Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has expressed heartfelt gratitude to the governments and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Cuba, the Republic of China on Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago for their generous contributions towards the construction of the Argyle International Airport (AIA).

Operations at the Argyle International Airport officially commenced on Tuesday February 14, 2017.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Prime Minister Gonsalves said that one third of the EC$700 million, it cost to build AIA, came from Venezuela.

Dr. Gonsalves thanked Taiwan which financed the construction of the terminal building, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, whose government under the late former Prime Minister Patrick Manning donated US$10 million to kick start construction of the airport.

He said photos of Patrick Manning, the late Cuban President Fidel Castro, and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, have been erected in the terminal building.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said a plaque recognizing the generous donation from Taiwan has been erected in the terminal building and he would like for the president or foreign minister of Taiwan to visit and erect a larger one.

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