Authorities are reporting that eight flights from main carriers have been affected by the closure of the Grantley Adams Worldwide Airport (GAIA) because of volcanic exercise in St Vincent.
Nevertheless, Minister of Tourism and Worldwide Transport Senator Lisa Cummins informed members of the media throughout a press convention this afternoon that whereas flights flying out and in of Barbados have been affected, their load capacities are nonetheless fairly low.
“We don’t have the numbers of individuals filling the seats on the planes however we do have the planes flying since we might have performed consolidation of flights since earlier within the 12 months,” Cummins mentioned.
Cummins mentioned as of 5:30 p.m. on Friday the airspace was declared closed on recommendation from the Barbados Civil Aviation Division. The Minister assured Barbadians that precautions have been taken to guard the tools at GAIA, along with each effort being made that there aren’t any flight challenges coming into Barbados.
“We’ve acquired many calls from Barbadians who are supposed to be travelling out or meant to have their kinfolk travelling in and we now have heard that there have been some disruptions because of the cancellation of flights. All flights have been cancelled yesterday and all flights stay cancelled all through the weekend,” Cummins mentioned.
Director of Civil Aviation Tracey Forde-Bayley mentioned coordination of worldwide flights continues with the Space Management Centre primarily based in Trinidad, tasked with the duty to move advisory to those flights.
Forde-Bayley mentioned that round 3 p.m. on Friday, a British Airways flight en path to Barbados was diverted to Antigua because of the volcanic exercise. (AH)