There is still no word on the airlines likely to fly to the Argyle international airport, one year ahead of its expected operationalization.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told a press conference last week that he had a further update from head of the Tourism Authority, Glen Beache.
“Until he says to me that I can speak about names, I find it difficult to do it…” Gonsalves told reporters.
He said another discussion in July will bring together all stakeholders.
Gonsalves said that Barbados last year spent $18 million of its tourism promotion budget on accessing air transportation.
“A few years earlier, when they had more money, they spent $30 million,” Gonsalves said, adding that Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts have had to do the same.
“Because you have to make sure that you get a certain minimum number of seats. There are some standard things and we are looking at the various model…” he further said.
Gonsalves said in November 2011 that airlines interested in flying to the Argyle airport didn’t want their competitors to know.
“We have airlines who have already indicated their interest and none wants us to mention their names, because, obviously, they don’t want their competitors to know until quite late what they are engaged in,” Gonsalves said then.