Barbados debates GAIA airport P3

The Barbados Parliament has held a debate on the future of the Grantley Adams International Airport P3, which is setting “new routes for partnership” in the country.

The Barbados Parliament has held a debate on the future of the Grantley Adams International Airport P3, which is setting “new routes for partnership” in the country.

Tourism Minister Lisa Cummins defended the program after it came under fire from senators amid allegations of overlooking local companies and talent, saying that is “nothing to do with management skills or hiring young people” but is instead a “transfer of management and assets” which maintains 100% shareholding for the country.

Questions around the transiency of the process were raised by Senator Franklin, but Cummins referenced the role of the IFC in the procedure, adding that it “set legal, technical and financial criteria” to find a prospective with sufficient expertise and financial clout.

“We are attracting an investor in the Grantley Adams International Airport for the purpose of facilitating its expansion, its transformation, its upgrading [….] creating new routes in partnership with the Government of Barbados to expand the airlift capacity for Barbados the country,” she added.

In February this year, Cummins said a "detailed review" of the project was underway after the project stalled in late 2020 with 13 bids entered.