There is no accountability in the running of family island airports, owner of the Sandpiper Inn and president of the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board Dr. Larry Carroll said yesterday, explaining that out island airports should be run like the Nassau Airport Development Company’s (NAD) Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Carroll, who was speaking at a press conference for the Abaco Business Outlook yesterday and who will be a speaker at the outlook next Thursday, explained that the airport in Abaco has been allowed to deteriorate. He also criticized the way some of the airport’s employees behave while at work.
“When you look at the overall picture of the airport it has more to do with we the people,” he said.
“We the people really don’t give a hoot. We are not maintenance conscious, we don’t realize that this is our front yard and it needs to be presentable.
“The airport is run by government. NAD, the pride and joy of The Bahamas now, is run by a private entity and the difference is a lack of accountability (at family island airports)… the tight management that goes into NAD is not in our airports elsewhere.”
Carroll said some staff at the airport do not have an idea of how their behavior affects the airport experience.
“The baggage handlers were out at the front door sitting out, laying on the floor at the airport and they are the loudest, they’re swearing, they’re cussing, they’re talking about their female conquests and our guests to the airport, our customers to the airport, are walking by and they have no knowledge of the impact of this foul language and carrying on, and there is no supervisor there to say you can’t do this.
“So until and unless we the people decide that we will take more ownership of our own products and management properly, then we are shooting ourselves in the head. So yes, there is a major problem, but that has to do with a larger problem.”