Dame Billie: Why fuss about airport expansion?
CITY MEMBER of Parliament Dame Billie Miller has condemned the senseless tearing
down of the country by some Barbadians.
Her 0condemnation came yesterday in the House of Assembly while speaking on a resolution which sought over $5 million to construct an additional parking position at
Grantley Adams International Airport.
"If Barbados had reached a level of economic activity where the Minister of Tourism had to be defending the fact that parking space at the airport was standing empty, the country would be in big trouble.
"But here is the minister coming to Parliament, asking for money to build an additional parking apron because on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, it is utter confusion at the airport and Opposition members are complaining.
"When the Barbados Labour Party did the first extension at the airport, I remember the late Tom Adams saying publicly as soon as it was completed, it was already too small," The City MP said.
Dame Billie maintained that the increased activity was a plus, because it was a reality of modern airports in countries where the economy was ticking over.
The veteran parliamentarian said: "I make no apology for saying that the Grantley Adams Airport is going to be in this mode for many, many years to come.
"I want it to be so, and I know it is going to be so, because I know what the Government has planned. People only see human bodies coming in and out of the airport, but there is something called cargo. Government now has to build new facilities for cargo, and that too is expanding apace in Barbados.
"If the economy was slipping and sliding and going down the tubes as it was in the 1990s, Barbadians would be singing a different tune."
The City MP said Government now had to build multi-story car parks to accommodate the increased activity at the airport.
She said airports were no longer places where planes only took off and landed, but pointed out there were also sites for hotel accommodation.