Premier fights local company VI Airlink; Letter to US unearthed
Our newsroom advised readers this week in an article dated March 16, 2017 that Premier Smith was actively lobbying the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) on behalf of BVI Airways, a foreign company, in which his government pumped some $7Million of taxpayers funds into, but refused to help the local VI Airlink who had proposed to do the same thing- direct flights from Miami, Florida to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.
Premier Smith- Foreign comes first
Local co-owner of VI Airlink Neville C. Braithwaite Jr, spoke out against the Premier’s action and also wrote to the DoT, along with InterCaribbean Airways, with an objection to BVI Airways application.
Mr Braithwaite told our newsroom that with the $7M start-up funds given to BVI Airways they could run other local carriers out of business.
Many residents, while agreeing for the need for better airlift, were surprised that Premier Smith would so actively lobby both publicly and in writing against a local business.
Well our usual National Democratic Party sources have provided us with a copy of the letter the Leader of Government Business wrote to Mr Brian J. Hedberg of the US DoT, dated March 8, 2017.
See below for copy of leaked letter: