Argyle International Airport – From Dream to Reality

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Argyle International Airport (IATA: SVDICAO: TVSA), is a newly constructed airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The project broke ground in 2008, and finally after a long wait the airport welcomed Dynamic Air as its first ever international plane to touch down in February of 2017.

Overview

Attempts by the previous government led by Sir James F. Mitchell, Premier and Prime Minister of St.Vincent and the Grenadines for 19 years, (premier 1972-1974, prime minister 1984-2001) to lengthen the E.T. Joshua Airport runway were unsuccessful. Engineers had advised that the runway could have been extended by 2000 feet into the sea, as requested by American Eagle. At a projected cost of US $50 million, this would have allowed regional jets, with service as far as Miami and South America with up to 120 passengers, to safely fly in and out of E.T. Joshua Airport.[5] According to Prime Minister Mitchell, his government invited tenders for the final design at Arnos Vale. He stated, “I turned over the contract documents for a successful tender by a Canadian company to my successor [Arnhim Ulric Eustace] to sign, but he decided to wait until the next election and cancelled the visit arranged for Kuwaiti officials”. The original conceptual designs for the airport were developed by RCGA Architects-Interior Designers.

Choice of Location

Besides the E.T. Joshua Airport and its possible upgrade and runway extension, two other sites were considered for a new airport to accommodate more passengers and longer flights: Argyle on the eastern side of the island and Kitchen to the southeast. Argyle was selected and work began on August 8, 2008. According to the Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves administration Cuba, Taiwan, and Venezuela are helping with the construction of the airport. The runway is expected to be 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide.

The new airport was originally scheduled to open in 2011. As of February 2016 the project has cost in excess of EC $729 million with increases in costs expected and has suffered from many delays. Paving on the runway was still incomplete as of February 2016.

Opening of the Argyle International Airport

After five years of being behind schedule opening Argyle International Airport, the opening of 14 February 2017.

Caribbean Airlines and Dynamic Airways will make an inaugural flight out of New York City, USA, while Sunwing Airlines will doing a chartered flight from Tornoto, Canada. These three airlines are expected to touch down at the Argyle International Airport during the Grand Opening Ceremony which include leaders and diplomats from around the world.

Argyle International Airport

 

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