Cabinet Notes: The Head of the Airport Authority was invited to Cabinet in order to discuss and to implement new practices at the V.C. Bird International Airport that will significantly reduce the waiting time which visitors are now enduring, after deplaning.
It is agreed that Health workers, fully adorned in PPEs, can help to move passengers along by actually examining the documentation and the filled-out forms which the waiting visitors may have completed on-line.
By moving the passengers quickly into the large Immigration Hall at the airport, and by adding more kiosks manned by Health officials, the queue can quickly be dispatched. Nine big aircraft are expected to land on Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2020, within a three-hour period, disgorging several hundred passengers at the airport; the new system is to be employed in order to eliminate visitor irritability.
As many as 25 of the tracking bracelets that have been purchased will be deployed on Saturday, to be distributed to those select passengers who will be placed in quarantine following their entry.
The ABAA has agreed to deploy Customs, Immigration and Health Officers to the FBO operation at Runway 10 whenever private jets bring passengers to Antigua who are to be serviced by the FBO.
As has been the custom, none of the government employees are to be paid by the FBO.
Whatever charge to be incurred is to be paid over to the Treasury of Antigua and Barbuda only.