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Forecast looking good for passenger growth


THERE is a favourable forecast for an increase in passenger traffic into this island this year.
There has been a reasonable increase in passenger traffic last year; 2.9 percent over that of 2009, Minister of International Business and International Transport George Hutson stated that this was just under the two million passenger benchmark and was above the two percent forecasted at the end of 2009 by Airport Council International for world-wide passenger growth in 2010.
“The outlook for the Latin America and Caribbean region is for steady growth projected at six percent per annum. GAIA, this year, 2011, is projected growth of three to five percent in passenger traffic.,” he said pointing out that increased airlift is being provided by several airlines.
Speaking at the Fifth Anniversary Awards Ceremony for the Grantley Adams International Airport Incorporated held at the Concorde Experience on Saturday night, he said that the planned facility development of the airport must target the effective use of the space within and around it which will be addressed with the implementation of the Airport Master Plan.
Pointing out that the seaport would shortly undergo a major expansion program to facilitate mega cruise ships and the development of house home-porting facilities, he outlined the linkage between the two ports of entry.
“Our thrust is to take the number of cruise passengers from 700,000 to 1.2 million per year. A significant percentage of these will be part of the Air/Sea and Stay/Cruise programs. Existing facilities at GAIA are already stressed to handle passenger volumes during the 12 to 4 p.m. period. The new focus of developing the air/sea program will necessitate a suitable review of the airport plant and no doubt this will be addressed in by the master plan,” he said. (JMB)

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