Construction of new international airport terminal to begin in St Vincent

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Actual construction of the new Argyle International Airport terminal building in St Vincent will begin within one week, Dr Rudy Matthias, chairman and CEO of the Argyle International Airport Development Company announced on Sunday.

Matthias, speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal building, said he expects Taiwanese firm Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Ltd will complete the facilities within 28 months, as contracted.

He said that, while preparing for the design of the terminal building, IADC officials visited airports in Cuba, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Mexico, Portugal, and Atlanta.

Taiwanese firm, CECI Engineering Consultants Inc. was awarded the US$3.9 million contract for the design and supervision of landside facilities.

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19 Comments

  1. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 10, 2011

    Dominica will not move forward without suitable air access. While EC$450 million dollars is difficult to raise, given the present state of the global economy, something has to be done to take Dominica to the next level.
    Irrespective of the ignorant statements that were made on this post, these projects are very complex. At the end, when it is completed, St. Vincent will benefit while Dominica will continue to lag behind its neighbors.

  2. seal
    August 9, 2011

    Dominica Airport is in a mice hole, we have stood the test of time and now we lie in a modern environment opening more avenues for mice to enter not even considering Rat

    • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
      August 10, 2011

      Put all of you in power, you all will do the same dam thing, so shut your mouths.

  3. Dumbway
    August 9, 2011

    Soon You will be seeing the same News But instead of ST. Vincent it would be DOMINICA

  4. Anonymous
    August 9, 2011

    Their airport is just a mud site..MONEY IN A HOLE PROJECT.. its already being called Jumbie airport and guess what they are considering a 3% levy to help with the costs..UNFINISHED AIRPORT… DUMMIES IN A CAN IS ALL YOU WILL GET TOO

    • lem
      August 9, 2011

      i guess you knows alot about voodoo!!!

  5. lulz
    August 9, 2011

    I just have one question for everyone. As much as we need the airport (and yes we really need it) where is the EC$450 million going to come from to build it? Cuz as it is already, the govt whipping a dead horse for taxes.

  6. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
    August 9, 2011

    Don’t be jealous, dominicans. Ours will come one day. It’s all good and well for the caribbean, and we caribbean people should be all proud of the progress we are making in the caribbean hemisphere. At least we have brought some developments to melville hall, and we should all feel proud of that. The caribbean is moving on. All the islands in the caribbean basin are progressing, and we should look at it from that perspective. There is alot going on in dominica also including a modern state-of-the-art college to be delivered next year. It is the United Islands of the Caribbean just as the United States of America. Any new development going on in any of the islands in the caribbean we should all feel proud of.

    • MIND OF MY OWN
      August 10, 2011

      So why is it that some of you just decide to be plain and out right stupid.Don’t you realise that what St. Vincent has is theirs and not ours? Don’t you realise that even if we feel proud for st. Vincent that still does not make us a beneficiary of the income generated by their airport?

  7. littleboy
    August 9, 2011

    We have become the laughing stock of the caribbean because of the stupidity and ignorance of our people who continue to put party politics before country. In 1995 we had the PM of Antigua come to Dominica to tell us why we should not build an international airport, while they in Antigua continue to benefit from their Airport. To add insult to injury, in 2009 Mr Skerrit brought in the Pm of St Vincent right in the stronghold of the DLP in Possie, to convince us that we should not build an International Airport. We being the fools that we are applauded when he gave how many reasons why we should not build an international airport. Then in less than a year later, he ran and annouce his plan for an international airport. What makes us look so foolish is that at the time of his famous statement they in St. Vincent had night landing and we Dominicans that want to fly to Purto Rico or the US via liat have to connect in St. Vincent and fly back over Dominica to get en route to Purto Rico. Nou Two Sort westa deye

    • seal
      August 9, 2011

      yes sir i do agree with. this simply shows us who are Skerrit`s advisers and where he is getting advise.

      • KoKo Naughts
        August 10, 2011

        @Seal; I guess u didn’t read the part that said in 1995 a PM came to Dca and said the same thing. Who was in government at the time?

  8. August 9, 2011

    And the 5 star international resorts to accompany the international airport is already being marketed and sold in the UK! St Vincent looks like a good investment from where I am seated! http://www.successful-investor.co.uk/buccament_bay_st_vincent.php

  9. passingthru
    August 9, 2011

    I wonder since there is free movement of goods and services they will approve to employ Dominicans who wish to go to svg. Such a pity we allow these peeps to come to our shores and say we dont need an international airport yet they themselves doing the opposite. hmmm

  10. CC
    August 9, 2011

    If SVG can build an international airport why can’t Dominica build one?

    • Piper
      August 9, 2011

      So your strongest argument for us having an airport is because SVG has one? Very smart indeed.

  11. yout
    August 9, 2011

    while they come to our political rallies and give all the reasons why we shouldn’t have an international airport …they RUn back to SVG and build their own…LORD HAVE MERCY!!

  12. observer
    August 9, 2011

    Wow, is this the same St. Vincent whose Prime Minister came to Dca and told us we do not need an international airport….

    • MIND OF MY OWN
      August 10, 2011

      Yes he said that to dominicans at Fort Young but those dummies won’t remember or don’t even know cause not many of them listen to news or read the news papers. That same Gonzalves encouraged dominica to break ties with Taiwan and as soon as he went back home he signed agreement with the same Taiwan. So doesn’t that make us the laughing stock of the caribbean?Eh beh nou domnichen dotish

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