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BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  18 December 2014 by Chris Penfold    (UK)

Rating : 9/10

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Arrived on the Virgin flight right behind the BA flight from Gatwick, therefore some three hundred or so passengers going into immigration together. Queue kept moving and through within 15 minutes with all desks open. Baggage waiting once we arrived in the terminal, all in all a very good arrival. On return check in fine and security efficient. This is a great airport good food and drink outlets and the usual shopping stores which I steer clear of. Used the Virgin executive lounge which was very good. Only complaint is that the windows are masked with pictures which means you have no view outside.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  1 May 2014 by S Taylor    (UK)

Rating : 0/10

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The Queue created by immigration is a joke, only 6 staff dealing with 350 people at a time. No wonder it took 1.5 hrs to get through. Must say not looking forward to departure. Tip to you all avoid this airport if you can.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  27 February 2014 by R Tomlinson    (UK)

Rating : 10/10

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We have travelled through many airports in the world, this one is one of the best. Both arriving and departing were hassle free. Check ins, security and passport control were quick and professional. We particularly liked being able to sit and watch the planes arrive and depart from very comfortable seating in the departure lounge, nor could we fault the excellent range of facilities on offer (the washrooms very 1st class).



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  10 February 2014 by John Comissiong    (Germany)

Rating : 2/10

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The airport is pleasantly spacious, breezy and clean. The departure check-in is a disaster though and waiting times on luggage in the arrivals hall very long. The currency exchange counter was un-manned even though the counter was open. So, I had to return to Germany with a lot of Barbados dollars. This is quite up-setting. The queues for immigration were quite okay. Customs officers were pleasant and courteous. The immigration staff were also pleasant and friendly. Parking was no problem. The grounds are well kept & the airport is just short of beautiful to be honest. Get the service aspects in order and it could be one of the nicest in the region!



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  6 May 2013 by B Crompton    (UK)

Rating : 10/10

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Brantley Adams Barbados is now really nice airport to arrive at and depart from. We were thru customs and immigration and waiting for our taxi in 45 mins from touchdown ,35 mins from leaving the plane. On our return flight we had a seat in the executive lounge which was pretty full but the general departure area on shops were very quiet with plenty of places to sit despite both BA and VIRGIN flights departing at the same time.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  4 April 2013 by Richard Hodges    (UK)

Rating : 7/10

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Flew into BGI on 18 March on VS029 - no other planes in so about 3rd in line at immigration! Consequently quickly through, luggage arrived promptly and at our West Coast accommodation within 1.5 hours. I have been there before, however, when Virgin, BA, Air Canada and American Airways have all deplaned at once. Not so much fun then. Return Flight VS030 on 1 April (Easter Monday) - no queues at check in. Didn't bother with the Airport Bars (although the bar before you go through to airside is quite nice). Once though security it is reasonably pleasant - a few souvenir and Duty Free Shops and plenty of seats. Nothing special but comfortable enough and certainly better than the 'old' BGI. Aircon could do with beefing up a bit. Oh, and it's not quite a question of recommending BGI - more a question of having to use the airport as there isn't another one on Barbados!



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  3 December 2012 by Pat Marwick    (Scotland)

Rating : 0/10

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The worst airport I have ever been in. Check-in was a disaster. The luggage belts weren't working because " 'there are too many flights to deal with'. Going through passport control was a nightmare. My husband lost the little departure paper out of his passport and we were sent to fill in another one, then when we tried to go to the front of the queue, they made us go back. The business class lounge was heaving with people and they were having to sit on any surface available. Drinks and very poor snacks available. Then we had to queue at the gate for our British Airways flight. A lady from Air Canada got very hot and bothered because we were standing in the Air Canada 'area'. She asked us all to move and she got a lot of grief, understandably - there was no Air Canada flight and nobody needed the space. Extremely poor treatment of passengers. Will avoid in future.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  9 July 2012 by Trevor R Banks    (USA)

Rating : 5/10

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Travelled from Miami to St Vincent so had to change aircraft at Barbados. Not a lot of problems as there was an airport member at the line for immigration pointing out "Transit this way". You are sent to a separate immigration booth specifically for transit people. Didn't really make a lot of sense because you still had to collect your luggage and do exactly what everyone else does. If you don't have luggage then its 100% as you just leave the arrivals area and go straight to check in for your onward flight. Departure lounge area was pretty efficient with shops, a bar and eats for all. If you are flying with LIAT don't believe the times on the departure board. Grab something to and drink and go straight to the departure gate. LIAT will leave when they want to.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  8 February 2012 by Chris Stewart    (USA)

