Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Antigua and Barbuda to get new airport

Plans for a new airport for Antigua and Barbuda were unveiled at World Travel Market today and will be open for business by the end of 2013. The new facility will receive investment of $43 million to make the process of entering the island more efficient and impressive.

John Maginley, the island's Minister of Tourism said that the current airport built 30 years ago is not able to withstand the large number of vistitors and further strict regulations imposed on travel today.

Maginley has also taken the opportunity to vent his frustration at the effect of APD on vistors to the island's. Commenting he said “The income it brings the UK government is hard for them to walk away from, and I understand that, but we have come up with a way for it to be fairer with a small increase for short haul and everyone else in band B. The argument is that people are still travelling but because it is more expensive those people are spending less time in resort and spending less money when there – it is damaging Caribbean economies.”

Here here John!

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