Where is the logic?
The justification of the 140 per cent increase in departure tax was to pay for the airport improvements.
But not only has the tax increased, it is now applies to a much larger number of people due to a change in age requirements and the fact it is now levied on in-transit passengers.
If Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch, boasting about the 1.5 million passengers that pass through or arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport per year is correct, then that that’s an annual revenue through departure tax alone of $90 million.
That’s before any landing fees, rents collected on concessionary stores etc.
$90 million a year and still the airport leaks and the air conditioning does not work effectively!
Why isn’t this same logic applied to other Government owned entities like Caves of Barbados Inc, and dare I mention Hotels and Resort Ltd.
The Minister has promised Intra Caribbean airfares will fall within four to six weeks.
Let us wait and be pleasantly surprised.