Grantley Adams International Airport

The Barbados airport is one of the Caribbean's finest

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Grantley Adams International (GBI)

Grantley Adams International Airport (GAII) on Barbados completed a $120 million renovation and expansion in 2008 that includes a new 70,000-square-feet arrivals complex and gateways able to handle up to 22 narrow- and wide-body aircraft at the same time.

Overall, GAII contains 270,000 square feet, among the largest in the Southern Caribbean. Barbados visitors should appreciate the new improvements. The wait in immigration lines and for luggage should also be much speedier due to the expanded facilities.  The immigration area is 50 percent larger and the baggage claim area--double the size of the old one—has five large carousels, each supposedly capable of  delivering the contents of a wide body jet in just 20 minutes.

Architecturally, the building has received a lot of notice for its new tent-shaped membrane roof similar to that of Denver International Airport. In addition, the old arrivals terminal has been turned into a much larger departures complex outfitted with a  new retail mall, departure lounge and departure hall. GAII has three times the amount of shopping, a new restaurant and coffee shop.

With more than 2 million passengers annually, Barbados wants its impressive new airport to serve as the major hub for the Southern and Eastern Caribbean. That means acting as an additional gateway for such close neighbors: St Vincent and St Lucia to the west, and Trinidad and Tobago to the south.

GAII is located at Seawell in the parish of Christ Church,  12.9 km (8 mi.) away from the center of Bridgetown, the capital city. GAII is named for  Sir Grantley Herbert Adams, first Premier of Barbados.

Its IATA airport location code is BGI, the same letter code used on luggage tags going to Barbados. Airlines serving Barbados include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor, Air Jamaica, Caribbean Airways, American Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.

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