St Vincent PM against proposed $5 security surcharge on airline tickets


KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves has said he is opposed to a proposal for an additional fee of five dollars on airline tickets.

The aim is to raise US$56 million for a regional security agency and to fund a tourism promotion drive by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).

BBC Caribbean reported that several other countries are also against the idea.

But citing the current cost to his nationals of travelling via regional hub such as Barbados, Gonsalves suggested a one dollar levy as an alternative to help raise funds for international airports in his country and Dominica.

However, he acknowledges that his idea might not find favour with some governments.

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  1. Poule Coutouni
    March 13, 2011

    I am NOT confused and Ralph Gonzalves DID come here and told us that we did NOt need an International airport. soon after he went to St. Vincent and began their International airport. Sooo. What’s up with Ralph sati salop! On LIAT back on OUR back. NO WAY!

  2. Piper
    March 11, 2011

    Why don’t they tack on an extra $1000 per ticket?

    By their reckoning that would bring in an additional $11.2 billion.

  3. hmm2
    March 11, 2011

    isnt this the same effer that said we dont need aqn intl airport?

    • ROCKSY
      March 11, 2011

      No you confusing him with Eddison James in 1989!

      • hmm2
        March 11, 2011

        no im not

      • mouth of the south
        March 13, 2011

        rocksy u know pretty well what hhm2 talking bout,,, u just couldn’t stomach that someone could bring it up

    March 11, 2011

    Good move Comrade!!

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