Persons wishing to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for Vincy Mas 2017 can feel “pretty much assured” that there will be direct international flights.
Minister of Tourism Cecil “Ces” McKie said this week that negotiations with airlines should be complete by then, but if not, private citizens will organise chartered flights.
With the Feb. 14 opening of Argyle International Airport (AIA), SVG can now receive direct flights from international destinations.
However, no international carrier has announced plans to flight to AIA, which began operating after a six-year delay.
Speaking on Xtreme FM this week, McKie said:
“We have intensified our discussion with the airlines; we have done so for quite a few months now.”
He said his ministry is “confident that there will be some regular (sic) scheduled flights in place by that time (Vincy Mas), from North America — which is USA and Canada, and possibly from the UK as well”.
He said Vincentians in the United Kingdom “feel very left out of what transpired over the last two weeks”.
He was referring to the chartered flights from New York and Canada that landed at Argyle on Feb. 14, with the return leg on Feb. 21.
McKie said flights are expected to be in place “by Carnival”.
Vincy Mas 2017 is scheduled to take place from June 24 to July 11.
The tourism minister said that private persons have already indicated that they will be organising chartered flights to SVG.
“So, persons are pretty much assured that there will be flights available to get to the destination. And the ministry, as a ministry, we will ensure that that happens,” McKie said.