Grantley Adams International Airport is strategically situated on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean basin and forms one of the most important links in the aviation infrastructure of the region.

The forerunner of Grantley Adams International Airport was Seawell Airport which came into being in 1956 after a Royal Netherlands Airlines (KLM) plane landed on a grass runway in 1939. In 1940/41, the Barbados government recognised that if an important and vital link was to be maintained between Barbados and the outside world, a paved runway was an absolute necessity.

The new building was completed in 1956 and though it served Barbados well for 23 years, it became outdated almost as soon as its door were opened because of the rapid growth of air traffic. The present air traffic control tower was completed in 1976 and later that same year the airport was renamed "Grantley Adams International Airport" in honour of Sir Grantley Adams, Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation and now a National Hero of Barbados.

Another landmark occasion for GAIA was November 1, 1979 when the new terminal was opened. The building was constructed at a capital cost of $28 million BDS. The terminal is an imposing building of  grey concrete offset by the greenery around.  

Important dates in Barbados’ Aviation history
First airplane (International flight) to land in Barbados@ Rockley Golf Club March 29th 1929
International Learn to fly Day May 15 annually
The official opening of the Grantley Adams International Airport November 1st 1979
The anniversary of Seawell International Airport October 19th annually
First Concorde to land in Barbados November 7th 1977
International Air Traffic Controllers’ Day October 20th annually
International Civil Aviation Day December 7th annually


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