Travel from Barbados to Select West African Countries and Back

Submitted by Roslyn Shepherd

Demand for travel determines the servicing of routes by airlines.

The pandemic has triggered economic hardship worldwide, failures and or downsizing of some airlines, and in the absence of a definitive end to the effects of the pandemic, an on-going contraction in the demand for travel. This is bad news for Barbados whose economy is tourist dependent.

Whilst the country is in a wait and see position, it might well be beneficial if it looks at establishing a connection with Western Africa via air travel. As the most easterly Caribbean country, Barbados is nearest to West Africa, 6,406 km from Ghana and 7,431 km from Nigeria. There are seventeen (17) West African countries of which Nigeria and Ghana have a population of 100 million and 30 million respectively. Ghana is defined as a third world country but with the world fastest growing economy in 2019 and Nigeria, a rich 4th world country. Both Ghana and Nigeria have controlled the spread of Covid-19 and could be the main routes.

Demand for travel between Barbados and Ghana and Nigeria would have to be assessed by the Government of Barbados. In the absence of information, Barbados could benefit from promoting its educational institutions from primary to tertiary level. Parents who can afford tuition plus boarding and all the incidental costs might for a variety of reasons, prefer their children being schooled outside of the country. It might also be possible for Chefette to expand into West Africa. How Barbados can benefit from other aspects of oil rich Nigeria and agricultural based Ghana will also require research.

This suggestion is not new; both Jamaica and Guyana tooted flights to Africa but they failed to materialize. However, the present economic climate might just be right to follow through with these West African airline routes. Though flying to Barbados, most of Virgin Atlantic airplanes have been grounded by the pandemic. Dire warnings about the continued spread of Covid-19 in the USA, UK and even Europe do not indicate this airline will return to full flight in the short term. With assets grounded and the airline bleeding money, Sir Branson might well be receptive to a route from Barbados to West African countries. His planes would be back in the air earning money. There’s no direct competition. Ticket prices can be relatively cheap because the airline would be flying to an oil rich country, Nigeria. However, the viability of each route is incumbent on Barbados justifying demand.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the former slaves in the Caribbean reverse the slave triangle to carve out trade between West Africa and the Caribbean and even North and South America.

This challenge is not outside the Prime Minister of Barbados’ orbit. The PM has resource people who can pull together a comprehensive Business Proposal. Her several interviews at the international level has raised her profile which should lead to contact and persuasion of the key international asset providers, Sir Branson or the alternative British Airways and though not discussed herein, the governments of Ghana and Nigeria.

This is not a start-up business where projected minimum start-up capital would be around $22 million in the first year as per a Business Plan done for a proposed new airline in 2010. The airport hubs, planes, personnel, etc., already exists. It would be interesting to know the flaw(s) in my idea.

360 thoughts on “Travel from Barbados to Select West African Countries and Back

  1. Talk about having no damn shame, that harlot brigade.

    “Prime Minister Mia Mottley has warned corporate Barbados, especially tourism industry players, to pay their workers’ severance once they can afford to do so.

    Speaking shortly after the end of a meeting with several ministers as well as staff and union representatives of the security firm G4S over the ongoing pay row, the Prime Minister declared: “If you are the beneficiary of profits and dividends over the years, you have a responsibility to be there when profits and dividends have gone, to see the other side of the pendulum when workers are facing difficult times.

    “You must bear in mind that it is the blood, sweat, tears and efforts of the workers that have made the profits possible. So with that in mind, you have to carry the workers along.”

    While Mottley reiterated that her Government was on the workers’ side and would see to it that they got their severance payments, she urged employers not to leave their staff by the wayside when their actions showed that they could indeed compensate them.”

  2. @ WURA-War-on-UDecember 9, 2020 9:14 AM
    “While Mottley reiterated that her Government was on the workers’ side and would see to it that they got their severance payments, she urged employers not to leave their staff by the wayside when their actions showed that they could indeed compensate them.””

    So who is going to pay severance to the Bajan ex-employees of LIAT (1974) Ltd (including the pilots)?

  3. @ David December 9, 2020 9:46 AM

    But its major shareholder is the GoB and a major player in Caricom.

    Doesn’t that count for something in the grand scheme of Equity?

    Now who is going to pay those severed LIAT (1974) Ltd workers? LIAT (1974) Ltd (Under Administration) as part of the liquidation process?

    • Barbados is a shareholder in a company incorporated in another country. You should be able to answer your question.

  4. @ David December 9, 2020 10:12 AM

    So what standing does the NUPW have in the matter?
    ‘Amicus curiae’?

    The same standing the GoB had in the recently resolved but very controversial and violence-affected Guyana elections, thanks to the timely intervention of the Trump administration?

    • @Miller

      Good question. Former LIAT Barbados based pilots are free to join a union of their choice but how/who can NUPW poll to ensure demands are taken seriously?

      No one.

