like Heaven to Me,
    BTW Leroy!! You either Lying or have not Visited Barbados for 50 Years, if there is a Thunder storm there are Buses that take you to the you don’t get SOAKING wet anyway, unless you fraid of Water.

    Have you ever gone down one of these Bridges in the Winter, and when you get to the Plane Door the Bridge is separated from the Plane and you stand there waiting for it to be fixed and you are freezing to Death ??? I Have on more than one occasion,and i was NOt upset, kaka happens.

    If they put them in or not, i still going to Come Home to the Rock, will be there on July 12th 20116 to August 21st 2016 God willing, nothing can stop me, ONLY DEATH.

  5. Bobo July 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Tony Waterman right on–Barbados leaders living in a primitive world–ideas and thoughts always are paid to foreign professionals to tell the regions leaders ‘what and what they need’ and what they don’t need.

  6. BimJim July 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Before anything else is said or done, we need to get back to basics – Barbados is over TEN BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT, and we are STILL spending more than a Billion dollars too much every year. I suggest we live within our means o\for once – Jet Bridges can wait, just as it has waited for the last 30 years.

    Why should we always be looking sideways? Which Joneses are we keeping up with?

    Barbados IS backwards – half the people passing through Barbados are going somewhere else, yet there are no transit facilities, and those staying in Barbados must fight with the transits for Immigration, Customs, and then again at the ticketing counters and Security when they go around the corner and check in again.

    Every time a brand new terminal building is constructed or modified, it is obsolete the day it opens – there is no more room for expansion to additional counters, airlines, passengers, offices or other facilities. Since the real-world objective is to build for the future, we obviously build only for the past – short-sighted narrow-mindedness all the way.

    And watch and see when they DO spend the money our great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren will still be paying back, there will not be enough. Third World incompetence and stupidity, most probably because somebody near the top has to get massive kick-backs for it to happen at all.

    Ya tink it easy?

  7. Watchman July 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    The blast of hot air when the doors open, walking down the steps then to the terminal, these are among the unique things that let me know I get to Bim. When I lucky, I get some good hot sun in my skin too.
    When I walk onto one of those bridges, I cannot distinguish where I am. Please leave out the bridges, let the unique welcome Barbados has to offer remain.


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