Easter time is almost here!
And with Barbadians of all ages expected, in keeping with tradition, to fill the skies with kites of various sizes, shapes and colours, they are being reminded to observe the safety restrictions instituted by the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc.
Director of the Civil Aviation Department, Anthony Archer, has advised that kite flying is strictly prohibited within the external three-mile or five-kilometre radius of the Airport, since this presents a real threat to aircrafts flying at a low altitude.
The zone runs from Oistins in Christ Church to Boarded Hall in St. George; Brereton and Six Roads in St.Philip and back to South Point and Oistins, inclusive of all districts within that loop.
Some affected areas include the Christ Church neighbourhoods of Gall Hill, Silver Hill, Kingsland, Wotton, Maxwell, Cane Vale, Newton, Scarborough, Pegwell and Gibbons.
Kite flying is also prohibited in Oistins, Thornbury Hill, Silver Sands, Ealing Park, Wilcox, Lowlands, Coverley and Charnocks. The boundary also extends to Pilgrim Road, Fairy Valley, Durants, Callendars, Chancery Lane, Parish Land and Lead Vale, among other Christ Church districts.
Residents of Boarded Hall, St. George, as well as Brereton, Six Roads, Gemswick, Mangrove, Heddings, Hampton, Marchfield, Mangrove, Foul Bay, Diamond Valley, Rock Hall and Ocean City, among others, in St. Philip, are also asked to desist from flying kites in these areas.
The civil aviation official stressed that, as usual, the department would be seeking the assistance of the Royal Barbados Police Force to get perpetrators to remove any kites being flown in restricted zones.
Mr. Archer implored Barbadians to play their part in making this Easter kite flying season a safe one.