Venezuelan airline. Conviasa’s inaugural commercial flight to St. Vincent and the Grenadines this week marks an important milestone in connecting Latin America with the rest of the Caribbean.
So said Raúl Li Causi, Vice Minister for the Caribbean at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the signing ceremony of the agreement. hospitality and air service on Tuesday, April 26.
“It’s actually a cheap flight that allows us in Venezuela to get to a world-class destination like St. Vincent and the Grenadines at a very affordable price, and it will also give the opportunity to the people of St. -Vincent, not only to go to Venezuela and… all the potentialities that our country has to offer, but also to connect to the world,” Li Causi said.
Conviasa Airlines landed at Argyle International Airport (AIA) after noon on Tuesday. Among the passengers on board was Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who was returning from the South American country after visiting a doctor there in mid-April.
The airline’s arrival was greeted with a dance presentation by dance company La Gracia on the airport tarmac to welcome passengers to the state.
Li Causi, who is also president of ALBA bank, said the fight will give Venezuelans the opportunity to use AIA as a hub to connect with the north of the continent and Europe.
And likewise, it will also give Vincentians a chance to connect with Cuba and Latin American countries.
“Things that seem very expensive to do, things that seem very difficult to do right now, are going to be possible with this flight,” he said, adding that the introduction of this route is part of ongoing efforts. of the Venezuelan government to interconnect. Latin American countries with the Caribbean.
“That’s why this is an important step. We can’t see it as something isolating, we can’t see it as just a regular flight between Venezuela and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is a connection between Latin America and the Caribbean, as has been the dream of our leaders,” said Li Causi.
Deputy Minister of Air Transport and President of Conviasa Airlines Ramón Celestino Velázquez, in his remarks on Tuesday, noted that the airline will fly direct to SVG weekly on Saturdays.
Velázquez said the airline was established in 2004 by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and has since seen steady expansion.
With this direct weekly flight, SVG becomes the airline’s 14th destination.
“In just 1h15, passengers can be in Caracas or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in a very short and very comfortable flight. Our airline offers the possibility to passengers from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, to travel to Central America, America and Europe and also gives the possibility to passengers from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to travel to Caracas then in Europe, soon to be Qatar, Africa and other countries,” said the president of the airline.
He added that once the flight reaches 80% capacity, another frequent flight will be added, increasing trips from Venezuela to SVG to twice a week.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Doha, Qatar, and Conviasa is expected to fly to the destination.
Prime Minister Gonsalves said: “I’m absolutely sure that a number of football fans will take Conviasa from Argyle to Caracas and then to Doha in Qatar during the World Cup.”
Commenting on the price of flying from Conviasa, he said it would probably be cheaper to fly that route during the World Cup.
He also noted that, “If you can get a flight in today’s world from Argyle to Caracas round trip for about US$300, I say we’re doing just fine.”
Gonsalves told those present on Tuesday that the AIA would not have been possible without the help of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
He said, “We are forever grateful to those who helped us achieve this impossible dream.”