Air travel between mainland Grenada and Carriacou and by extension Petite Martinique is set to improve following the signing of an air services contract with SVG Air.
Grenada’s Minister of Tourism, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, said the Grenada government had reached an agreement through SVG Air’s chief executive, Paul Gravel, on certain operating conditions for a twin otter, a 19-seater aircraft, to provide better service between mainland Grenada and Carriacou.
The Minister, speaking at today’s signing ceremony, said the Twin Otter has been cited as reliable in terms of safety and also due to its capacity, it will serve Grenada better when handled properly .
She notes that an added benefit is that the flight will improve communication between Grenada and St. Vincent.
The flight will depart in the morning – five days a week – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flight will begin on July 1. It leaves from St Vincent, stops in Carriacou then in Granada.
The last evening flight in the other direction will depart from Granada and offer passengers the option of flying to St Vincent. The Minister of Tourism said this adds another dimension to a person’s trip, as St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently opened an international airport and also offers people connectivity to other places.
The cost of the flight between Grenada and Carriacou will initially be subsidized by the Government of Grenada. The cost of SVG Air is $90 each way, however, the government has decided to subsidize $21 so that the flight or traveler cost is $69 each way (round trip).
There is a different fare for the Granada-St. Vincent route, which is USD 200 each way. It will not be subsidized by the government.
Grenada’s Minister of Tourism notes that the next step is to install landing lights in Carriacou so that flights can depart soon and enter later.
The contract that has been signed between the Government of Grenada and SVG Air is until June 30, 2024, two years initially, with the expectation that in two years time the government will regularly review a contract for a route that is very viable.
Commenting on the signing, SVG Air Managing Director Paul Gravel said that as the season approaches there are plans to offer not only Carriacou to Grenada but also Barbados and the Southern Grenadines to Carriacou and in Grenada.