Basseterre, St Kitts, April 15, 2019 – Tenants at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, continue to complain bitterly that the Federal Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, Transport and Energy, Hon Ian Patches Liburd, who should be setting an example, continues to flout regulations at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.
“On Saturday, minister Patches Liburd parked his private vehicle in the parking lot on the western section of the airport terminal and boarded a plane. That section is designated for persons who have businesses on the airport and pay for the space. It creates problems for other business persons who are unable to park in the areas designated and have to find parking space elsewhere,” said the individual Monday morning.
“This is not the first or second time Minister Liburd has done this. There is a VIP section on the eastern side of the terminal where he can park his vehicle. But for his vehicle to remain there all day Sunday and was only removed this morning (Monday) by Mervin Lewis, his brother in law, who he has employed and deals with security, is total disrespect,” said the person, who submitted the uninvited concern and wished to remain anonymous.
The individual said several other senior government officials and ports authority managers break their own regulations daily and show total disregard for some of the hard working employees.
Federal Minister of Aviation, Hon Mark Brantley confirmed on the weekend that he is carrying out an investigation into the alleged April 6 2019 security breach when according to an incident report, Minister Liburd “walked through the metal detector and going straight to the door to enter the airside area of the airport without being checked.”
While Minister Liburd has said the incident “was false,” and prime minister Timothy Harris dismissed it as rumour mongering, the St Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Tourism has 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.