  5. Oh well, Mia let the big cat out of the little bag…..definitely the much better move…🤣🤣😂😂…so where are the fowls to give us all the sordid, gory details….snitch on G4S….Theo, ah can’t wait…robbing workers over 6 million dollars in the last 6 years to buy land in Barbados….woozer…

    “You cannot tell me you cannot afford to pay workers when you can afford to buy government property and we are very clear that you have to put workers in front and centre of what you prepare to do in this season.

    “And the acquisition of property while leaving workers at the side of the road for the Government to deal with will not be tolerated, especially from those from among us who know our norms and our laws.”

  6. “So who is going to pay severance to the Bajan ex-employees of LIAT (1974) Ltd (including the pilots)?”

    Miller…one cockup at a time, am about to retire, i swear, it’s coming at us too fast and furiouis, they should make crooked ass maloney and all who sat on the liat board for decades fattening their gluttonous guts….pay for their own actions right along with the crooked ass governments who put them all there… too exhaunted to even think further than that….lol

    as revealed in another forum, more than Enuff G4S workers got sick and died because of the social stress, mistreatment etc….someone had to be exposed eventually.

  7. One things for sure, if Mia is not onlyblowing bullshit hot air and actually have G4S SANCTIONED at the ILO level, she will be viewed in a limited but far different light…

  8. If the greedy criminals for employers cannot afford to pay their employee’s severance, then what are they doing in Barbados…

    if they can afford to pay and are blatantly refusing because they have ALWAYS ROBBED BLACK WORKERS IN BARBADOS…then they need to be brought up on some kinda charges and have all their buildings, equipment, etc seized…

  9. Theo… check this out, after they rob employees, then they sell out and run with their loot. UKs weak economy was bound to cause hostile and other takeovers, they are all thieves and slave masters, they should be nowhere near Black majority countries period.

    “G4S will fall into foreign hands after its board accepted a takeover offer from US rival Allied Universal.

    The British security firm agreed a £3.8billion deal worth 245p per share after a bitter bidding war with Canadian predator Garda World.

    It will create a global giant with 750,000 staff and annual revenues of £13.4billion.

    British security firm G4S agreed a £3.8billion deal worth 245p per share after a bitter bidding war with Canadian predator Garda World +1
    British security firm G4S agreed a £3.8billion deal worth 245p per share after a bitter bidding war with Canadian predator Garda World

    G4S chief executive Ashley Almanza, 56, and chairman John Connolly, 70, will scoop an estimated £7million if shareholders accept the bid.

    Almanza holds 2.1m shares, worth around £5.2million, while Connolly and his family hold 611,000 shares, worth £1.5million. G4S is just the latest British firm to fall into foreign hands. “

  10. Beckles to European Parliament: “End colonialism in region and honour debt owed.”
    December 10, 2020
    UWI News

    The UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, called upon the European Parliament to end colonization in the region and honour its debt to the people. Invited to speak to the parliament (at a virtual international panel on December 2, 2020) during a special discussion on the poverty legacies of colonization, he reminded the audience that Europe’s economic development was funded by a brutal and inhumane system of wealth extraction from the Caribbean, leaving the region impoverished and unable to meet its economic development targets.

    Sir Hilary reminded the parliament that the Caribbean remains one of the few colonized regions in the world, and that Europe’s legacy is one of continuing economic exploitation, and the politics and policies of white supremacy. The Caribbean, he said, since pushing for its independence, has taken full responsibility for its future, but he noted that the responsibility and accountability relationship is a two-way process. Europe, he stated, walked away from its obligations after committing heinous crimes against humanity in the region, stripping it of its natural resources, and enslaving its people.

    Left behind as the primary legacy is the horrendous social and economic mess that Europe has refused to clean up with a development plan, but the Caribbean has a right to economic fairness and justice.

    Europe’s insistence on giving aid instead of economic development funding is reflective of an obsolete mentality that has no honourable place in the 21st century. It drives, for example, the impulse to blacklist the region’s financial sector, and to be unsupportive of economic diversification strategies.

    “This is a top moral priority issue in the international order,” Professor Beckles said, noting that the world is aware of the extent to which Europe plundered the Caribbean to fund its growth and development, while the region is forced to fund its own economic development with debt. Europe, he insisted, owes the West Indies an enormous debt which can be addressed by a “Marshall Plan” similar to what it offered the East Indies with the “Colombo Plan” between 1950 and 2000.

    Reparatory justice, he told the gathering, is about economic development partnership and support. He congratulated the parliament for recognizing that ‘repairing this legacy’ is an idea whose time has come.

    More about the event
    The Inaugural Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, hosted by the European Parliament, took place on December 2, 2020. Among the activities on this landmark day was a virtual international panel consisting of experts in diverse areas such as history; human, social and political science; African studies; feminism; and human rights. The event was themed, the Histories and Legacies of the Transatlantic Trade and Enslavement of Africans and People of African Descent in Europe and the Caribbean with a screening of the documentary series, “Enslaved” (2020).

    Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles was a featured panellist on the session titled: Repairing the Present, Building the Future. For the full event agenda visit

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