The new international airport in St Vincent & the Grenadines begins service today.
The new Argyle International Airport is expected to increase accessibility to SVG by attracting direct flights from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., by replacing the longstanding ET Joshua Airport, which could only receive regional flights from neighboring Caribbean islands.
Costing an EC$729 million, the new airport has a 9,000 square foot runway that can accommodate aircrafts as large as the Boeing 747, and its 171,000 square-foot terminal is expected to service 1.5 million passengers annually – which is more than 5 times the capacity of the ET Joshua facility.
The first flights arriving at Argyle today will be intra-regional carriers LIAT and Grenadine Air Alliance. A charter flight from Toronto organized by SVG’s Tourism Authority, will be the first international flight, and other charter flights today will come from New York’s JFK airport via Caribbean Airlines and Dynamic Airways.
Completion of SVG’s new Argyle International Airport had missed construction deadlines every year since 2011, and finally opens almost 6 years behinds schedule.
The airport project is the largest capital project in SVG’s history and required to removal of 3 large mountainous hills to construct.