BVI Airways denies date for service start

BVI Airways has indicated that the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, which operates Miami airport, “jumped the gun” when it announced that the airline would begin services there on 22 July. The MDAP had announced that BVI Airways would operate two weekly roundtrips between Tortola and Miami, on Saturdays and Sundays. The airline stated that while they had discussed start dates with the airport, no final decision has yet been made. BVI Airways received authorization to fly to Miami in mid-May. In early June, this was extended to also cover flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The airline stated that flights would begin “as soon as all outstanding obligations and matters between the parties have been resolved.” The Premier and Finance Minister of the British Virgin Islands, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith, took umbrage at this oblique criticism, stating that “[t]he Government has fully discharged its responsibility to BVI Airways by providing seven million dollars as a subsidy, in keeping with the terms of the agreement,” and adding that “[t]he Government therefore hopes that BVI Airways will begin flights without any further delay.” BVI Airways has two Avro RJ100s. VP-LWW (msn E3274) is currently at Fort Lauderdale, following the end of its lease to Haiti’s Sunrise Airways, while VP-LOS (msn E3282) is at Summerside.

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