E. T. Joshua Airport

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E.T. Joshua Airport (decommissioned)
St. Vincent, Karibik - E.T. Joshua Airport in Kingstown - panoramio.jpg
Summary
Airport typeDefunct
ServesArnos Vale
LocationKingstown
Elevation AMSL66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates13°08′40″N 061°12′39″W / 13.14444°N 61.21083°W / 13.14444; -61.21083Coordinates: 13°08′40″N 061°12′39″W / 13.14444°N 61.21083°W / 13.14444; -61.21083
Map
TVSV is located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
TVSV
TVSV
Location in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,401 4,596 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

E.T. Joshua Airport (ICAO: TVSV), formerly known as Arnos Vale Airport, is a decommissioned airport located in Arnos Vale, near Kingstown, on Saint Vincent island. The airport was named for Ebenezer Theodore Joshua, the first chief minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Airport was a hub for Grenadine Airways, Mustique Airways and S.V.G. Air.

The airport formerly housed the St. Vincent Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.[2]

Saint Vincent's Argyle International Airport opened on 14 February 2017,[3] and replaced [4] the E.T. Joshua Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger Airlines[edit]

All flights transfer to Argyle International Airport

Cargo Airlines[edit]

All flights transfer to Argyle International Airport

Closure plans[edit]

The Government planned to close the airport to make room for a new city at Arnos Vale.

On September 14, 2020, Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves, in a Facebook post, provided an update on the conversion of the old ET Joshua Airport terminal building to a “modern retail and entertainment plaza”, known as “The Joshua Centre”.

The project is the brainchild of the National Properties Ltd, a state-owned company which has custody of the building and the grounds surrounding it.

The shopping centre is expected to be completed in March 2021.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • LIAT Flight 319:[5] On 4 August 1986, a LIAT de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed into the Caribbean Sea. The aircraft was en route between St. Lucia and St. Vincent when it crashed due to poor weather conditions, while on approach. After a full day's search failed to find a trace of the Twin Otter, all of the 11 passengers and two crew were presumed dead.[6]
  • 19 November 2006 – SVG Air Aero Commander 500S, on a flight from Canouan to St. Vincent, was over the western end of Bequia on its final approach to St. Vincent when it vanished. There was no distress call. Wreckage was found in the sea. The pilot and single passenger are presumed dead.[7]
  • 5 August 2010 – SVG Air Aircraft on a flight from St. Vincent to Canouan crashed off Canouan with only the pilot on board. Wreckage from the plane was pulled from the site. Coast Guard Commander Brenton Cain told a news conference that debris had also been found 7.5 nautical miles off the island of Mustique, but the pilot was never found.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport information for TVSV". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ "St. Vincent Outstation." Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 23 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Argyle International Airport to open February 14". Antigua Observer Newspaper. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Group, Travelweek (24 January 2017). "Feb. 14 designated as opening day of SVG's long-awaited airport - Travelweek". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ Ashford Daniel (3 August 2011). "Remembering LIAT flight 319".
  6. ^ Harro Ranter (4 August 1986). "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 310 V2-LCJ Saint Vincent-Arnos Vale Airport (SVD)". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  7. ^ "SVG Air crash update: Aerial search called off; airline offers reward". Searchlight Newspaper. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Search still On For Missing St Vincent Pilot". Jamaica-Gleaner.com. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2018.