Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael has made a strong call for the introduction of jet bridges at Grantley Adams International Airport.
Speaking in the Upper Chamber during debate on the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Sir Trevor argued that “the absence of jet bridges in the original airport was possibly one of the biggest disasters Barbados had ever experienced.
“I say that in strong terms because I would not say I know, but I have heard the history of why those jet bridges never appeared in the first presentation of the airport for users,” he said, pointing out that the cost of jet bridges was now “phenomenally high when you consider that about five per cent of the present cost could have put them in at the time of the original construction.
“I am delighted that efforts are being made to have them installed, albeit at very high cost. They should have been there before,” Sir Trevor added.
While noting that Category 1 status brings a lot of advantages to a country, he contended that jet bridges would contribute to Barbados achieving such status.
And while suggesting that Barbados was fairly close to achieving Category 1 status, he acknowledged that new laws and regulations would be needed to support the certification and oversight of air carriers, as well as the necessary technical expertise, resources, organization and training to ensure international compliance.