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‘It must be the money’ - Hon Fahie on BVI Airways flight hiccups

All hell broke loose recently when Miami international Airport announced that BVI Airways will commence direct flights on July 22, 2017. The flag carrier then fired off saying not so fast and accused the Miami International Airport of jumping the gun. Photo: gobvi.com
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Leader of the Opposition, is very positive that money is one of the main challenges the Territory’s flag carrier, BVI Airways, is experiencing and which is hampering their efforts at direct flights from Miami, USA to Beef Island, Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Leader of the Opposition, is very positive that money is one of the main challenges the Territory’s flag carrier, BVI Airways, is experiencing and which is hampering their efforts at direct flights from Miami, USA to Beef Island, Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Leader of the opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is very positive that one of the main challenges the Territory’s flag carrier, BVI Airways, is experiencing and which is hampering their efforts at direct flights from Miami, USA to Beef Island, Virgin Islands is the want of more money, but from who remains the big question.

Appearing on the Speak Out BVI talk show on ZBVI 780 AM radio last night July 11, 2017 Hon Fahie, while addressing concerns about the tourism industry and some of the key needed components to keep the wheels of the territory turning, made an emphatic statement.

"I have no doubt in my mind that one of the holdups they have, must be money. I look out to hear something along those lines in the not too far distance future," Hon Fahie said to listeners and substitute host Mr Natilio Wheatley aka Sowande Hururu, President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) of which Hon Fahie is Chairman.

NDP Gov't gets tough on BVI Airways

All hell broke loose recently when recently Miami International Airport announced that BVI Airways will commence flight on July 22 of this year. The flag carrier then fired off saying not so fast and accused the Maimi International Airport of jumping the gun.

BVI Airways then went on to throw blame at the feet of the Government of the Virgin Islands led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) claiming they were the ones responsible for their setbacks in the first place.

Premier Smith was not going to have it left so and fired back, telling BVI Airways to get flying because the NDP administration fulfilled its financial obligation to them with the full disbursement of a $7M subsidy.

Subsequently, Honourable Fahie, who has always been critical of the BVI Airways deal and the proposed expansion of the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport runway, was accused in sections of the media of flip flopping on his position.

Concerns

Last night he reiterated, "I have nothing against the direct flights to Miami. I think it's a good initiative but I always have concerns with how it is being done, I have concerns with how the contract is structured, I have concerns because if the public can get a hold on the agreement and read it I don't think that anyone out there in their right mind would not have concerns."

"But one of the concerns I have is the way it is structured. The question I have is even if it flies would it be sustainable based on what I am reading in the agreement."

21 Responses to “‘It must be the money’ - Hon Fahie on BVI Airways flight hiccups”

  • cay (12/07/2017, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    they need more millions and million where is Quto
  • please (12/07/2017, 10:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isnt the real truth that because they didn't know when they would get the approval they picked up some charter work and the planes are committed to flying within the Caribbean till September.
  • he right (12/07/2017, 10:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have no hold on the planes or the operations.
  • Brain Dead (12/07/2017, 12:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone explain something to me? I have never really understood this direct flight to Miami thing, or the expansion of the Airport as well. It seems to me that the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are the North East i.e. New York, Philadelphia, etc., the Midwest i.e. Chicago, Dallas, and they the West Coast. So the majority of fliers still have to get to Miami, and then a direct flight to BVI. What is different about that then flying from any major city in the US direct to SJU and then small commuter plane over to the BVI? And personally I would much prefer the SJU Airport over Miami any day to change planes. What am I missing?
    • Simple - 2 C's (12/07/2017, 12:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Cost & convenience.
      • Brain Dead (12/07/2017, 16:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Simple- 2 C's So are you saying it is more convenient to change plans in Miami than San Juan? Is it Miami International we are talking about? :) And for cost, while I agree the commute here these days from San Juan is a bit much, it would appear that a lot of that cost is in government taxes, like departure tax, but even still I will bet the cost will end up being greater if it ever happens.
    • @ Brain Dead (12/07/2017, 12:38) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Cost, the cost of the flights from EIS - Sju make the tickets very expensive. Back in the day when American Eagle flew the route the cost was marginally more but now it is way over priced
      • Inter caribbean Airways (13/07/2017, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You obviously haven't been checking recently. Prices have dropped as low as $79.00 to San Juan now. Check www.intercaribbean.com
    • Missy (12/07/2017, 13:15) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      You are missing consideration of the travelers who come to the VI through St Thomas USVI and a unreliable ferry. The Miami route to Beef Island will shorten this sojourn by approximately 2 hours and eliminate inconveniences with luggage and booking. If you have never flown into the VI via STT, you wouldn't understand.
      • Stats (12/07/2017, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Cayman Airline and WinAir are the ONLY two carriers almost free of debt! Additionally in the acaymans they are connecting to the West Coast with their fleet of planes and down to O
        Honduras (Roatan) - both smart and profitable routes. We are chasing a losing pipe-dream thinking that this will increase airlift. But for whom will it benefit since the tens of millions pumped into regional carriers by governments across the region have fallen flat and are indebted. So in the off-season whom will fill the seats of these old, high cost to maintain flights? I see that they can/may save some costs by refueling in MIA vs locally (SOL). Apart from that; will be cost prohibitive for majority of income earners especially when factoring in more than one person (family) flying in/out. The novelty will wear off quickly once sticker shock of prices are reflected and costs increase. IMO
      • layover (17/07/2017, 05:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        They're going to have two flights a week. Try waiting three days for a connection.
    • @ Brain Dead (12/07/2017, 13:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Sense...You have made the most sense on this subject...So I have to agree with you that our leaders are brain dead...
  • Windy (12/07/2017, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    has the cows fly over the moon yet?
  • voter (12/07/2017, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    "I have no doubt in my mind that one of the holdups they have, must be money". Mr.Fahie, with all due respect your choice of words ( "must be money" rather than " is money") suggest very strongly that you are in fact merely speculating. Surely if you or any other knew for sure you would have been spitting facts. It is sad to see trusted leaders dividing the electorate on mere speculation. Come on!, be bigger than that.
    • @voter (12/07/2017, 15:14) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Try talk sense. What else can Hon. Fahie or any of us do but speculate because the Premier continues to refuse to answer questions in the House of Assembly on the airlines. So try get your information straight.
  • Sawda (12/07/2017, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Miami BVI flight is a game..Weeks ago the airline was waiting FAA approval only..Now because government can't afford 5 million more t that they requested ,the government now is face with the problem..Those gangsters was so smart when they name the airline with the BVI name,now the Premier is now saying the BVI is and stake with the name..Mr Premier is now preparing to dump another 5 million to save face.I cry for our country,stay tune for another episode of the Airline movie..
  • full circle (12/07/2017, 23:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not even the 7 million dollars car can save you from the voters next elections


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