Rating : 9/10

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The airport is a good airport for what it is. The lines after you get off the plane can be long depending on when your flight gets there. The first time I visited we waited for 15 minutes as 2 other jets got there when we did. This last time we went we were late on an AA flight and we did not have to wait long. We walked right up, but then waited on our luggage. Whole process took about 20 minutes. The airport is nice and clean. There is not a lot to do, but I think they have Wi-Fi.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  25 January 2012 by N Ashton    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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I travel once a year to St Vincent via Barbados. I found the airport staff to be very rude and surly. They have no idea how to be polite to travellers. The point is if it wasn't for travellers they would not have a job. Another thing is they take your duty free away from you even when you are in transit. If you travel from England (for instance) and you are in transit, you have to collect your luggage and book in with LIAT or what other airline you are travelling with and then when you check-in at customs they take your duty free that you have with you. Surely, people are entitled to take their duty free to their destination. I think the airport should have a transit lounge so that travellers don't have to go outside and back in again. Its very frustrating and tiring after travelling for over 8 hours to be queuing to get your luggage then queuing again to send it to its final destination.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  11 January 2012 by F Earl    (UK)

Rating : 1/10

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On arrival we had to queue for almost two hours to clear immigration, as officials scrutinised each passenger's immigration form closely before allowing them through. Our plane carried 360 passengers and there were only six officers on duty. The forms are pointless, they give you the blue copy back but then at customs another official collects them in at random. Totally pointless, this looks like a job creation scheme. What a terrible first impression for visitors - I am dreading my return flight, to find out what other horrors lie in store.



BARBADOS GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT customer review :  5 January 2012 by S Bond    (UK)

Rating : 1/10

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Barbados is dependant on tourism but offers a shabby welcome with unfriendly staff. I had to use the airport December 2011 to transit to Mustique. It was dirty and smelly. The premier lounge was unclean with furniture in need of repair. No fresh food, two opened bottles of white wine, a very unpleasant place to rest in.



Barbados Grantley Adams Airport customer review :  31 January 2011 by John Jemmott   (Canada)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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I have experienced both the old and new BGI, and the new one is certainly an improvement. I have to admit I miss those little huts in a garden that used to house the duty free shopping in the landside departure area, but they have a nice new sunken bar area with vegetation and I do believe a water feature. I do seem to remember long lineups at immigration before, but they don't seem very bad at all now. I don't mind the lack of jetways because for me, part of the whole experience is stepping off the plane and getting hit by that blast of hot air. I do however understand that it may be somewhat unpleasant if you arrive/depart in poor weather conditions. Reading through the comments I saw someone claim that one crosses a runway to get to one's plane. This is a fallacy. I also noticed a pattern that transit travellers seem to be decidedly unsatisfied with their experience. Travelling with connecting flight is generally unpleasant and often stressful, and their bad experience may be more a reflection of that than a reflection of the quality of the airport. I think it is terribly unfair of them to judge an airport, let alone a whole nation due to one bad experience.


Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review : 6 July 2010 by Cristiano Miro

Customer Rating : 4/5

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I was pleasantly surprised with Grantley Adams International. Although it has no jet-ways, one going up and down the stairs on the aircraft; this is an impressive facility for the Caribbean. Floors marble, with drawings and mosaics. The ceilings are all but large structures of white tents. This creates a relaxed elegant atmosphere. BGI is clean (including the restrooms!). On boarding, the international duty-free area is luxurious. Airport staff is pleasant and attentive, including immigration agents. To round-it-up, there are several good options for dining before and after security. Abundant and reliable taxi service, make this a positive first and last impression; for the fortunate visitors to this beautiful island.


Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review : 20 April 2010 by A Morris

Customer Rating : 1/5

1 Star Rating

Travelling through Barbados airport on my way to and from St Vincent & The Grenadines ruins the start and finish of every holiday. The staff are surly and bombastic, all Liat flights to SVG I am booked on are delayed with absolutely no information given out by the staff. at least one piece of hold luggage will always not be put onto your connecting flight. Now we send all our luggage by sea and just carry hand luggage. Also why can't anyone speak clearly over the tannoy?


Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review : 14 April 2009 : by Ian Norris

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

BGI is a good airport to get through quickly, especially given the two flights that came through at the same time. Only problem is lack of trolleys if you've a large number of bags to carry although you can get the trolley guys to help you (at a cost). On the way out there were no queues at all for BA and the security staff are actually friendly and not jobsworths (helping us with out two year old) - take note UK staff. A few shops to spend your last Bajan if need be and lots of space and seating.


Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review : 23 February 2009 : by Rob Horrell

Customer Rating : 1/5

1 Star Rating

Be very cautious when considering a holiday or flight in/out of Barbados airport. The staff break open suitcases even when locked, padlocked and a locking strap around them. We flew back from there last Sunday evening to the UK - to find two of our suitcases damaged. Missing electrical items including camera with holiday pictures.


Airport review by Mark Hatton

12 March 2008   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

Grantley Adams Airport has improved a lot after the completion of the 'new' Terminal. Baggage reclaim is still a little slow, but immigration speeds are much, much speedier. Overall, this facility has changed for the better. BGI is a much more pleasurable place than it used to be.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Charles Smith

6 July 2007   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

Arrival into Barbados 16th June 2007 from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic. This being my 7th time to this airport, I have grown used to its "unique experience", however I was in for a pleasant surprise as this was the first time I had been here since the overhaul of the arrivals and departures facilities. These were immediately visable as were were taxied iinto the gate. Still no jetways in sight. Passengers use steps to board/disembark. The new air conditioned immigration facilities mean one fast moving queueing system to all immigration booths as opposed to individual queues of varying lengths to each immigration booth. A new air conditioned reclaim area with working belts is a breath of fresh air for weary air travellers. Licenced airport taxis are available at the outdoor meeting point immediately after customs clearance. We were approached by several touts who tried to coax us over to their cars in the car park, however we insisted on a licenced cab which advertise their rates to all the main points on the island in BDS$ and US$ at the meeting point. The overall impression to arriving passengers is now one of a well run and efficient airport. Departure back to Gatwick on 30th June 2007 also a pleasant improvement over the old. Extended check in facilities run the length on one half of the departures area and then run as far into the terminal itself. Departure tax is now collected at the time of purchasing your ticket so no need to keep $25 in cash handy for leaving the island. The only downside to the revamped departures area is that there isn't a great deal of seating before going through security. The new immigration and security screening point is also air conditioned and queues were managed well to allow 4 wide bodied jet loads of passengers to pass through seamlessly without too much delay. New retail outlets are positioned after security which all passengers have to walk past in order to approach the gate areas. All jet departures board from this gate area where there are plenty of seats. There is also a small VIP lounge airside which allows you to buy access on the day (subject to availability) for BD$40 per person. Regional prop flights board from their original "open air" gates, however regional passengers still wait in the same area as international passengers. There are also extension "remote" gates with shuttle busses to/from the aircraft for when the airport gets really busy. Toilet facilities clean, however sparse in number. In summary, a thoroughly pleasant experience, only let down by by a few niggles. a complete change in experience from my expectation. It now feels like an efficient airport facility.


Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Clare Doyle

27 December 2006   Customer Rating : n/a

I have never been to such a chaotic airport with so little customer service and following our experiences on 16th December 2006 we hope never to have to travel to/via Barbados again. Late arriving connection flights are a standard issue in today's travel world but to find no transit facility and an hour-long immigration queue when you only have an hour left to departure following the delay is beyond frustration. Why does an airport that has so many transit passengers not provide a transit facility. Many people on our incoming flight from Grenada/Tobago missed their connections and we only caught ours due to persistent nagging of the Information Desk staff, one of whom was charming the other disinterested, and the goodwill of Virgin Atlantic, possibly enhanced by the fact that we had checked in online from Grenada in the morning. I will recommend to everyone I meet that they do not travel to/via Barbados in future. I can understand congestion and extenuating circumstances but the complete lack of interest from the majority of staff was incomprehensible and totally adverse to tourist relations. The stress caused by this experience at the end of our holiday to the beautiful island of Grenada almost totally destroyed the benefits of a relaxing Caribbean holiday. The fact that no-one can be bothered to reply to my emails requesting an explanation of the issues only compounds the issue.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Lois Griffith
7 December 2006

