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The Caribbean opens up
Antigua's revamped V.C. Bird International Airport
The twin island nation of Antigua and Barbados inaugurated a new passenger terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport in August. The US$97-million facility will serve as the gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. The terminal features 14 gates and four loading bridges. There are 46 check-in counters, 15 self-check-in kiosks, more immigration and security positions, and a modernized baggage-handling system. The departure lounge features free Wi-Fi, but there are less than a dozen power outlets for recharging. The terminal can handle 1800 passengers an hour —authorities hope to attract three million passengers annually by 2030, up from 860,000 at the old terminal. vcbia.com.
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