St Lucy could have its airport at last

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy today revealed that “serious approaches” had been made by at least two interests – one local and the other international – regarding the construction of an airport in the north of the island.

However, Sealy made it clear that such a facility was at the pre-feasibility stage, therefore, there was no need to get too excited at this stage.

St Lucy has been identified as an ideal location for this airport, the minister said as he led off debate on the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, much to the delight of Member of Parliament for the northern parish Denis Kellman.

In welcoming Sealy’s announcement, Kellman said that as far back as 1977 National Hero the Right Excellent Errol Barrow had acquired land in St Lucy for an airport.

Kellman, who has been agitating for the construction of an airport in his constituency for many years, argued that Barbadians were deceiving themselves if they believed one airport was sufficient.

He also maintained that tourism was too important for the country’s economic well-being to be served by one airport.

39 Responses to St Lucy could have its airport at last

  1. Smiley June 29, 2016 at 8:30 am

    A little country like Barbados with two airports ? Nonsense !!! Get things right first with Qeh , Uwi, garbage, minibus lawlessness and gun violence in this country .We don’t need another airport.

    • Gdbiz June 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

      *Facepalm*… I agree man,… Like you said, there is absoulutely no reason for another airport. Its quite apparent why a project of that magnitude is suggested by those guys… If passed there would be lots of money involved….. –nuff said— 🙂

    • Hook June 30, 2016 at 2:53 am

      I haven’t read this much crap in a while. How is the Government supposed to control a hospital in which most of it is owned by the private sector? Secondly BE GLAD THAT WE HAVE IT LIKE THIS AT UWI. Because we had free education so long, we’ve become complacent. Right now, I gotta find 30,000 to go to university in the US and that’s not factoring in transport and board. Thirdly, gun violence hardly exists here. On average we barely see 10 murders a year and take the 45 minute flight to Trinidad and you end up in a country that has .ore murders than days in the year. And finally, about controlling minibuses, the only people who can control the drivers are the ones giving the paycheck in the private sector. Be glad for what we have here in Bim. If you don’t have the solution, don’t complain about the problem.

      • Donild Trimp July 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        Hook, I do not get your point.

        You are trying to say that because you “gotta” find 30,000 to go to University in the US, Bajans should be satisfied and happy because University education in Barbados is no longer free?

        Typical selfish mentality by people who feel important.

        Just like the immigrants from the Caribbean living in Canada and the USA who believe the Canadian and US Governments should restrict immigration from the Caribbean.

        You don’t have the solution either.

  2. BaJan boy June 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

    That is what happens when fools run-ning… Anything that Denis Kellman suggest got to be something clownish and then another clown now comes and endorse it surely this is silly season.

  3. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson June 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    You really think it would take two more year to start this project your time and your government time is short so what airport you will get certainly not with your name on it that what you want not what you will get there is nothing wrong in talking about it and saying the card are on the table to make you feel good

    • J. Payne July 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

      The people of St. Lucy have not moved a DEM from that area since 1986. He could probably tell those up there to eat grass and get voted back in.

  4. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Now this is so laughable. Somehow I know Denis Kellman was so pleased after all the begging and pleading of an airport in his constituency. He needs to understand that this is not America with many airports and train stations. This is Barbados.

  5. seagul June 29, 2016 at 10:23 am

    We have some first grade egomaniacs in the wrong places. Does the people get to vote on this may-day idea.

  6. Orville Hall June 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    So tell me again why do we need another airport. Two airports on a 166 square-mile island? Who is the genius that came up with this “brilliant” idea. So many other issues of great importance to be addressed in Barbados, like poverty and crime, and we are discussing another airport? How about building more low-income housing to accommodate some of the less fortunate. Let’s get real here folks, this is lunacy at the highest level. Incredible.

  7. Modeste Downes June 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Tell me what does government—rather re-resentative government—mean when an idea conceived by the government is rejected outright and considered grossly laughable by the electorate and only that government and some of its blind collaborators think otherwise?

  8. G.Manning June 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    To introduce another airport seems not to be justified. I believe there may be a need to expand the present airport GAIA. But as well, the QEH hospital is an aging facility and needs attention as a priority.
    The Minister really need to provide reasonable justification and convincing this project particular given the state of the economy.

  9. tara bailey June 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    so little of an island and you guys talking about another airport no way a hospital or the fixing of roads or schools or something i dont think a airport os a good idea

  10. Bobo June 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Bajans Politicians a bunch of wankkers with primitive imaginations — when will the country have proper education system, hospitals, roads aligned with the 21st century

  11. Birdie June 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Seems like he is the only one excited about this. What an unnecessary conversation to be having. Much more important to talk about getting education back on track and beefing up our/ the region’s health care system with a new hospital to supplement QEH for example one with a burns center or rehabilitation for stroke patients and so on.

