National embarrassment: NDC knocks Grenada's airport downgrade
The voluntary downgrade of the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) in Grenada after being locked down for almost six months has been described by a political party as appalling.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) said it is unacceptable that flights had to be cancelled because of inadequate material to meet safety and security requirements for its full operation.
Earlier this week Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr Clarice Modeste Curwen explained that as a result of this, the airport was unable to accept a British Airways aircraft due to its size.
The NDC said the downgrade is a national embarrassment and points to poor management at the highest level.
It believes during the lockdown, the opportunity should have been taken to review all systems, processes, equipment, and resources, to ensure that whenever the MBIA is reopened, it will be at maximum readiness and efficiency.
The political party said the unfortunate consequence is inconvenience and costs to the affected airlines, country and travellers alike.
The NDC has called for a full review and public explanation of the cause of this grave and costly error.
It noted that the excuse given, that there is a delay in shipping, is not an acceptable excuse.