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.