Is Grantley Adams International Airport Now The Most Expensive To Use In The Region For Travellers?

Book one month in advance and the cheapest fare with LIAT to St. Kitts from Barbados is US$145 each way (US$290 return), but then add on the additional charges to the single sector.

US$21.75 Sales tax

US$15 Passenger Facility Tax

US$27.50 Airport Development tax

US$2.50 Airport Authority tax

US$18.75 Fuel and Insurance surcharge

Total US$85.50

Therefore Government is collecting a massive US$66.75 per person before any tax that may be payable on the fuel element.

Adrian Loveridge

27th May 2008


  • Please, take a raft, you complain too damn much, I here steering a $805.oo ticket down before all those taxes you mentioned above are added on, and God forbid if I ask for some half cook pasta and soda.


  • Fed-up air travelers avoided 41 million trips in last year, says survey

    By Kristin Jackson

    Seattle Times Travel staff

    U.S. air travelers are deeply frustrated and avoiding flying, says a new survey by the Travel Industry Association. They’re so fed up that they avoided an estimated 41 million trips over the last year, estimated the TIA, costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

    “The air travel crisis has hit a tipping point,” said Roger Dow, the TIA’s president and CEO.

    “With rising fuel prices already weighing heavily on American pocketbooks, we need to find ways to encourage Americans to continue their business and leisure travel. Unfortunately, just the opposite appears to be happening,” Dow said in a statement issued Thursday.

    The 41 million avoided trips during the last 12 months rippled outward across the entire travel/tourism industry, said the TIA, estimating it cost the airlines more than $9 billion in lost revenue; hotels nearly $6 billion; and restaurants more than $3 billion.


  • GM:

    Are you on the island?

    If so, your link must be to alert our tourism leaders to what is happening to our base tourism markets.

    What do you see for the future of our current tourism product?


  • Frequent Flyer

    I believe you have calculated the sales tax/vat incorrectly since theis tax is charged on the journey to st.kitts and the journey back. I note below for your benefit the relevant section of the VAT legislation which deals with this issue

    “(5) A supply of international travel or international package tour shall be deemed to take place in Barbados if
    (a) the journey begins in Barbados;
    (b) the consideration for the travel or package tour is paid in Barbados; or
    (c) the ticket for the travel or package tour is issued in Barbados.”

    In addition the sales tax or VAT is chargeable on all of the other listed items.


  • Adrian Loveridge


    If the VAt (sales tax) has been miscalculated, then it has been done so by LIAT.
    Figures quoted came straight off their website.
    Try it yourself and see.


  • This is something that can be checked right?


  • AL is again misrepresenting the facts. The sales tax is stated correctly on the web. it is just that they are breaking down the costs between the travel segments. The VAT on the return journey is being charged. However it appears from the site that they are not charging the vat on the fuel charges


  • Adrian Loveridge


    Just let me try and understand your point.
    The VAT on the return journey is being charged on a ONE WAY fare?

    If you are stating what LIAT identifies as a SALES TAX (note: LIAT not me) is actually VAT, then you are saying that our Government is applying VAT to a service that is not being supplied – ie: the return segment.


  • This will hurt Barbados, however you slice it. I can already see things slowing down on my website for the summer.


  • Fliers in for pain as airlines pack it in

    By Marilyn Adams, Barbara De Lollis and Barbara Hansen, USA TODAY

    The USA’s air-travel map is shrinking fast, dropping scores of routes and flights that airlines simply can’t afford anymore in a world of $130-a-barrel oil.

    A USA TODAY analysis of fall airline schedules shows the nation’s most popular vacation destinations will be among the biggest air-service losers. Many flights to Honolulu, Orlando, Las Vegas and other favorite vacation venues have vanished or will soon because cheap tickets bought by tourists don’t cover the cost of getting there.

    Travelers who fly among the USA’s biggest business airports — such as New York LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth — will probably see the fewest changes, because there’s ample demand and fares are high.


    “The good times are about to end for consumers,” says airline consultant Mo Garfinkle of GCW Consulting. “They’ve had it too good, with low fares, for too long. These cuts are just the first step; we will see more this fall.”

    Most major airlines have announced modest domestic flying reductions of about 10% or less for the fall. Industry analysts such as JPMorgan’s Jamie Baker and Calyon Securities’ Ray Neidl are calling for cuts of at least 20% of airlines’ domestic flying capacity if airlines hope to break even. Some airline officials agree.

    “If fuel prices continue at these levels, this will not be enough,” says Kevin Knight, United Airlines’ senior vice president of route planning.


    Four carriers are trimming seats from the 48 contiguous states to Hawaii, USA TODAY’s analysis shows. Just last week, American Airlines (AMR) announced plans to quit flying from its Chicago O’Hare hub airport to Honolulu, for example. United (UAUA) has its Hawaii service “under review,” Knight says.

    For October, air service from Honolulu to the U.S. mainland will be down 10% year-over-year.

    Hawaii will have a quarter less scheduled air service than a year ago, measured by seats on flights. Inter-island flights provided by defunct Aloha Airlines account for a lot of that cut. Aloha and ATA Airlines, which flew between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, shut down this spring.

    Those failures cost Hawaii 1 million visitors a year, says the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. To fight back, Hawaii will spend an extra $3 million in the next few months to market to the U.S. mainland.

    “We’re looking at a crisis, not just in Hawaii, but across the country,” says John Monahan, the convention bureau’s CEO.


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