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Barbados defends departure tax


Hutson, GeorgeThe Barbados government has defended the $31.50 departure tax at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), saying it still among the lowest when compared to the fees charged by other Caribbean countries.

“The facilities in the various airports across the region have to be maintained and managed. That is a cost we have to pass on to persons using the airport facilities,” said International Business and International Transport Minister George Hutson.

“The charges that we (Barbados) have for passengers transiting Barbados, in and out of the Grantley Adams International Airport, are some of the lowest within the Caribbean region,” he added.
Figures released here show that St. Croix ranks the lowest, with a charge of $9.50, while St. Lucia ranks as the most expensive with a charge of $70.19.