Letter: Phony rationales for the construction of Argyle airport


Dear Sir:

My last Argyle International Airport (AIA) essay addressed the goalpost shifting at this new facility on the mainland of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) by discussing the envy-cum-pride psychological and site-based reasons government officials have offered to validate its construction.

My aim here is supplement these by interrogating the main off-airport justifications for its construction.

Greater Convenience. In his “famous” August 8, 2005 speech, “The International Airport Project at Argyle,” explaining the need to construct AIA, the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, argued that:

“… air access difficulties constitute a practical brake on the movement of our nationals who reside in North America and Europe in returning to their…

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