Citizens of the Southen Caribbean Nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines will celebrate a historic milestone today Tuesday 14th, February, this as the island of just over 100,000 residents opens its first International airport.
The country retired the E.T Joshua Airport as of midnight on the 14th, with the first commercial flight leaving AIA at 6.45am this morning for Barbados Via LIAT.
The island has a rich history of aviation with its first airport at Diamond which was officially commissioned in 1934.
The code SVD came to life due to the first landing strip at Diamond.
In the 1950’s Villa was the choice for the airport, the planes landed and took off from the water in front of Villa Beach in the Young Island Channel.
In 1961 The airport then moved on to Arnos Vale or vigie airport which became E.T Joshua, today the realisation of a dream, AIA or Argyle International Aiport is now a reality.
On Monday a Flag Raising and Military Parade was held as well as the unveiling of a plaque.
The ceremony was addressed by Prime Minister Gonsalves, Taiwan’s Ambassador to the island and other Government Officials.
Today a rally will be held for the opening of the airport, the Opposition will not attend, they have indicated it will be a party event and not a national one.
A number of foreign carriers will operate charter flights to the AIA today including Dynamic Airways which is expected to land at 7 am.
Central American base airline Easysky will land h at 11.30 am.
The flight which will originate in Cuba will see a number of Vincentian students and some 60 former Cuban workers arriving here for the historic event.
Sunwing will operate a charter flight out of Pearson International Airport in Canada. CAL or Caribbean Airlines will operate out of John F Kennedy airport in Newyork.
The event which has morphed into a regional success will see Foreign dignitaries including the President of Guyana, Vice President of the council of state Cuba, and the President of Venezuela delivering brief remarks.
The list of dignitaries also includes the wife of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
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