Grantley Adams airport in Barbados has reopened following a weeklong closure due to the ash fall from La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent. The first a
Grantley Adams airport in Barbados has reopened following a weeklong closure due to the ash fall from La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent.
The first airplane to land was a JetBlue flight from Boston, followed by American Airlines’ flights from Charlotte and Miami and British Airways flights from London and Antigua.
On April 15 Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados had announced a massive cleanup initiative of the airport’s operations area, passenger facilities and roadways leading to the terminals and was hopeful the shutdown would not continue beyond last weekend.
Cleanup crews and major construction companies worked on the cleanup operation that spanned every area of the airport, from runways to air traffic control facilities, communications equipment and arrival and departure areas.
The return of flights to Barbados “is not only important to the economy of Barbados but also critical to humanitarian operations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” according to Lisa Cummins, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport.
Argyle airport in the south of St. Vincent remains closed due to heavy ash fall. The island was hit by another eruption on April 18, Reuters said, blanketing St. Vincent with another layer of ash.
Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, asked the U.N. Security Council for relief assistance to help his country in the recovery efforts. Thousands of people are in shelters, and water systems are shut down in many parts of the island, according to Gonsalves. St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected as a nonpermanent member of the Security Council in January 2020 for a two-year term.