Open skies!

Grenada’s Prime Minister is calling on the authorities in Barbados to ease restrictions to allow more airlines to spread their wings across the region.

Although not identifying any entity in particular or specifying any problems encountered, Dr Keith Mitchell suggested that Barbados was not making it easy for carriers to expand.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the Grenadian leader raised concerns that while some carriers are anxious to expand they can’t do so without the necessary licensing support from Barbados.

And he called for “changes to the Barbados policy model”.

“I would just like to see an open skies situation that other airlines be given the opportunity to fly into Barbados and that we should not be putting anything in the way of additional transport throughout parts of the region to Barbados and, of course, to other parts of the region,” Mitchell said.

When asked whether there were any efforts in particular that had been blocked, Mitchell said there had been “interest shown” but there wasn’t the required “cooperation or initiative” on the Barbados end to provide licensing support.

“That is affecting, to some extent, other institutions or airlines that might be thinking of initiating some transport throughout the region,” Mitchell said, noting that Barbados is seen as a hub in the Caribbean.

 

2 Responses to Open skies!

  1. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don March 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

    It’s not Barbados thats really doing it. It’s Trinidad pulling the strings of the bajan puppets we call MP’s.
    They sold out Bim to T&T,to line them pockets. Look at our landmarks and properties being bought and sold, CLICO in everything, yet the can’t find de money. Trinidad been trying to take over Bim like a hostile takeover in business. Bankrupt the country, make them dependent on T&T. Where was BWIA head office, Caribbean Airways, the list goes on.
    It’s about time Bim stop making themselves a proxy.

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  2. Mac10 March 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    “Although not identifying any entity in particular or specifying any problems encountered, Dr Keith Mitchell suggested that Barbados was not making it easy for carriers to expand”.

    Clearly no real journalist was in the room to allow allegations to be made with no facts to back them up. When will you ask the questions that need to be asked???

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