Minister of International Transport, Goerge Hutson??

Barbadians will soon gain further insight into the work and worth of the Civil Aviation Department, when that institution, in collaboration with the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc.,?? hosts a week of activities?? under the theme: ???Civil Aviation – A Pillar in the Barbados Economy’.

The week, which?? will run from?? Sunday,?? December 6,?? until?? Sunday, December 13,?? is being planned?? in partial observance of International Civil Aviation Day, which?? is?? celebrated?? worldwide on?? December 7.

It will be launched with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, December 6, to be held at the St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church.?? Minister of International Transport, George Hutson, will address the 9:30 a.m. service.

International Civil Aviation Day will be observed on the following Monday, December 7, with a 10:00 a.m. Flag-raising Ceremony at the GAIA.?? Minister Hutson will take the salute during a march pass by uniformed security personnel.?? Special tours of the Concorde Experience will also be provided.

On Tuesday, December 8, civil aviation staff will have the opportunity to de-stress, when the finals of the Dominoes Competition comes off, after week-long eliminations. Companies will also get the opportunity to compete for prizes during a Spinning Wheel competition, by correctly answering aviation general knowledge questions. The fun events will commence from around 7: 00 p.m.

Barbadians and students will?? have?? a once in a lifetime chance to tour some of the Airport’s restricted areas, including the Control Tower and Meteorological Office,?? when the GAIA throws open its doors?? on?? Wednesday, December 8, for an Open Day/Career Showcase. ??Minister Hutson will deliver the feature address to officially open the event at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to specials provided by Concord Experience, Airport Bus tours of other restricted areas will be conducted, with visits to Airline offices (where possible, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0); the Air Traffic Services Building; the Flight Kitchen and the Airport Fire Station.

GAIA staff will also be brought up-to-date on industry standards, when Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Johnson; Operations Manager, Jason Inniss; and Human Resources Director, Yvette Browne; give talks on the?? Airport Council International (ACI) Airports Services Quality Programme.

On Thursday, December 10, healthy living will be the order of the day, when a Health Day is staged on the Airport’s Mezzanine Floor. Staff and visitors will receive information on a number of health issues, such as HIV and AIDS at the various booths that will be erected. The health expo will run from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Friday, December 11, staff from the GAIA and the Civil Aviation Department will ???let their hair down’ at a Fish Fry and Karaoke Lime, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in the GAIA carpark.

Persons will have the opportunity to see Barbados from a different perspective, on Saturday, December 12, when the Barbados Light Aeroplane Club hosts an Open Day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition to educational tours, persons will get the opportunity to fly in single-engine aircrafts around the island.

Members of the public are invited to participate in all the planned activities.??

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