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.