I have been around the airport in Barbados through it's many transitions from Seawell to Grantley Adams Int. I quite like how the old Seawell was structured as one did not get wet while standing in queue to check-in! I always refer to this new structure as a dry weather airport. As this new monstrosity is constructed, for the sake of progress where is the wisdom of the airport planners? Too many flaws! May be thay should have consulted the airline workers as to what is required by them for a safer smoother operation. Now the poor citizens have to pay back for it by a high ridiculous rise in the airport tax! I have seen passengers being dropped off in the rain for lack of an overhang by the drop off pavement, which caused a man to drive his jeep up into the check-in area to off load a passenger and her baggage. The hard working agents also get wet when the wind blows the rain inside the terminal. Where are the jet-bridges? Yes the view is lovely but not when you are stuck on an aircraft due to heave rain for over 40minutes. After reading a few comments on this site I must say Do not judge all agents but your one bad experience. There are still a few good ones out there. The waiting period for US carriers can hardly be blamed on the agents because after all since the USA has required much more security checks and additional entries by these airlines it's no wonder why check-in takes much longer, remember these carriers are fined thousands of dollars for errors that are made by agents!

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Mark Williams
26 February 2006

The new expansion really in an improvement - as are the new luggage belts - if only people would leave bags that don't belong to them on the belt! I eventually found our second bag amongst a pile of others that had been removed and dumped! There are a lot of improvements that could be made, such as a single queue for immigration, services by all the desks, rather than the current shambles where you pick the queue you think will be the best - I'm able to use the locals queue, but it's regularly a source of annoyance amongst other passengers! I've not had a problem with check in, but we normally check in early and either visit friends, or go for a drink. It can be hard after 8 hours in a plane from the UK to remember that you have arrived in a country where "western" ideas of timeliness and service aren't really going to fit in - my experience is that the airport staff have two speeds, and if you don't like the one they are working at now, you are going to hate the other one! My only major gripe is customs - why is there always one, really unhelpful, rude and ill mannered woman trying to see to a whole line, which often contains passengers from several big planes all at once!

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Jim Thomson
6 January 2006

I have been through Grantley Adams twice in the last month. It looks as though it will have a very nice landside terminal when the the work is finished and, once through security, the (I hope) temporary shopping arrangements will improve once the new units are finished. Things must have moved on quite a bit since October because the airside waiting areas at the gates seemed adequate with four wide-bodies on the stands and no sign of overcrowding. Improvements could be made in the way that check-in queues are managed with handling agent staff positioned at the entry to the queues rather than down at the desk end. On the second occasion I used the airport the signage above the desks clashed with airline information displayed on the monitors above them and resulted in some annoyance among people in the wrong queues - hence the comment about need for agents at the tail end of a queue. The public address system could also be improved (they REALLY need a good sound engineer to sort out the audio). There also seems to be a problem with the way airlines access the PA system. It would be better if there was a single person making all the announcements. That would reduce the variation in announcement "styles" (some barely decipherable) and techniques (some too close to the microphone and some to far away) and would ensure that all announcements were aired. One last improvement would be the change of access to the business lounge so that it was from airside rather than landside. That would make it a much more relaxing place because users would already be through security and not have to judge when to join the security queue so that they would be on time for boarding. I suppose the down side of that would be that the lounge would need to be bigger to accommodate a greater number of users. Overall a fairly average airport experience that will improve once the building is completed.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Kim Moore
22 December 2005

I use the Grantley Adams airport regularly and it is as efficient as any other airport in the Caribbean. It is bigger and more organized than other island airports. I have encountered problems and long waits but I have learnt to check-in a couple of hours before hand. I have encountered similar problems at JFK but that to me does not reflect on the island as a whole. It is an airport so there will be delays and crowds. All in all Barbados is a great place, one of the best islands in the Caribbean and a great get away spot.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Claus Heins
24 October 2005

Mr Dabney you are right, when they opened Grantly Adams it might have been one of the best in the Caribbean. I have been in and out the Caribbean for 15 years now. Since my first arrival a lot of other airports in the area have been upgraded: Port of Spain, Fort-de-France, Point-a-Pitre, Santo Domingo. They all can handle more planes than BGI. Today BGI is crowded, staff is not the friendliest, almost no shops and the departure area is an overcrowded nightmare if you have to handle more than 747 back to LON at the same time (The problem is that all flights to Europe leave around the same hour and you can have 5 of them at a time!). Same counts for baggage handling for incoming flights from Europe. The two or three belts (with one under repair most of the time) are a joke.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Jeremy Gray
17 August 2005

Grantley Adams Airport has had the necessary upgrade - pity that they could not improve the quality of the announcements (still very echoey!) - distinct lack of fresh water available and finally why are the prices of alcohol in the duty free departure area significantly higher than the prices in the duty free area in arrivals?

