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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Let visitors know our history

ERIC SMITH, ericsmith@nationnews.com

Added 12 October 2018

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Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) is the gateway into and out of Barbados for most people. According to statistics for 2017, it welcomed 663 441 visitors, 31 308 more than in 2016.

This is an impressive figure for Barbados, which has the third busiest airport in the Lesser Antilles after Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, and Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe.

The numbers are expected to continuously climb with plans to upgrade the airport, which will include the enhanced use of technology and building of air bridges.

But despite all the physical expansion plans, there is an issue which the leadership at both the operational and political levels at GAIA has unceasingly overlooked.

Nowhere in the airport is there something which indicates who Grantley Herbert Adams was, and why he was deserving of the honour of having the airport named for him.

It would be nice for departing passengers to see a large picture of the man and a synopsis of his accomplishments.

However, there is likely to be a problem in that another man, Errol Walton Barrow, former Premier and Prime Minister, contributed immensely to the development of civil aviation in Barbados and the redevelopment of the airport in particular. He should not be ignored simply because of partisan politics.

A possible solution would be to have the photographs with brief bios of all the National Heroes permanently on display in the departure hall. In that way, many more people could get a snapshot of Barbados’ history and its outstanding people. (ES)

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