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LIVE UPDATES: Tourism Minister’s address April 10, 2021


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LIVE UPDATES: Tourism Minister’s address April 10, 2021
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins. (GP)

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Key points and live updates from the April 10, 2021 address to the nation by Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins.

  • The Grantley Adams International Airport is closed.
  • Every precaution was taken to secure equipment.
  • As of 5:30 p.m., yesterday, our airspace was declared close by the Civil Aviation.
  • We don’t have any promises or guarantees on what tomorrow will hold.
  • Let’s hope that on May 8 we will see a clearing of the skies.
  • By summer we are expecting a modest return of the tourism product.
  • I am not aware of any accommodation requests from St Vincent.
  • There is no tourism economy in the world that is not facing uncertainty.
  • The UK and Canada are also waiting to see what will happen.
  • There is a meeting planned for next week to look at regional travel.
  • Not many flights are coming to Barbados with a lot of people.
  • From January to March, 6 000 people came into the island.
  • Not many people are travelling for leisure.
  • We are expecting our Welcome Stamp profile to change.
  • This is an evolving circumstance.
  • With more people getting vaccinated, we expect to see more people coming into the island on the Welcome Stamp programme.

 

Director of Meteorology Sabu Best

  • Once the ash is in the air in St Vincent, it takes about an half and a half to get to Barbados.
  • The volcano continues to be active.
  • It is going to continue for the whole day and into the night.
  • Dust haze should not be a problem.
  • Our main concern is volcanic ash.
  • Fishermen should stay in port.
  • Visibility is not good.
  • The ash is not spread across the island in a uniformed manner.
  • There is more ash in the north.
  • Nightfall is going to come a lot sooner.
  • Outside will smell strange.
  • Sulphur dioxide is in the air.

 

Director of Civil Aviation Tracey Forde-Bailey

  • A NOTAM is a notice that is filed by the Civil Aviation Authority and it provides alerts to pilots on flight hazards along the route.
  • NOTAMS were also issued by the Civil Aviation Department as required.
  • This information is issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority.
  • The airport can open tomorrow if conditions change.
  • At this time due to the volcanic activity, it is uncertain.
  • With respect to international flights, co-ordination continues with the Area Control Centre in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority will continue to issue advisories to all international flights.

 

CEO of Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. Hadley Bourne

  • Ash is significantly detrimental to airline travel.
  • We took a conscious decision to protect our navigational equipment.
  • We will update every six hours based on volcanic activity.
  • As to when the airport will reopen will depend on volcanic activity.
  • We are keeping close contact with our engineering team.
  • All of our equipment is in full working order.
  • A significant number of flights have been affected – about 7 or 8 a day.
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