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Issue with recently sourced fire tender forces closure of VG airport

- airport closed 'until further notice'
The Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda was closed on August 12, 2019 'until further notice'. Photo: BVIAA/File
The Taddy Bay Airport was previously closed on April 22, 2019 and reopened for business on November 2, 2018 due to the absence of a working Crash Fire Tender and the need to repair the landing strip. Photo: VINO/File
The Taddy Bay Airport was previously closed on April 22, 2019 and reopened for business on November 2, 2018 due to the absence of a working Crash Fire Tender and the need to repair the landing strip. Photo: VINO/File
According to the BVI Airports Authority, through the Premier’s Office on August 12, 2019, the closure was due to an operational issue with the rescue and fire-fighting services vehicle. The said vehicle came into operation in November 2018. Photo: BVIAA/File
According to the BVI Airports Authority, through the Premier’s Office on August 12, 2019, the closure was due to an operational issue with the rescue and fire-fighting services vehicle. The said vehicle came into operation in November 2018. Photo: BVIAA/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda has been closed “until further notice”.

According to the BVI Airports Authority, through the Premier’s Office on August 12, 2019, the closure was due to an operational issue with the rescue and fire-fighting services vehicle.

The said vehicle came into operation in November 2018.

“All efforts are being made to rectify the problem and to ensure that air service to the airport is resumed as soon as possible,” according to the press bulletin released around 4:12pm yesterday.

It said persons travelling to and from Virgin Gorda by air are encouraged to contact their airline representatives for alternate arrangements.

“The BVI Airports Authority apologises for any inconvenience caused due to the closure of the airport and thanks the travelling public for its indulgence as it seeks to ensure that safety is maintained at all times.”

‘Until further notice’

However, it is the “until further notice” that has persons concerned with this most recent closure.

“Any sort of timeline would be most helpful for our visiting guests and residents. Days? Weeks? Months?” Christi Maddox wrote on the Facebook page, Virgin Gorda Community Board.

AJ Syrett said it was very frustrating the last time it was closed for more than 6 months.”

The airport was previously closed on April 22, 2019 and reopened for business on November 2, 2018 due to the absence of a working Crash Fire Tender and the need to repair the landing strip.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Acting Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIPA), Mr Coy W. Levons for a comment were unsuccessful up to time of publication.

5 Responses to “Issue with recently sourced fire tender forces closure of VG airport”

  • qc (13/08/2019, 15:22) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    hope its not something left over by the NDP
  • HuuuuH (14/08/2019, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But they just bought that thing for over $400,000.00 and it Wha already? Wait something wrong here. Very wrong. How much was really spent on this truck after the Government give over $400,000.00 to buy this thing a few months ago? They were building a wooden fire station for this truck that cost over $200,000.00 and it still not finish, well sheep and birds using it for shelter. Something seriously wrong and the Premier need to investigate this. Sounds like somebody skimming a few off the top.
  • rasta (14/08/2019, 20:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Levons retired yesterday Tuesday with immediate effect
    • sample (14/08/2019, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Breaking news Coy Levons resign with immediate effect Tuesday August 13th 2019,sorry to say but he gone from bvi airport.


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