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Letter: More proof that Argyle won't fly
Published on December 8, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

We have just witnessed another crazy publicity stunt on Sunday, December 6, at the site of the incomplete Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St Vincent and the Grenadines by a desperate Unity Labour Party government so hungry to cling to its slender grip on power that it chartered the landing of a LIAT plane on the unfinished runway (http://www.iwnsvg.com/2015/12/06/cal-will-fly-to-argyle-airport-gonsalves/) three days before the next general election.

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This ploy was just a bad joke because we have been told since 2005 that AIA was meant to attract international airlines flying big jets from North America and Europe.

We already have a perfectly suitable airport for LIAT at Arnos Vale. So what is so startling about a small LIAT plane being able to land at Argyle when it is capable of landing on any flat surface of suitable length?

It may have actually convinced some of the skeptics that AIA is a viable project if the prime minister had held a press conference showing us in black and white the contracts that international carriers have signed promising non-stop service to AIA once it is operational.

Instead, we received a vague verbal assurance that Caribbean Airlines (CAL), a carrier hardly mentioned in the past, will fly to Argyle once the airport is serviceable. What our devious prime minister failed to mention is that CAL does not have non-stop flights to anywhere in the Caribbean from Toronto, New York, or London – its only three overseas venues – except its two hubs in Jamaica and Trinidad. So much for the beginning of non-stop flights from overseas.

Having to connect through Jamaica or Trinidad would mean that the existing LIAT connection from Barbados would still be the cheapest and most convenient way to reach St Vincent island, making AIA even more redundant than it already is. Allowing CAL to travel here from Jamaica or Trinidad also would mean that it would be allowed to land here from Barbados, Saint Lucia, and Grenada, thereby hastening LIAT’s bankruptcy.

The juvenile landing of a LIAT aircraft at AIA and the CAL announcement are just more proof that – based on bottom-line economic considerations – no international carriers are interested in providing non-stop international air service to AIA.

The two election rallies at AIA celebrating the landing of small aircraft is just more proof that this is a political airport – nothing more, nothing less.

C. ben-David
 
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Peter Binose:

Your quite right David it actually gives my ars a head ache.

But lets not be too fast in condemning the writer what if it is a blind person, or a deaf person who cannot read what he writes unless he uses shout letters.

David lets try and be tolerant and just tell whoever it is to piss off. Its much easier than going into a whole lot of splurge that they probably do not understand any way.

g.b:

YOU ARE FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT VINCENTIANS ARE SO BACKWARD, THAT WE WILL FOREVER TAKE 2 PLANES TO GET TO & FROM NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, ETC. YOU ARE SUCH A JACK ASS, YOU BRAIN CANT ALLOW YOU TO RATIONALIZE ANYTHING OTHER THAN POLITICAL. SO THE AIRPORT WILL FAIL SIMPLY BECAUSE ULP BUILT IT? YOU DISGUST ME!WHAT HAPPENED ON SUNDAY.....IT IS POLITICALLY CORRECT FOR THE ULP TO DO THAT..POLITICALLY CORRECT! NORMAL PERSONS WITH A REASONABLE IQ WILL UNDERSTAND THIS...SO BASIC & ELEMANTRY.WHY NOT POST YOUR VIEWS AROUND YOUR HOUSE, SO THE BE IN YOUR OWN WORLD INSTEAD OF PRINTING SUCH TRASH FOR PEOPLE WITH SENSE TO READ.

c. ben-David:

c.b., all over North America and outside big cities in Europe and elsewhere, people have always had to take two or more planes to travel long distances. For example, I had to take two planes just to get to Barbados because I live in a North American city with "only" 600,000 people (almost six times more than tiny St. Vincent) which makes non-stop flights to Barbados uneconomical because there is just not enough passenger demand even during the height of the tourist season.

This issue has nothing to do with "backwardness," as you claim. It is simply a matter of demography, geography, and economics.

There is hardly a region in the world that has more underused international airports so closely spaced together than the Caribbean.

To me, it is a sign of profound backwardness to build yet another wasteful airport on St. Vincent Island when we already have so many international airports very close by in St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, and Canouan.

Get over your inferiority complex. It is baseless.

And stop writing in CAPS; it is so low class and gives me a headache.

g.b:

Think this through if you can, if you possibly can...A lack of an international airport in SVG is an impediment, hindering the expansion of our tourism product, it restricts our agricultural produce from international markets.....those simple, elementary issues never cross your mind, right.... you so concern about Ralph, you can't think straight.....you only see politics. Do you know how much hours we spend in BGI waiting for connecting flights? did you know Liat ATRs faces challenges landing at ET Joshua? did you know it cost on average 300 USD travelling between BGI & SVG? Who could believe that in 2015 people like you can't see the need for an international airport on mainland St. Vincent, oh my it hurts! I write in upper case for emphasis....Do we control airports in BGI & SLU for example? how much will it cost to operate a hub from those Islands? do you know what pride is? Your mind is too restricted....Rich folks coming to Mustique park their jets in SLU & BGI...That's lost revenue... but you know about economics, right? the point is this, write what you want but print them out & stick them up around your house, in your own world......AIA will prosper with time.... wait and see.....

Observer:

On Sunday December 6th, 2015, Vincentians from all works of life has witness history in the making. Six planes landed at (AIA). One LAIT flight, four small planes, and one jet. From what I observed they all had a soft landing, as well as a smooth take off. The so-called "EXPERTS" like PETER, and CBD, who knows so much about everything and contributes little or nothing at all. CBD, and Peter must have been shocked to see the tremendous CROWD that were present at ARGYLE.

Don't matter what you say, the ARGYLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is REALTY. What we have at ARGYLE is a SYMBOL of HOPE for generations to come. In spite of set backs SVG is progressing reasonably. The ULP doesn't have all of the answers but we've seen the love, determination, passion, dedication, and patriotism demonstrated time and time again.

A few questions for Peter, and CBD?

* DO YOU SUPPORT THE TRANSFORMATION OF ARNOS VALE?

* HOW ABOUT THE BUILDING OF A NEW HOSPITAL?

* HOW ABOUT THE GEO-TERMINAL PROJECT?

* A NEW PORT IN KINGSTOWN?

* A TOP CLASS RESORT ON THE LEEWARD COURSE OF THE ISLAND?

With all of these projects in the pipeline to come, by PRIVATE/PUBLIC SECTOR. With so much talks about the poor state of the economy under the current administration, wouldn't this be a plus for the economy during the coming years?

Did I heard correctly when the HONORABLE ARNHIM EUSTACE said that he wouldn't cut programs that were implemented under the ULP, cause of the tremendous benefits. One such program the "LIFE-TO LIVE".

If the NDP is elected to office on December 9th, let's see if they can really turn around the economy.


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