For the second time in a week services have been disrupted at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).
Following last Thursday’s industrial action by air traffic controllers, fire officers based at GAIA staged protest action today resulting in the temporary closure of the airport.
Barbados TODAY understands that today’s action by four employees of the Barbados Fire Service occurred between 9:30 a. am. and 10 a.m. , forcing the delay of several flights in and out of the island.
The officers who were on stand-by for aircraft refueling reportedly fell sick after refusing to adhere to a demand by security officers at the airport for them to be body scanned.
At this hour the acting Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard and the president of the fire officers’ association Grantley Greene are meeting with GAIA officials over the impasse.
However, the four officers involved are all said to be back on the job.
GAIA is yet to issue a statement on the situation. However, several passengers complained to Barbados TODAY that the action had affected their travel plans.