  12. Caretaker June 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    St. Lucia has two airports. It’s not much bigger than BIM.

  13. harry turnover June 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I thought Sealy said an Airport in St.Lucy was still a far way off ? now he says that SERIOUS approaches have been made.????
    A clown comforting a clown in Parliament.
    Soon after the Dems won the election in 2008 a third clown said that Government was SERIOUSLY looking at a 24hr. Day Nursery….that was talk then and this is talk now….to suit the occasion of course……seriously !!

  14. Kris June 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    About 9% of the population live in St lucy, st andrew and st peter – what % of these people travel more than once a year?

    From all of the tourist data we have collected over the years, what % of tourists stay in those parishes?

  15. Sheila mcintosh June 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    The priority on the island is clean up the trash that will case epidemic of typhoid fever,building an airport will encourage those who living in style in St Lucy- more guns,more drugs,more crooked people who will have access to come in and out of the island.

  16. Sam Pillie June 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    This PUNK “Kellman” really thinks that we in St. Lucy are FOOLS. First it was Pickerin, then it was Cahill now he is coming with this Airport stuff. I want him to know that David Thompson, himself, the leaders of the DLP and the other living members of the DLP can go to HELL because we learnt sense. What Kellman don’t know is that his days are numbered. We defeated Evelyn Greaves when they say that the St. Lucy seat was safe and now we will defeat the Food WEIGHT SPECIALISTS in the next election, I just can’t wait until elections are called.

  17. Sheila mcintosh June 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    That could be a suggestion of the British and other foreigners who have bought out the island already,everyone will be flying in with their private planes,already their have their seaport look like Dubai,that could be a rich Brit who suggested to have an airport so they can fly in and out ,I am sure the bought the island already,they feel Barbados belong to them-I visted last year it seems as if the younger generation only think about drinking and jerking their waist,the garbage along the street,the gardens around the ministerial building need better landscaping,derelict houses on Bay Street falling apart ,it is a beautiful beach area,the independence square needs refurbishing ,there is mould on the pillars,fixed the side walks,the roads,find jobs for the young generation do all these tasks ,also improve the beach areas ,nice wash rooms/ toilets at every popular beach,these are the priorities before a new airport.Very stupid idea,already the airport look as if we are in China,we don’t want no airport correct the basics for those islanders who pay taxes but things are not corrected or improved.

  18. bob June 29, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I am a visitor to your home! I have been visiting for many years! Is there not enough capacity at the current airport? The government has many other things that need to be done before it worries about another airport. Toronto has a population of approx. 2.5 million people and really has only one airport if you discount the Island Airport, which in comparison uplifts a very small percentage! Does a country of 350,00 need another airport, I really do not think so! If the government is so concerned about the wealthy getting around from the current airport, why not improve the high way infrastructure, it would also be cheaper and benefit more people

  19. bklynbajan June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I dont understand how and why you would wan to build another airport. The country needs to get education, QEH hospital, housing, mostly job and crime together but you wan to spend how much millions of dollars on another airport.
    The only thing Barbados have going for the now is tourism and everyone says how expense Barbados is out of all the islands.
    If you lose that what will Barbadians do, cause the kids have no future, no jobs, no encouragement, what will they do, turn to crime. I don’t know but Barbados need a overhaul with the politicians. The young people don’t seem to be getting in politics at all or even try to their business but then again, you can’t with all the strictness they try to enforce. If you can’t erase the big ups hand then ya dead.

  20. dave June 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Do we need an Airport ?
    or Do we need a landing strip ?
    I think the term ‘Airport” is being used loosely.

    A landing strip might be more feasible. Eventually if it becomes necessary , then you can upgrade.

    Trick them Kelly ! Ask for a Landing strip first
    This could facilitate any emergencies !

  21. Melious77 June 29, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    What he need to build is another hospital or a 24 hour emergency care clinic and that can come after if it is necessary to have that is not important now need to find work for this young people that are willing to work

  22. Don June 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Can you imagine a 737 taking off from Kellman International Airport in St. Lucy headed for Grantley Adams International in Christ Church? lol lol lol lol. The idea is stupid but then again …..?

  23. Delisle Frank June 30, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    What about the project at Pickering, when will that commence. What about the St. John polyclinic. When will that be open for business.

  24. Johnathan July 1, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Think about the need for additional security with the limited amount we now have at the lone airport we have been able to control the drug situation. Spread it to St. Lucy and we have a serious problem. Grantley Adams simply needs a few jet bridges in the event of landings in heavy rains but it is perfect for Bim. These clowns only interest is money in their guts and will do anything to get it. The whole talk now of another airport is just a red herring and to the people they obviously consider from St. Lucy to promise election jobs and after it is done idea shelved. They obviously think it will help Kellman politically as he knows he is continuing to loose ground.The clown could really stop embarrassing men and shut up and go home.

