A Valentine’s ‘Opening’ For The Argyle Airport
February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, is set aside for the ‘opening’ of the Argyle International Airport.
The construction of the Airport, the largest capital project ever undertaken in this country, was launched on August 8, 2005 by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
Construction ensued thereafter and during the course of time (since 2008) there have been changes in a date for commencement of operations, this until the disclosure which came late December 2016. The airport project has not been without its fair share of detractors, from the get go.
However, a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ dubbed so by Prime Minister Gonsalves and including countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Austria, Malaysia and Turkey, have provided support to ensure the continuation of the dream.
The Argyle International Airport is predicted to enhance the nation’s economic position, and intended to bring the country in line with the demands of the 21st century.
The runway at the Argyle Airport is 9000 feet long, with a width of 150 feet. It is built to facilitate 1.5 million passengers per year, and capable of handling 800 persons at peak hour. It caters for International and Domestic flights, and is equipped with the most modern facilities.
An official programme is being finalised for the February 14 opening. Director of the Tourism Authority Glen Beache announced plans for a Charter from Canada to form part of the opening proceedings.
Operations at Argyle will clear the way for expansion at Arnos Vale , the location of the E.T. Joshua Airport which serves as tis multi-island nation’s main airport.
In addition to Arnos Vale, there are airports on the Grenadine islands of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, and Union Island.
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