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Further delays in BA flights to MBIA

Travellers booked on British Airways to come to Grenada are faced with further cancellations and the possibility of no flights until December.

The Maurice Bishop International Airport was downgraded two weeks ago because not all of the emergency response requirements are up to standard under International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations and British Airways had cancelled flights to the island as a result.

On Monday, British Airways informed travellers booked to fly on Saturday – three days after the foam shipment is expected – that flight BA2159 has been cancelled.

One passenger who tried to book a later flight said they were informed that there is no availability and the airline may not operate a service to Grenada until December.

The Grenada Airport Authority (GAA) said it downgraded voluntarily because the foam needed for Crash Fire Services regulations was delayed due to logistical problems encountered by the suppliers.

Airlines which operate E-Class aircraft on long haul flights, such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will not land at MBIA until the problem is resolved.

At the time of the downgrade, Civil Aviation Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen told reporters in St George’s that British Airways had cancelled its three scheduled flights from October 14 to October 21.

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