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TB Lettsome Airport opens for commercial flights

- Hours of flight operation will be from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
The BVI Airports Authority is advising travelers to arrive at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport at least three hours prior to departure time. Photo: VINO
BEEF ISLAND, VI- In what has been considered a major step for the Virgin Islands (UK) following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport reopened for commercial flights on Monday October 2, 2017.

Prior to its reopening, the airport was being used strictly to evacuate persons via charter jets and to bring in relief supplies. Liat was also among the airlines honouring tickets for persons booked to depart the Virgin Islands even before hurricanes Irma and Maria.

According to the Department of Disaster Management, carriers that are resuming commercial operation to Tortola include Cape Air, which operated its first flight out of the airport to San Juan on Monday morning, October 2, 2017 and regional carrier LIAT, which was operating flights from the Eastern Caribbean.

Another important carrier for the territory, Seaborne, will be relaunching its San Juan-Tortola flights on October 11, 2017 according to the company’s Web site.

Hours of flight operation at the airport will be from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Airport sustained severe damage

Operations had been restricted to humanitarian, relief and evacuation flights only after the airport had sustained “severe damage,” Mr Denniston S. Fraser, managing director of the BVI Airports Authority, said.

As a result, repair work had to be undertaken to rectify the issues and meet the standards of Air Safety Support International.

“Major concerns for ASSI were having competent staff in place, addressing issues with the fence, ensuring that equipment, control tower equipment and generators’ are in a reliable position so that the Airport can function properly,” Fraser added.

The Airports Authority is advising travelers to arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to departure time.

6 Responses to “TB Lettsome Airport opens for commercial flights”

  • just asking... (03/10/2017, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    what happen to the airport lights deman?
  • Sky Pilot (03/10/2017, 19:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    And BVI Airways and 7 million dollars. Sure would be handy now. No one has been locked up yet for fraud. Tird world 4 sure
  • pat (03/10/2017, 21:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and how reliable is San Juan right now?
  • Wake-up (04/10/2017, 07:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us all take a good look at what happened after both hurricane Irma and Maria passage.
    We were practically cut off from the surrounding exits and entry point to and from the BVI except Antigua.

    For years we have been depending on St. Thomas Puerto Rico St. Martin and Antigua airports for access to and from the United States United Kingdom and other countries.

    It is time for us as a country to rise and build good infrastructure and a proper airport, it is needed.

    May God bless us all as we rebuild together as a country and a people.
  • Can u update? (09/10/2017, 17:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pls can you update as ba and others are saying list and inter Caribbean flights will arrive after 6pm....

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