J.F. MITCHELL AIRPORT, BEQUIA
The J. F. Mitchell Airport is the third largest airport by land area in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), after Argyle International Airport and Canouan Airport. The airport was named after a former Prime Minister of SVG.
The airport caters to chartered flights, as well as small private jets aircraft. Like most Caribbean airports, there are no jet bridges, so all passengers exiting and entering the plane via air stairs.
The passenger terminal is a single-story building consisting of check-in desks, departure lounge and baggage handling areas as well as customs and immigration facilities. The control tower is integrated into the terminal building.
J.F. Mitchell Airport falls under category three (3) of the Aerodrome Category (ICAO Index). This airport also also handles multiple charter international flights during the Bequia Music Festival and Bequia Easter Regatta seasons. Bequia Music Fest, is a four-day event with a wide range of international, regional and local artistes of all musical genres coming together to bring a feast of entertainment to the islands’ and nations’ residents and visitors alike. The Bequia Easter Regatta, which continues to grow every year, highlights a unique blend of local boat racing, yacht racing, all-inclusive parties and shear Bequia hospitality.
Canouan Airport is a small but bustling one that plays an important role in the growing economy of Canouan. Luxury tourism and real-estate contribute significantly to the island’s economy and Canouan is popular with private jet travellers around the world.
Aside from facilitating regular passenger flights, the airport is also open for international corporate jet operations and charter flights. Canouan Airport was the main business aviation airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before the opening of Argyle International Airport. The terminal has a CIP (Commercially Important People) lounge and other facilities for international passengers and a domestic hub for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the second largest airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after Argyle International Airport.
The airport is built in traditional Grenadines style with an open-air terminal with roof covered in cane palm fronds, with wooden walls and columns made of eucalyptus logs. The terminal architecture is based on the Native indigenous people of the Caribbean Tainos and Arawak structures, giving passengers a paradise feeling.
Canouan Island has positioned itself at the epicenter of a new tourism attraction for the entire region and is now a popular private jet destination for those transferring to yachts.
UNION ISLAND AIRPORT
The Union Island Airport it is located about 0.25 miles from the town of Clifton, one of the island’s main tourist centres and a major destination for charter leisure flights during the winter holiday season and Easter, for “Easterval” celebration.
Union Island Airport, which was constructed in 1994, operates as a major gateway to the southern Grenadines with connections from Clifton Harbour via water taxis or charter yachts to Mayreau and the National Marine Park of the Tobago Cays, and private boat transfers to the exclusive luxury island retreats on Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent (PSV).
Mustique Airport is the oldest continuously operated airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the closure of E. T. Joshua Airport and the only privately owned airport in the country.