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A cow may quicker fly over moon before BVI Airways flies- Hon Fahie

- All for improved airlift but not without transparency & accountability
Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, has said that based on reports, BVI Airways will need more money from the Government to fulfill its promise of direct flights between Beef Island and Miami. Photo: VINO/
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, has emerged as the chief lobbyist for BVI Airways, while strongly criticising locally owned VI Airlink for filing an objection to the application of BVI Airways. Right: Captain Neville C. Braithwaite Jr of VI Airlink. Photo: VINO/Facebook
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, has emerged as the chief lobbyist for BVI Airways, while strongly criticising locally owned VI Airlink for filing an objection to the application of BVI Airways. Right: Captain Neville C. Braithwaite Jr of VI Airlink. Photo: VINO/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following up on his statement made during Territory Day celebrations on June 30, 2017 in which he highlighted the need for airlift problems to be addressed without delay, Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has clarified that he holds to this statement but maintains that there must be transparency and accountability by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

Honourable Fahie, in a press release today, July 5, 2017, reminded that during the House of Assembly, Government has declined to answer numerous questions posed by the Opposition in relations to the BVI Airways project.

“My position, to date, remains the same solely because the government's approach in addressing the aforementioned issues remains the same. Am I for a credible solution to our airlift problems? Am I for a credible and cost effective extension of our runway? The answer is yes…” Hon Fahie firmly stated.

The Leader of the Opposition, explained that based on reports, BVI Airways will need more money from the Government to fulfill its promise of direct flights between Beef Island and Miami.

“Thus far, $7.2 million dollars have being paid outside the scheduled of payments in the contract for a plane to fly, but it seems as if a cow may quicker fly over the moon before this service starts but the $7.2 million dollars has already being paid with reports that alleged that significantly more monies from government will be needed.”

Irresponsible conduct

Further unleashing his whip, Hon Fahie commented that this is clearly an “irresponsible financial conduct” by the National Democratic Party (NDP) and he supports the improvements, but not in the manner in which the government is approaching the issue.

“Let me make it abundantly clear to the people of the Virgin Islands that thus far, this
government has spent $13.2 million cash dollars (not loans) but $13.2 million dollars of tax payers hard earn money stating that they are trying to address the issues in question where to date, a shovel of dirt has not been thrown to extend the airport but over $6 million dollars has gone through the door in consultancy.”

He continued, “I also clearly stated on numerous occasions the need to address, in a credible way, the airlift problems being faced in our Virgin Islands…”

No meaningful involvement of locals

In the meantime, the Opposition Leader, expressed his concerns about the level of local involvement in connection to the airlift deal between the BVI Airways and the BVI government.

“Again, -the contract that was signed- without any meaningful involvement of our people directly or indirectly although prior to the Government’s proposal, one of our local aviation companies attempted to get the NDP government’s support for the same service but with no success,” said Fahie.

The airline in question is VI Airlink, who Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) has publically lobbied against, in favour of a defunct and foreign BVI Airways.

In closing, Hon Fahie reassured the people of the Virgin Islands that he will remain consistent in developing the Territory “with the people, for the people and by the people.”

31 Responses to “A cow may quicker fly over moon before BVI Airways flies- Hon Fahie”

  • lawdy (05/07/2017, 15:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    is so bad it is???? lololol
  • Ah boy (05/07/2017, 15:38) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    our own local not being considered yet we are for the local........smh
  • offshorealert,com (05/07/2017, 15:39) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    The same man who said that bumble bee's will quicker fly out of north sound here predicting again?
    • @offshore (05/07/2017, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
      Yes, I remember that when the Seaplane terminal was being set up in North Sound. He got egg on his face then and will have it now. BVIA will fly.
      • To offshore alert (05/07/2017, 18:25) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
        When last a plane fly out of NorthSound? They started flying just to say they had a flight so they could say that Fahie was lying. Next thing no more flights up to now.
        • Air miles (05/07/2017, 21:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Planes fly out of North Sound during the tourist season, google Shoreline Aviation!!!
    • To offshorealert (05/07/2017, 18:35) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes he is and his prediction is once again accurate. Maybe if you had google the players involved in the deal rather than Fahie you could have help your ndp to avoid getting in bed with these crooks but crooks meet crooks.
  • My thought (05/07/2017, 16:07) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    this thing with bvi airways is not going to end well; the whole thing started out in the dark and will certainly end in the light. Stop abusing our hard earned tax dollars for self-interest advantage. Transparency is Key for Good Governance.
    • @my thought (05/07/2017, 16:41) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      You mean more like backroom deals between special interest and their interest, and now it firing back on their backside. If the pier park mess don't sink them, this would certainly do it. Too much secrecy again, surrounding this one and the people they dealing with ain't planning to play by their rules of engagement. We must to stop NDP from themselves, because they never seem to understand that these international players always come into a deal/contract low and raise high once the ink dries. The same will happen if we allow them to go forward with those Chinese on the airport expansion. We need a committee just to oversee every move they make with our tax dollars. They can't be trusted.

