Airport management, GABATCO discuss faulty elevator

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Airport management, GABATCO discuss faulty elevator

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Airport management, GABATCO discuss faulty elevator
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Written by Afeefah Beharry
Monday, 13 July 2009 22:36

Management of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (A&BAA) and representatives from the Guild of Antigua and Barbuda Air Traffic Controllers (GABATCO) met yesterday to discuss a way forward in dealing with the maintenance of the elevator at the VC Bird International Airport.

Last Thursday, an air traffic controller was stuck in the elevator for over one hour.

Fire officers and the maintenance crew at the airport went to the rescue of the man. This incident and others similar to it reportedly spurred the meeting between the two parties.

President of GABATCO Bernard Attwood, Vice President of the association Curtis James, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airport authority Ken Hurst and Maintenance Manager Vere Smith were reportedly present at the meeting.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GABATCO, Wesley Joseph said the elevator broke down because the electrical breaker tripped.

Joseph further stated that management intends to source equipment out of Trinidad to get the elevator properly repaired. They are also thinking about organising training for the staff so that they will know what to do in the event of any emergencies.

"They are saying that it should not take more than three minutes before anyone can be released from the elevator if it is broken down," Joseph told the AntiguaSun.

The SUN understands that the air traffic controller arrived at the airport at around 5:40 a.m. and was about to make his way to the control tower in the elevator when the incident happened. Some of the air traffic controllers were upset because with the elevator not working, this meant that they had to use the stairway, which is not well kept.

It was not the first time that the elevator stopped working.

Maintenance workers are working assiduously to get the elevator up and running.

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