Pearls Airport

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Pearls Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Grenada Airports Authority
Location Grenville, Grenada
Coordinates 12°08′37″N 061°37′00″W / 12.14361°N 61.61667°W / 12.14361; -61.61667Coordinates: 12°08′37″N 061°37′00″W / 12.14361°N 61.61667°W / 12.14361; -61.61667
Map
TGPG is located in Grenada
TGPG
TGPG
Location in Grenada
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
na/ 1,570 5,151 n/a

Pearls Airport (ICAO: TGPG[1]) was Grenada's first airport, opened in 1943 located at the North Eastern Corner of the island of Grenada, 19 miles north-east of its main town St. George's (12 degrees 09 minutes North, 61 degrees 37 minutes West) with a runway set at a direction 082 degrees/262 degrees and 5,200 feet long.[2] It was under the management of the Grenada Airports Authority. Pan American Airways did not operate in the Windward Islands, because of an excluding agreement made by the British Government to protect British West Indian Airways, this meant the airport was not in daily operation.[3] In 25 October 1983, Marines from the 8th Marine Regiment landed nearby by helicopter and captured Pearls Airport during the invasion of Grenada, meeting only light resistance. In 1984 it was replaced as Grenada's main airport by the Point Salines International Airport now called Maurice Bishop International Airport. It is now a construction site and go-kart track. There is a derelict Cubana airliner still in position by the runway.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for TGPG at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Anuario Comercial de Las Antillas Y Países Del Caribe, Thomas Skinner Directories Caribook Limited, 1965
  3. ^ Maurice Bishop International Airport - About Us
  4. ^ Aerial photo showing Cubana Airlines aircraft next to runway

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