  • Welsah (05/07/2017, 16:59) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    B.We.I is quickly becoming another debtors country and we taxpayers have to end up paying for all of this mess.
  • Caution (05/07/2017, 17:14) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry to say, but my family and I will not be flying on an airline that is being allege to be underfunded. Short cuts in maintenance may possibly be done. My family and I will continue to use the ferry to st. thomas and fly out from there. Sorry.
  • wize up (05/07/2017, 17:34) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Fahie had the golden opportunity to bring an airline but did nothing: Air BVI been gone for so many years.....
    • TO WIZE UP (05/07/2017, 18:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Try talk things that are factual. Fahie was not the Minister over airlift.
      • wize up (05/07/2017, 21:38) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
        @ to wize up: agreeded but his group was the administion of the day yep the same administration when air BVI went belly up(so you stay there marginling all what you want): he had an opportunity to speak to his coligues on the subject(he did not had to be minister of the subject.....anyway to stay safe
        • TO WIZE UP (06/07/2017, 08:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Obviously you just hate Fahie. Also you do no proper research. Fahie was not elected when air Bvi was running nor was he elected when most of what you're talking about happened. Stop talking piddle.
          • Jooi (06/07/2017, 11:54) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
            People don't hurt you all head with this idiot from St. kitts calling himself wize up. He always gave the impression that he from here but the darn joker from St. kitts
  • chad (05/07/2017, 20:01) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    You know I know these local Bratwit young men who has this air line and we saw these these young men grew up here locally and fighting to be good citizens of this country and instead or our government at lease giving them a loan through government or helping them to get the finances needed the premier turned against them but look what happened they are still flying and those who you give the people's money to turn against you and they are blaming you now you know what taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill for law suits because u know it ain't finish there and the Bratwitt boys still flying we should be proud of those boys and also proud of all the poor people's children who will have to save this country from all the previlege ones that are taking advantage of us the hard working tax payers we can't buy toilet paper for the schools but we can give $7 plus million to people who don't pay taxes here but the day is here when you cause these pains to poor people u have to face the aftermath because none of us have body guards to escort us after we destroy the good living we the people of this country once had its a crime against humanity that these politicians caused to the people of these islands.
    • Smilee (06/07/2017, 10:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I like your comment, but you could at least put in a few full stops here and there. Well said, though.
    • Tim (06/07/2017, 10:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow, Please punctuate your writing. Have you forgotten how to use full stops etc.? By the time I was finished reading, I was out of breath.
  • AT Controller (05/07/2017, 20:45) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    How good is this Airline for the BVI anyway with only one flight on Saturday, one flight on Sunday and a restriction not to put more than 70 passengers on the 100 seater plane. What is the Airline doing Mon - Fri?????
  • Yes (05/07/2017, 20:47) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Can't wait to see the pics of Andrew on FlyBVI heading to Miami lol
  • Air miles (05/07/2017, 21:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Might fly other destination in the Caribbean, just watch! Liat has already pulled out of stx, stt and axa. Only a few routes liat making money on. So they can fill those slack spots liat stop flying.
  • Funny (05/07/2017, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Which Gov't will give a family own airline 24mill x2 to purchase two aircraft for who to run in the ground? How will govt get back their money when the industry get sour? The BVI Airways guys went to get two planes less than 24mill for both. People need to make sense of the current situation, Gov't did what is had to do... But I think they should get more money. $7.2 mill is not any money to pump in an airline, Gov't should also get minor shares at the end of the day.
  • yeah (05/07/2017, 21:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    In order for that plane to make any money on that flight to or from Miami the price will have to be over a $1000.00 which don't make any sense these planes don't run on water and they have staff to pay are you all taking any of this into consideration this is no major airline that's why they are looking for $50,000,000.00 from the government we've been sold like slaves again
  • ------------------- (06/07/2017, 00:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whether this plane fly or not this matter needs a full investigation
  • Political Observer (PO) (06/07/2017, 03:01) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    "More Money Needed – Cow may fly before BVI Airways." Pure hyperbole! Undoubtedly, there is something ominously wrong with the agreement between the BVI government and BVI Airways, a defunct and bankrupt airline ( grounded owing the BVIAA over $100K) that government fling $7.3M of taxpayers money at.

    The subsidy or loan was to strt direct flights between Miami and Beef Island. BVI Airways has acquired all the clearances from US authority to fly into and out Miami. However, now it is claiming that the BVI government is holding it up getting air borne. Is BVI Airways attempting to hold taxpayers hostage?

    The BVI government has engineered itself into a Hobson's choice situation, the choices are all unfavorable choices, i.e., forking out more of taxpayers money to BVI Airways, letting BVI Airways to walk away from the deal with $7.2M of taxpayers money.......etc. The government and BVI Airways are at loggerheads so what happens next? Have not seen any cows flying over the moon so the deal can come to fruition but for how long?
  • investigate (06/07/2017, 06:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's there cut.?..These big money don't pass so easily without cut backs... Same with the Generators...Its our own people FN us up big time...I support the English holding these critical positions.. The English knows what we the public don't... Let's the investigations start, continue, ...We need it..

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