Air Canada is set to resume direct flights to the Argyle International Airport (AIA) from today, November 4.
And, Deputy Prime Minister, Montgomery Daniel said he is happy that air access to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has been improved, with the construction of the (AIA).
“We are thankful that we are able to improve our access, and to have visitors and our own family and friends coming in,” Daniel said on NBC Radio on Wednesday, November 2.
Air Canada had suspended flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines during the onset of the covid pandemic, but after today’s resumption there will be three flights per week during the busy December season.
These flights will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning on Tuesday, December 20 and will run up to January 10, 2023.
From January 10, Air Canada’s schedule to St Vincent and the Grenadines will be reduced to two flights weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Minister Daniel, who was acting in the capacity in the absence of Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, said he anticipates that with the resumption of these direct flights from Toronto, there will be more arrivals to SVG from Canada, In 2021 Air Canada announced the suspension of flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines and other destinations effective January 24.
The acting Prime Minister also announced that American Airlines will make daily flights from Miami to St Vincent and the Grenadines from March 3, 2023.
“We are seeing the result of the establishment of the Argyle International Airport.
“More and more passengers will be coming in and out of St Vincent and the Grenadines,” Daniel said.
Reflecting on the problems associated with international travel prior to the coming on stream of the AIA, Minister Daniel said, “it was really a nightmare.”
He told listeners, “I am sure that many of us are happy flying from where we are coming from directly into St Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Daniel said he believes that this progress “shows that government is looking in the right direction, as it relates to tourism.”
“We are now seeing the benefits of the work that we would have done so far,” he stressed.