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BVI Airways takes VI’s Carifta team to Curacao

- sets new start date for direct flights from Miami to Beef Island
BVI Airways made its first official passenger flight out of the Virgin Islands (UK) today April 13, 2017 although not to the US mainland. The airline took some seventy (70) passengers, including the Virgin Islands athletics team, to Curacao where the 2017 Carifta Games is being held. Photo: Provided
Persons are given tour of one of the BVI Airways aircrafts at Beef Island on April 12, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Persons are given tour of one of the BVI Airways aircrafts at Beef Island on April 12, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
BEEF ISLAND, Tortola, VI – Today April 13, 2017 BVI Airways made its first official passenger flight out of the Virgin Islands (UK), although not to the US mainland.

The controversial airline, which has come under further criticism after one of its representatives barred a local reporter from attending a public event on April 12, 2017, took some seventy (70) passengers, including a local athletics team, supporters and persons from the sister territory, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) to Curacao where the 2017 Carifta Games is being held.

BVI Airways Director of Flight Operations, Bradley Goggin, had told selected media houses at its Open House that the company would be using one of its two 97-seat aircrafts to fly members of the BVI Athletics Association to the Carifta Games in Curacao, making its debut official passenger flight out of the Terrence B. Lettsome International airport.

“We will be flying the BVI athletics teams, the coaches, supporters and a few persons coming from US Virgin Islands and we are so excited. Also we will have one of the BVI’s top athletes on board (Kyron McMaster) and I am so excited to meet him and having the entire team with us on this first flight.”

Mr Goggin could not say, however, when their next intra-Caribbean flight will be despite the fact that they were granted their license since January 2017 permitting them to fly intra- Caribbean.

Controversial bailout deal/June new start date

The omen around the BVI Airline has not been a good one since Government announced plugging some $7 million into the carrier, which had abruptly pulled out of the VI in 2014 citing financial challenges and had left owing the BVI Airports Authority some $100,000.

Government has said investing in BVI Airways is necessary to ensure direct flights from Miami to Beef Island.

The decision to invest in a defunct airline that owes the BVI Airports Authority money has led to hot debates at all levels, on news sites, in newspapers, in the House of Assembly, among Government representatives and the most recent VI AirLink and InterCaribbean, who are being accused of attempting to flop BVI Airways by filing a petition against them.

Further, three start dates as announced by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) have been missed.

But as the airline awaits permission from the US Department of Transportation to begin direct flights from Miami, they remain optimistic that they would now be able to start by Mid-June.

“We are still awaiting permission form the US Department of transport but we remain optimistic that will happen very soon because the docket is currently with the Department of Transport in the US. Hoping to get that stamped by the end of the month,” said Goggin.

27 Responses to “BVI Airways takes VI’s Carifta team to Curacao”

  • facts (13/04/2017, 17:13) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where there is suppression or no freedom of the press- there lies corruption.
  • Yes (13/04/2017, 17:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    well we can't say they have not fly LOL
  • ... (13/04/2017, 18:08) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    good luck to all
  • Just Me (13/04/2017, 19:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Safe travels
  • wize up (13/04/2017, 19:43) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    not many countries can do that: BVI Athletes arriving on the "National Airlines"....
    • @:wuz up (13/04/2017, 21:02) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
      National airline please more like national scadale
      • Yes (14/04/2017, 00:04) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
        Face it, call it what it is! BVI Airways, scandal or not... you still have to calls it name! Say it with me... BVI Airways! National flag carrier... boom!
      • wize up (14/04/2017, 07:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ @ wize up: I hear you but your tax money in those planes so enjoy it although you & me have some serious issues with the process what can we do other than give ourselves high blood pressure: I not getting blood pressure.....
  • Whiz (14/04/2017, 02:40) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Who is footing the bill for that flight to Curaçao? How much is it costing government for the athletes trip? Mr. Primier no more secrets with taxpayers dollars.
    • chad (14/04/2017, 09:04) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Athletes flying all over thr globe for years and only now you see fit to ask that?
      • wize up (14/04/2017, 18:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ WoW: Whiz is a paid VIP blogger: because those athletes are our children; we already paid for the aircraft so why can't a few more dollars be spent of our young people
  • TrooperRat (14/04/2017, 06:45) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Keep athletics out the politics. Myron a$$ never show up to a track meet all year now posing.
    • wize up (15/04/2017, 06:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ trooper rat: the man is the education minister who you wanted to be there the minster for heath: VINO was there !!!!!
  • Turbo Prop (14/04/2017, 07:58) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    A $7 Million charter flight, our tax dollars at work...It's a good look though......
  • sense (14/04/2017, 10:24) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    They have been travelling and tax payers have been paying. Use common sense, it was never done with an airline that is in conflict with our local carrier. Some of you are fooled too easily. The people of this country were never beggars waiting for handout. That is now the problem as some of you are now in the waiting for handout category.
    • lmao (14/04/2017, 11:00) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      What conflict? ALL commercial airlines flying out of BVI have received MILLIONS from Government and all of them arent local airlines. You all keep digging for something negative about the airline and for what?
  • Thinking outside the box. (14/04/2017, 13:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a good look. Like I said in a comment sometimes back. People going to talk and hate what NDP dose but when it turns out to be beneficial we all appreciate and enjoy! haters and followers.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (14/04/2017, 14:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe that if the Government is using taxpayers monies to fund a private entity that has zero BVI shareholders then the taxpayers deserve the right to question the deal. Sure you can say the economy might benefit from the increased airlift but the ultimate beneficiaries will be the shareholders of this company. So it begs the question. Who are the shareholders? Why is the Government investing startup capital in an airline that is BVI by name alone? Should the Government not first allow this airline to invest its own start up capital and prove its viability and then consider providing a MRG or other concessions? Why is it that an agreement was made with this company exempting them of landing fees, navigation charges, overflight charges, storage fees, service fees, parking fees?

    The deal was poorly executed in favor of BVI Airways but we the people now have to live with it and hope for the best. Sounds familiar?
    • Response (15/04/2017, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, your negativity sounds familiar.
      • voiceofthevoiceless (15/04/2017, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes. The result will be all too familiar. Those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past will be doomed to repeat them over and over again. More taxes on the people to cover for the mistakes of the Government of the day.

        All the best to the Carifta Team!
  • island man (14/04/2017, 16:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good going, the BVI is showing some positives that outshines the negatives.
  • One like that crash with a whole team (14/04/2017, 18:37) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why type of aircraft is this?
    • GOD IS IN CONTROL (17/04/2017, 03:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      that's the best that comes out of your mouth it is so sad people like you dont pick an choose your words god is in control and god will take them to the games safe and will give them a safe secure and comfortable flight back
  • Hmmm (15/04/2017, 08:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • NHI (15/04/2017, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kedrick / NDP. work on that airport expansion like 911 around the clock and bring in who you have to bring in to make it work fast but don't give it to the local because all they do is give us potholes small, big and large holes. We don't want the wheels of our $7 million dollar plane broke off. Governor Mapp don't want it to happen because he is getting a whole lot of money from us here in the BVI coming to St.Thomas. Progress got to go on with us or else we will get leave behind. Don't be greedy Governor Mapp the time has come now for the pie to be shared.

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