In the near future, Government will be constructing and operating a new cargo facility in order to improve cargo handling at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, made this disclosure today while speaking at an awards presentation for members of staff at GAIA.
The Government senator said: “The Airport Master Plan is designed to make significant improvement at the airport. The planned facilities development is focused on the effective use of the space around and within the airport. Effective business management will be essential to the future of GAIA.
“A prime area where there could be tremendous benefits is in the cargo handling business. During the year 2013, GAIA handled 21, 850 tons of cargo and mail. The cargo business is expected to be robust in the short term with the increased use of the cold storage facilities at GAIA for the trans-shipment of freight between Europe and Latin America,” Garner said.
The senator said the development is an exciting undertaking and should improve cargo handling logistics and trading patterns in both the regional and international markets.
“The future operations of GAIA Inc and the wider airport business community must revolve around continuous development geared at adapting to change and in doing so meeting the needs of the traveling public and other users of the airport facilities. Strategic partnerships which bring new airport projects should be sought. Expansion programmes designed to enhance the flow of passenger traffic and improve passenger services are essential and should be pursued,” the senator said.
Garner announced there were plans to extend the departure lounge where incoming and outgoing passengers can purchase duty free items as is done in most places in the world.
Meanwhile, featured speaker, chief executive officer of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Gina Pitts, speaking on the theme of the ceremony: Employee Wellness and Productivity told her audience that workers cannot be productive if they are sick or the physical plant is making them sick.
Pitts, who is a trained nurse, told her audience that external factors such as stress could affect the output of workers.
“If you come to work and you are sick you cannot be productive. And you cannot be productive if the workplace is making you sick productive if the work place is making you sick for whatever reason. We ask you are you satisfied in your job? Perhaps on a Monday morning you are
not so satisfied, but by Friday afternoon you are very satisfied,” Pitts said.
The senior official at the Heart & Stroke Foundation noted that based on the relationship between wellness and productivity several companies were seeking assistance in developing a wellness programme.