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Are airport taxes going to increase?

Gov’t will determine the relevant taxes at the right time.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A decision will be taken on increasing passengers and airport taxes when Government is in possession of all relevant information pertaining to the expansion of the Territory’s main airport at Beef Island.

This is according to Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering at a meeting held on March 29, 2012 at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in response to a question posed by a resident as to whether or not there will be “a great impact on taxes” when the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport is extended.

“Right now the BVI has one of the highest taxes for passengers outbound and inbound in comparison to some surrounding countries…the taxes are fairly high at this time. Would there be a great impact on the taxes?” the resident inquired.

To this end, Hon. Pickering stated that those are resolutions the Government would have to make. “…decisions will be taken when all the relevant information is available to Government of the day,” he added.

Furthermore, the hangers, which will be moved in one of the expansion phases, will have to be ironed out in detail, Hon. Pickering said.

“No formal design has been undertaken as yet because all of those issues depend on the environmental impact assessment,” he stressed.

The Ministry held two town hall meetings to get the feedback of the pending airport expansion and according Hon. Pickering a decision has already been made to go forward with the project.

He had also disclosed that his Government has two options in mind, but it is leaning toward option six.

Option six, which will cost Government an estimated $38M, is expected to have the runway extended to some 7,000 feet from 4,000 plus feet, and accommodate AB 390, 320 and the Embrea 190. This option will also reduce the environmental impact, which would save the salt ponds and beach, reduce crosswinds, and accommodate code C and D aircrafts.

However, the disadvantages include higher weather minimums- meaning jets would have to use a height of about 1,290 feet and the runway must be visual, as well as the circling approach. The concerns are that future widening will have an environmental impact on Trellis Bay and salt ponds.

7 Responses to “Are airport taxes going to increase? ”

  • Well Sah (02/04/2012, 08:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More taxes in this hard time..lawd send help. If deman is there they will come anywhere.
  • Small Head (02/04/2012, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jeez um bread man tis seems like the NDP going balance the budget on the backs of the poor by always looking for a tax to raise
  • faith of our fathers (02/04/2012, 10:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they increas I will have to keep taking road town fast freey deman
  • taxpayer (02/04/2012, 13:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pickering, please visit St Lucia's big international airport which was built specifically for the type of traffic you invisage and continue to speak about in relation to our new airport. It would be sad if we ended up with the same situation. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    • Well Sah (03/04/2012, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      St Lucia big airport runways wasn't built by the St Lucian gov't. That runway was built by the U.S. airforce when they had a base on that island meh son
      • taxpayer (03/04/2012, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The US Airforce did not build a commercial facility. It was the St. Lucians who converted it and upgraded it to what it is today. The fact of the matter is, the facility is a white elephant just like what Beef Island will be after spending $100,000,000 dollars But again it will not happen so why worry.
  • liat (02/04/2012, 23:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's just get on with the airport people.

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