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St Vincent and the Grenadines signs new open skies agreement with US
Published on April 8, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves (left) with Political Economic Director at US Embassy Bridgetown, Yaryna Ferencevych, after the signing of the open skies agreement

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A new open skies agreement between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines was signed on April 7, 2017, entering into force with immediate effect. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement.

The US embassy in Bridgetown welcomed the signing of the new open skies agreement as strengthening the partnership between the two countries and deepening commercial and economic ties between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“It will provide opportunities for airlines, travelers, businesses, airports and localities by allowing increased market access for passenger and cargo to fly between our two countries and beyond. In doing so, the new agreement will facilitate future travel and commerce between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines,” the embassy said.
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The government of the US and SVG having signed the open skies agreement is a welcoming need for the latter, and consequentially we should be looking forward to other such agreement with the EU, Asian and Far East countries willing to enter into partnership with SVG under the open skies agreement. One such aspect of the agreement that augur well for SVG is the option of, promoting increased travel and trade, enhancing productivity, and spurring high-quality job opportunities and economic growth... “desiring to make it possible for airlines to offer the traveling and shipping public a variety of service options at the lowest prices that are not predatory or discriminatory, and do not represent abuse of a dominant position... desiring to ensure the highest degree of safety and security in international air transport" etc.

I am of the opinion that this “open skies agreement” should now put to rest the absurd and bold faced lie perpetrated by radio station DJ “Bing-de-Bling-Bling” (my characterization) and some members of the opposition, that 'the US/TSA had given Argyle International Airport (AIA) security systems a failing grade'.

C.ben-David our AIA "Gremlin" will be most upset and unhappy about this present unfolding, and is off and running at full speed preparing another one of his bogus essay’s as to why the US shouldn’t even bother with AIA; (Somebody, anybody, please hand me a bucket of water...)

C. ben-David:

These open skies/air transport agreements allow increased direct travel and related commerce between countries, most of whom have a history of indirect travel and commerce. They are no necessary stimulus, let alone guarantee, of increased travel or commerce.

What encourages increased travel and commerce are features that we have a pitiful lack of: (1) a mainland tourism potential based on first class attractions and (2 )commercial and industrial resources (abundant and cheap agricultural products, valuable raw productive materials, a thriving IT sector, etc.).

The agreement just signed with the US is not worth the paper is was printed. Too bad it wasn't printed on toilet paper with would at least have given it one useful function!

Vinciman, you are pitifully wrong again, as usual.

Tomas Chlumecky:

Its a good step, BUT realize its TOTALLY one sided, as St. Vincent has no airline with aircraft big enough and with the range to reach the USA, just Puerto Rico and USVI.

Locally just Mustique Airways and SVG Air with small 6 to 19 passenger twin aircraft.

So, what St. Vincent now needs is a locally based airline to start direct services to say San Juan, THE Caribbean hub for connections to Europe and North America at lower prices than BGI or ANU.

So a AIA-SJU service is the starting point for a regional aircraft, but yes one day Miami and New York, but STV is a small market, so it will have to be incoming tourists, who seek new good hotels, any around ? that can take 150 tourist in on one flight ?

Colin in Quebec:

Not directly related to this article, but just a comment. I would love to be able to fly direct from Canada to your new airport. I have no ties to SVG whatsoever but I have been reading up on your country and would love to visit someday. Just sayin'!


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