as gateways to these 32 Eastern
Caribbean islands located between
St. Lucia and Grenada. The second
airport in the Eastern Caribbean
region to be solar powered, Argyle
is poised to transform the travel
experience and the local economy.
Argyle is the largest development
project ever undertaken by SVG.
International Airport Development
Company Limited, which is wholly
owned by the government of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, is the
entity spearheading the financing
and construction of the airport.
Boasting a state-of-the-art control
tower, a 9,000-foot runway, an
inline baggage system, cargo and
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general aviation facilities, it will be
a tourism incentive for the country.
Six gates are completed and ready
The airport is designed to
accommodate jets as large as Boeing
747-400s, and the terminal will have
the capacity to handle 1. 4 million
passengers per year. Due to the large
amount of rainfall in the region,
passengers will remain dry upon
departure and arrival via jetbridge,
which is rarely seen at island
In order to make the airport
a reality, developers had to cut
through three mountains, span a
river, relocate 143 homes, as well as
a church and a cemetery. SVG Prime
Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has
pursued construction of the airport
with determination. He has been
preparing the local population for
the demands of increased tourism
by placing a high importance on
education. “You can’t have tourism
without an educated population,”
explained Gosalves. The prime
minister plans a mixed-use facility
to revitalize the site of the current
E. T. Joshua Airport, including the
construction of a hospital.
Contributed by Melissa Sabatine,
AAAE Senior Vice President,