With recent announcements that the Argyle Airport will become operational before the end of 2016, Vincentians are eager to know which airlines would be servicing the multi-island state, still considered virgin territory.
In March of 2015, the Government announced in Parliament in response to a question by the leader of the Opposition, that talks were ongoing with officials from a number of Airlines.
The report included American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, Spirit West Jet, British Airways and Caribbean Airlines.
At the end of May 2016, Prime Minister Gonsalves told the nation that he would be signing an agreement with an American based airline with which negations had already been finalized.
Sources in Kingstown told News784 that the Fort Worth Texas-based American Airlines would make an inaugural flight to Argyle Airport, sometime between the 14th and 20th of December 2016.
The Government, however, has been very tight-lipped about the airlines that should be servicing the Airport, stating that the Airlines would prefer to make their own announcement.
News784 Reached out to the American Airlines’ Latin American and Caribbean Corporate Communications Officer, Laura Masvidal, who responded to us saying:
“We are continuously looking for ways to be the most competitive airline, offering our customers a global network that is second to none.
Masvidal continued by saying:
“Right now we don’t have any announcements to make on this specific route, but we look forward to continuing our service to our 37 destinations in the Caribbean.
This country’s Opposition leader recently stated that no international airport would be opened on the island in 2016.
The Opposition New Democratic Party has long held the view that the Government went about financing the airport on the backs of future generations.
The end of year announcement comes after a June deadline was placed before the public; however, that date did not become reality.
The ULP in a weekly newspaper column said that Vincentians have waited a long time for an international airport and that the country’s economy, particularly the sectors related to tourism and travel, and agriculture, have suffered because the country has no direct access to international destinations.
Written By Ernesto Cooke