BVI Airways Ad @ RT Ferry Terminal a slap in the face- Ferry Operator
In 2014 the same BVI Airways pulled out of the VI, owing the BVI Airports Authority close to $100,000 in airport fees, as told to the public by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Smith in an answer to a question in Parliament.
Recently, Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) told the House of Assembly that he has information that BVI Airways also owes money to other Caribbean islands.
Within the past week, BVI Airways has been back and forth with a local carrier VI Airlink over an objection it filed to its application with the United States Department of Transportation. Both sides continue to trade barbs via public statements and reaction to the other.
Ad! Arriving soon!
Well BVI Airways is now advertising its services at the Road Town Ferry Terminal. It did not advise the public on its start date, but promised “convenient, comfortable and incomparable” service. It also promised that it will be “arriving soon.”
‘Direct slap in face’ of local ferry operators
Meanwhile, one of the ferry operators who chose to remain anonymous over concerns of possible victimisation by the National Democratic Party Government was not pleased about the BVI Airways advertisement placed at the ferry terminal.
“We consider that a direct slap in the face because they don’t advertise the ferry service up at the airport so why advertise that they running direct service from Miami…is like a direct saying don’t use the ferry service, use this.”
The ferry operator further said he feels that locals are neglected in their own country while Government seeks to help others “unknown.”
“That is how we view it. To me that is like a direct slap in the face of the ferry services because we been running here throughout all the years. We try our best to rather invest in others unknown rather than invest in their own. That is how we look at it because the ferry company belongs to locals. That airline don’t belong to no local. You see once you local you don’t deserve any help. That is the trouble, that is what we see it as, the plight of the locals.”
Another ferry operator said he saw the ad but declined to offer any comment on it.