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by Jeanne Miller

12 July 2005

Horrific! A mass of people in one line for 3 hours in 90+ degree heat just waiting to check in, only to join another 25 minute line to get through security. No air conditioning, no water anywhere, no seating, absolutely no airport personnel visible. Why a single line for several airline ticket counters? USAir had slips of paper tacked up to indicate their counter space. Ticket agents were rude and slow. Be advised you may have a long walk to the airplane (across the runway), carrying your child & your carry on luggage - and will have yet another security checkpoint to pass. The plane was so late taking off that people were told to just run to their connecting flights and forget their luggage - it would be delivered the next day. So much for Barbados. Never again.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by  Robert Dabney

10 December 2004

I have been traveling in and out of Barbados since 1960. In the intervening forty plus years, I have arrived and departed from the old Sewell International Airport and since 1979, Grantley Adams International Airport. Since the opening of GAIA, I have transited the facility more than 30 times. Have I had any unpleasant experiences? Of course. I cannot name ANY international airport or cruise terminal where I have not encountered problems on at least one visit. However, I am compelled to say that the Barbados facility is one of the best, most modern facilities in the Caribbean. There are few airports in the region with the capability, both in terms of terminal and runway, to handle all components of major airline fleets from the B747 to, until recently, Concorde. The current expansion programme brings to mind renovations at many international facilities worldwide. Yes, there are inconveniences that must be endured. But these must be seen in the light of "temporary setbacks for permanent improvement." My personal pet peeve with GAIA has been the lengthy walk from planeside upon arrival to the immigration and customs areas. But when put up against the walk to immigration when arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico on American Eagle Airline, I'll take Barbados any day. I applaud the comment from Mr. St. John of the airport authority that one of the conditions to be attached to the letting of new vending contracts at the completed airport will be the requirement that restaurants be open as long as there are passengers in the terminal. This has long been a problem as pointed out by other posters to this forum. I would urge passengers arriving at GAIA to remember that you are not in New York, or London or Frankfurt. You are arriving in the Caribbean! The lifestyle is slower (not a BAD thing!!) and the people friendly. Enjoy your visit to the airport. Take in the lush vegetation that is all around you. Enjoy the sounds, sights and smells. And let your arrival be the harbinger of a wonderful visit to follow.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by  Mark Hatton

27 August 2004

Barbados Airport isn't too bad if you realise that you are in the Caribbean and you have to appreciate the fact that the pace of life is very slow, rushing is one word that does not exist here - unlike our western sociteies. Therefore it is wise to come prepared and be patient, when i got there the bags took over 1 hour to come through off the plane, which is irritating, but hey, relax!  The airport is undergoing some major re-vamping yet this is very slow going and I do not know when this will finish! A really bad point is the fact there is no flight information once you get through immigration, its hard to see if you are delayed or if your flight is cancelled (like what happened to me trying to get to Port-of-Spain in Trinidad). Highly frustrating are two words that come to mind. Like I said though, generally speaking if you come prepared, it isnt all that bad.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by  Bruce Doyle

5 August 2004

I've vacationed in Barbados sixteen times and have never had a problem at the airport in any capacity. I find the airport quite adequate and with the current terminal construction, which is ongoing, the facilities can only improve. My first experience was in 1969 when the terminal was the now cargo facility. Since then much improvement has taken place. I think people have to realise that they're in the Caribbean and learn to ease up and relax.

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by  Sian Williams

1 August 2004

Barbados airport is appalling. The check in staff are rude, the shops are non existent. We were travelling business class with BWIA and the check in staff told us the business lounge was through departures - having gone through we were told that this was not true and the lounge was in the main terminal and we could not go back!!! Our flight was delayed by 3 hours so had to sit in grotty plastic seats for nearly 6 hours with nothing to eat or drink as the shops had shut - we would never go back!

Barbados Grantley Adams Airport review by  Matthew Clarkson

22 November 2003

This airport is absolutely dreadful. The facilities are basically non-existent both in the arrivals and departure areas. It was not even possible to buy a bottle of water when we arrived at 10:45pm. On departing, after security, there is a small seating area that should really be demolished. All shops had closed by 10:00pm. To be fair, they are obviously renovating the entire facility but the basic amenities should still be provided.









 


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