ICAO downgrades St Kitts and Nevis’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport

Basseterre, St Kitts, August 26, 2019 – St Kitts and Nevis’ Robert L Bradshaw has been downgraded, according to sources.
However it could not be immediately confirmed which specific areas have been flagged and in violation of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules and regulations.
A team from the United States-based Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security recently visited St Kitts and Nevis and inspected Nevis’ Vance Amory International Airport at New Castle and the St Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport at Golden Rock.
The downgrade if confirmed comes after several security breaches including the high profile security breach at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on April 6, 2019 by Federal Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, Transport and Energy, Hon. Ian Patches Liburd, who was not a passenger at the time.
Minister Liburd is alleged to have breached security at the airport by walking through the metal detector and going straight to the door to enter the airside area of the airport without being checked.
Security Officer, Lance Corporal Coreen Huggins, who was on duty at the time, in a report to management on the incident, documented that she spoke to minister Liburd and told him that there was a procedure on entering the Access Control Point.
“To this the honourable minister Liburd replied ‘procedure what.’ He was not wearing a safety reflective vest when he was on the apron area at the RLB International Airport, said the letter from Lance Corporal Coreen Huggins. Minister Liburd reportedly handed an item to a crew member of an American Airlines aircraft which was on the ground just before takeoff.
Although Minister Liburd has deemed the incident “as false,” and prime minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris dismissed the report as “rumour mongering,” Minister of Civil Aviation, Hon. Mark Brantley said he was looking into the allegations. Brantley recently said he has not received the report as both him and the technical officer have been travelling.
Shortly after the incident, the Federal Ministry of Tourism issued a travel advisory urging travelers using the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts and the Vance Amory International Airport in Nevis to comply with safety regulations..
The Bradshaw airport is served by international carriers such as American Airlines, Sun Country, US Airways, United Airlines and Delta Airlines from the United States; Seaborne and Air Sunshine from the United States Virgin Islands; Air Canada from Toronto; British Airways from Gatwick-London; WINAIR from St Maarten and LIAT, the regional airline.

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