The ground has been broken at the site of Antigua’s major new terminal, an expansion to the VC Bird International Airport, located north of Saint John’s. It is hoped that the 45 Million Dollar investment will bring jobs, economic growth and even greater tourist numbers to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.
In attendance at London’s World Travel Market (WTM) event, Antigua and Barbuda unveiled the new terminal to the world. It will cover 165,814 square feet, feature 26 check-in counters, 20 immigration desks and three jet bridges. There will also be an extensive retail space and food court, as well as the standard complimentary facilities of any ‘enhanced’ terminal space (Wi-Fi and Internet access among them).
“When the VC Bird International Airport was originally constructed, Antigua and Barbuda proved that they were trendsetters in the Caribbean travel industry” observed a representative from UK travel operator Kenwood Travel. “By expanding and modernising the airport, they’ll be able to stay ahead and more easily cope with the healthy demand we’ve always seen for Kenwood Travel Antigua Holidays”.
Antiguan Tourism Minister John Maginley definitely feels that the industry has outgrown the present terminal, citing “six to seven jumbo jets on the tarmac at any given time” as a key blocker to future growth. And tourism is certainly growing: arrivals from the UK were up 11% this year and in the coming year, British Airways is set to increase flights out of Gatwick to Antigua to seven per week. Talks with Virgin Atlantic about a future plan for UK travel to Antigua were similarly enthusiastic. With the terminal set for completion by December 2013, Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry has some particularly bright days ahead.
Tourism is a hugely important industry for Antigua and Barbuda, with around sixty percent of the island’s GDP and 50% of employment being linked to the industry. Even among a wealth of fantastic destinations in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda have many unique gifts to offer. There are fantastic waters for sailing, scuba diving and countless other water-based pursuits; extensive, diverse and beautiful wildlife, and a fabulous beach for every day of the week (Antigua and Barbuda is sometimes known as “The Land of 365 Beaches”).
UK based travel operator Kenwood Travel have been offering tailor-made holidays to the customers at competitive prices for over thirty years. They are a fully bonded direct-sell tour operator with deals on Caribbean, North and Central American, Middle Eastern, North African and Far Eastern destinations.
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