International airlines have been invited to St Vincent and the Grenadines “to finalize arrangements and look at scheduling” as the country prepares to open its international airport at Argyle next year.
Tourism Minister Cecil McKie told CMC News that construction on the multi-million dollar airport, which began in 2008, is expected to be completed early next year.
He said by October 2014, persons in the Diaspora should be able to come home.
Minister McKie said the tourism sector is expected to benefit tremendously from the opening of the airport.
He is optimistic that tourist arrivals to the country will triple the within two years of the airport’s completion.
Minister McKie said a number of airlines in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have been invited to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for talks before the end of the year.
He said the international airport would also enable the country to better market agricultural products overseas, noting that “marketing is a challenge now.”