  25. seagul July 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Disable folk are now traveling in the millions from near and especially afar. Grantley Adams immediately needs jet bridges to secure much of this activity and the hotels need to get their act together in accommodating these people. Fingerprinting, now this bizarre…

  26. Steve Rock July 1, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I came home after many years abroad and was very disappointed at the look of the islands roads.taking a ride from the current airport through oistins was heartbreaking. The roads are in a deplorable state of disrepair. I ask the driver why the government don’t fix the road and his reply was. No one take this road to the hotels. The airport needs a passenger ramp to the terminal. The arrival and departure terminal needs to be expanded. The departure lounge need a decent roof and get rid of the canopy that kill the air-conditioning. We don’t need another airport Dennis, We need men if great intelligence and vision to make Barbados great again.

  27. Adrian alleyne July 1, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I usually don’t agree with anything the member for St Lucy says but I think he’s on the ball with this one just thinks about it over thirty thousand flights per year with one small airport is quite a lot in the even that there’s an accident / incident everything shut down and planes diverted somewhere else and with a second airport I can see more efficency and more airlift coming also the spin off effect of different types of business that would open up with the arrival of an airport in the north mr kellman im with you on this one ….forget politics for a minute and think business

  28. Steve Rock July 1, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I wrote a piece this morning but have not seen it post as yet.anyway to followup on what was poster earlier, it would be worth looking at the possibility of a second deep water harbor and Marina at river bay.its already at sea levels.itsa better investment that an airport..

  29. ian brathwaite July 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Good Morning,

    I think that the money allocated for such a project can be better put to use in the infrastructure and beautification of the island. If Barbados chief means is tourism why not spend money on the things that make Barbados attractive to the visitors .Barbados government have to spend money on the down town area not all visitors want to spend all they time at the resorts. revamping that ZR terminal for example make it more appealing with proper lighting,berths , signage and paving. construct public restrooms for the local and visiting public, put some maintenance free aromatic plants or hedges around the standing water to dampen the sewage like smell.The local food vendors should be more spaced out not all clustered together that will give visitors and locals room to choose without pressure of buying from certain merchants. Finally investing in air conditioned buses for the long rides to and from the country would be quite humane.Just imagine visiting Barbados and being able to go down town in a nice clean and organised bus stand board the bus with A/C and ride it all the way to st.Lucy just enjoying all the natural views that Bim has to offer.Investing in the infrastructure is investing in the future of Barbados and its’ ability to continue to compete in the tourism market.

  30. BaJan boy July 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Why is Barbados today keeping this untidy looking senseless clown on the lead page. Is it to show as many people as possible how clownish he is. Time to move the embarresment for a Minister and put something worth looking act other than a clown.

  31. denis kellman July 3, 2016 at 1:35 am

    After 50 years of independence and free secondary education I have to read this. People cannot see an airport in the north as real development, that would solve all the current problems and will assist with the transporting problems in the south. They are even cursing the Right Excellent Errol Barrow for buying the land nearly 50 years ago. I am now hearing that he is all the negatives that they associated with me, when it is project that I vow to complete. It is even called silly by a student of free secondary , that has no recognition.

  32. denis kellman July 3, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Why Miami is always expanding an increasing their terminals?

    Is it because they are silly or understood the vision of Barrow?

  33. denis kellman July 3, 2016 at 1:46 am

    We heard this comment by some about the airport and seaport too. Mr Rock, Thanks for the comment about the seaport I agree , but the need is for both considering our location and number of rooms being created.

  34. J. Payne July 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    What may be better for the north would be 1) a Cruise Ship Terminal at Speightstown, wince Bridgetown port is always ram-off. A Cruise terminal would bring more tourists to the north. 2) an indoor National Arts & Performance Centre. One which can host real theatre shows. (Like what Sir Llyod proposed behind Sherbourne). 3) A plan to develop an eco-friendly business development park so people in the north can get jobs without having to commute all the way to Warrens, or Wildey, or Newton, or places like that. St. Lucy needs some business centers.

  35. J. Payne July 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Firstly. Who in their right mind can compare Barbados to Miami? 1) Miami’s metro area is the eighth-most populous and fourth-largest urban area in the entire U.S., and has a population of around 5.5 million. Furthermore Miami is the U.S. gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. Many Caribbean or South American people goto Miami just to make connecting flights to other parts of the region or Central America and other ways around.
    2) Miami is the 10th busiest airport in the United States, and the 23rd-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic volume.

    You cannot compare Miami which handles 40 million passengers a year (2013) with Barbados which only handles just around 2 million.

    Let Grantley Adams start small and build a second runway and try to prove that second runway wasn’t a waste of money before you try to build whole new airport. FACTS.


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