Nonstop Flights to the Grenadines on the Way Thanks to New Airport
Where: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Later this year, the Grenadines will become more accessible for Americans as the first international airport opens on St. Vincent. The chain of 32 Caribbean islands will then offer non-stop flights from North America for the first time.
Set to open in late 2014, the new Argyle International Airport will replace the existing ET Joshua Airport and will offer direct international jet service from the U.S., Canada and Europe. The project broke ground in 2008 and cost $240 million, which is the country’s most expensive capital project in its history and nearly one half of its GDP. How’s that for a sign of commitment to tourism growth?
The airport’s new terminal will have 171,000 square feet of floor space and have the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per year, more than five times that of the current airport. The Argyle International Airport will sit on roughly 175 acres of land will be able to accommodate planes as large as Boeing 747s on its 9,000-foot runway.
We're still waiting on word of what the exact routes will be, and we'll be sure to let you know when they are announced. Our guess is one or all of the usual east coast to the Caribbean suspects: Miami, New York, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Boston.
[Photos: Argyle International Airport]