Transportation woes for Barbudans could worsen should Winair cut back on its daily flights to the sister isle.
The Daily OBSERVER learnt that when the airline started its operations to Barbuda in October 2008, it had requested that the airstrip be refurbished in the shortest possible time.
As a follow up to that request the airline carried out an inspection on Thursday night and although officials confirmed that such a testing was done, they said they were in no position to say what happened since they are awaiting a report from Winair.
Deputy Chairman of the Barbuda Council Fabian Jones said, ?Winair was doing some testing to check the airstrip then they will give a report after.?
However, Senator Arthur Nibbs, the Antigua Labour Party representative in Barbuda told this newspaper that the airline is not satisfied with the conditions at the airstrip.
? ? The Managing director Mr Hodge mentioned that within a few days he will be communicating to the government with respect to that, but he already indicated that he?s going to be cutting flights out of Barbuda and that would possibly be the evening flights.
?They are dissatisfied with the airstrip; it needs resurfacing and the approach lights are not in place so that could be a safety hazard particularly in the evening,? Senator Nibbs added.
This would eliminate same day return after conducting business, since Barbudans would be forced to over night in Antigua at an additional cost.
When this newspaper contacted Winair, the General Manager Edwin Hodge said although he would be pleased to share the information with the media, he thought it would be more appropriate to share the information with those in authority first.
?It?s nothing endangering lives or very unsafe or anything. It?s just that we have our concerns, but I prefer to share our views with the minister first,? Hodge said.
The general manager said the report will be delivered to Minister of Public Works Trevor Walker today. (Monday)