Construction is on schedule at the $240 million Argyle Airport on St. Vincent in the Grenadines, according to Glen Beache, CEO of the SVG Tourism Authority.

The airport is scheduled to open in 2013, replacing E.T. Joshua Airport. The runway at Argyle will be able to accommodate Boeing 747s.

More than 65% of the runway is complete, and construction of a three-story passenger terminal will begin shortly.

The new terminal will be able to handle 1.4 million passengers per year, five times the number that annually pass through the existing airport.

Hotel development is under way in preparation for the airport’s opening, said Beache.

Harlequin Hotels & Resorts' 1,000-room Buccament Bay Resort on St. Vincent will be a 30-minute drive from the new airport. Buccament Bay plans to open its first 100 rooms this spring.

Investors at the Canouan Resort at Carenage Bay (formerly a Raffles resort) plan to pump $100 million into the property over the next three years. Development plans include a boutique luxury hotel and marina within the 1,200-acre site.

The Bequia Beach Hotel on Bequia in the Grenadines is doubling in size with 30 new rooms by year’s end.

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