Guyana Consulate Probe Into ‘Left Behind’ Luggage By LIAT and Other Airlines

Here is a Press Release from the the Guyanese Consulate in Barbados, Mr. Norman Faria. To summarize, he is alleging that Guyana bound flights from Grantley Adams Airport are experiencing a high level of baggage left behind. He has has called for a probe to be initiated into the affair.

Thanks to our reliable source

Guyana Honorary Consulate
#19 Pearl Drive,Eden terrace
St.Michael, Barbados
23 August 2007

The Guyana Consulate in Barbados is making a probe into reports that a “disturbingly high number” of Guyana-bound airline passengers are having their luggage left behind in Barbados’ airport ….

According to a news release from the Consulate, Honorary Consul Norman Faria was has been in contact with LIAT Barbados manager Mr.Oliver Harewood. He is also to raise the matter with offices of other airlines on the Guyana route. .

The aim of the probe is to determine the extent of any problem and to see how Guyana-bound passengers can always travel with their luggage as is their right..

“It appears that the number of pieces of luggage is not as great as the 240 cited by one report.. However, the Consulate will do all its can to ensure that any luggage at the Barbados airport is sent speedily on its way. If indeed the problem is caused by overbooking or other ways, this is unsatisfactory and needs to be addressed. Let us hope, in the case with LIAT, the Consulate probe doesn’t give credence to the joke that the acronym LIAT still stands for Luggage In Any Terminal,.” said the Consulate release adding that the probe compliments the work of the authorities in Guyana having dialogues with airline representatives there..

First it was discriminatory practices against Guyanese at our ports of entry, then denial that Guyanese are involved in an unacceptably high number of crimes in Barbados, then it was reluctance to confirm the number of Guyanese currently residing in Barbados, now aspirations on our airport. Why is it that issues between the Guyanese and Barbados always are played out in public? What has become of the art of negotiating behind close doors? We can feel in our bones that this Guyanese issue is close to flash point.

What does LIAT have in common with Norma Faria? Come on take a guess!

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‘Lynch: Airport trolleys were news to me’


Source: Wednesday July 18th, 2007 – Midweek Nation


‘The first time that Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Noel Lynch knew about the introduction of trolleys at the airport was when the issue was raised by an Opposition MP in the House of Assembly’. He made this clear while addressing Parliament yesterday, charging that any claim by Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc, former board Chairman Colin Brewer to suggest otherwise was a lie’.

Well who exactly is lying?


According to the Government Information Service own website ‘On Tuesday August 15th, 2006 the Minister responsible for International Transport, The Honourable Noel Lynch, M.P. met with the Chairman and Directors of the Grantley Adams International Airport.



‘Central to these discussions was the functioning of the Porter (Red Cap) service at the Airport. The matter was fully vented and all present agreed unreservedly that the Porters (Red Caps) would under no circumstances be disadvantaged relative to any role being performed by them at present or in the future of the facility’.

It added ‘The operational plans for the Arrivals Hall under the expanded and upgraded Airport and a new management structure had always contemplated the provision of ‘personal’ luggage trolleys for use by incoming passengers, operating in conjunction and along side Porters but never to the detriment of the existing porter corps’.


In today’s Nation report Lynch insisted ‘that the first time he had any knowledge of the introduction of trolleys at GAIA, was when the issue was raised in the House of Assembly by St. Michael South Central MP, Richard Sealy a year ago’.


Adrian Loveridge

Noel Lynch's Grantley Adams International Airport Post 911


Airport security costs ‘too high’


Crowds at Heathrow Airport

Passengers face much more stringent security checks

The aviation industry has said it can no longer afford the spiralling costs of security at Britain’s airports. Costs have risen by 150% since new security measures were brought in after the September 11 attacks in 2001.


Security now accounts for a quarter of major airports’ income. Airports cover all security costs themselves, but say this is simply not sustainable. The industry now wants the government to contribute, but it insists the aviation industry must foot the bill.

Full BBC Article

Here is an international story with a relevance to the local landscape. The essence of the message highlights the high cost of airport security post 911. It is estimated at British airports that security costs have risen by about 150% . The bother for airports is that they are expected to cover all the costs of installing and managing the security infrastructure. The airports have been throwing the argument back to the British government to suggest that terrorism is usually targeted against the state and not the airports. This argument has translated to say that the running of the modern airport should be subsidized by governments.

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