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UPDATE: Anegada airport operating as non-certificated aerodrome

- reopens for domestic flights only
Passengers scheduled to board a VI Airlink flight destined for the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport from the Auguste George Airport in Anegada were well disappointed on April 17, 2013 when they were informed that they would have to resort to using the ferry to get off the sister island. The airport hs since been re-opened to domestic flights only. Photo: VINO/File
When Virgin Islands News Online was alerted to the plight of the four passengers, contact was made with the management of VI Airlink and spoke with Mr Neville C. Brathwaithe Jr. who did confirm the situation and was deeply frustrated. Photo: VINO/File
When Virgin Islands News Online was alerted to the plight of the four passengers, contact was made with the management of VI Airlink and spoke with Mr Neville C. Brathwaithe Jr. who did confirm the situation and was deeply frustrated. Photo: VINO/File
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - The Auguste George Airport in Anegada has been reopened but only to domestic flights.

The airport is also operating as a non-certificated aerodrome with a category 2 Rescue and Fire Fighting Service.

The BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), in a press release issued today, April 25, 2013 said it was informing the travelling public that the Auguste George Airport in Anegada was reopened on April 24, 2013 at 12 noon for Domestic Flights only.

"The closure of the aerodrome on Wednesday 17th April 2013 came as a result of a suspension of the aerodrome’s certificate. The Auguste George Airport, Anegada is now operating as a non-certificated aerodrome with a category 2 Rescue and Fire Fighting service," the press release stated.

Before now, the airport authorities had been mum about the issue. THe BVIAA has still not clearly stated the reason or reasons for the aerodrome's certfication being pulled. There were initial reports that the ill-prepared firetruck dispatched to the airport was the reason for the airport closing.

But according to reliable sources, while the issue of the fire truck has been addressed, that of securing the perimeter of the airport has arisen resulting in it not being re-certified to allow it to return to worthiness. It is said that stray animals including cows are often on the airstrip in breach of the safety codes and as this news site understands it will not be reopened unless all the challenges have been resolved.

Meanwhile, the BVIAA is advising persons wishing to travel to Anegada by air to contact their airline
representative to confirm their reservations.

Please see previous story posted on April 22, 2013

UPDATE: Air travel via Anegada remains impossible

Ingress and egress to the sister island of Anegada continues to be a major challenge to persons and a number of airlines as the airport continues to be closed.

The airport at anegada was closed suddenly last week when several persons were turned away and advised to use the ferry service to get off the island. They were expecting to board a VI Airlink flight bound for the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport at Beef Island, Tortola. Despite the fact that those passengers were told that they were going to be refunded their airfares, the loss continues to be felt by aircraft companies who have since cancelled a number of flights with no word of compensation, according to a source.

This news site has been making valiant efforts to contact the relevant authorities to have their explanation and comments on the situation but to no avail. Efforts would be made today to seek an answer from the responsible Ministry.

According to reliable sources, while the issue of the fire truck has been addressed, that of securing the perimeter of the airport has arisen resulting in it not being re-certified to allow it to return to worthiness.  It is said that stray animals including cows are often on the air stirp in breach of the safety codes and as this news site understands it will not be reopened unless all the challenges have been resolved.

On the other hand, VI Airlink has confirmed that it has since had to cancel a list of charter flights to and from Anegada. 

Sources have also informed us that the following day when the certificate was pulled from the Airport, another airline, Shoreline Aviation, had to cancel their filght/s of approximately 20 - 30 passengers for that single day. Further information from this company is being pursued. 

See previous story posted on April 18, 2013

Anegada airport closed allegedly over issue with fire truck!

- VI Airlink passengers made to take ferry to get off island

Passengers scheduled to board a VI Airlink flight destined for the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport from the Auguste George Airport in Anegada was well disappointed yesterday April 17, 2013 when they were informed that they would have to resort to using the ferry to get off the sister island.

When Virgin Islands News Online was alerted to the plight of the four passengers, contact was made with the management of VI Airlink and spoke with Mr Neville C. Brathwaithe Jr. who did confirm the situation and was deeply frustrated.

He said the aircraft had arrived at the Anegada Airport for a 1 P.M. charter when it was realized that the airport was closed. "The airport certificate was pulled so we could not pick up the passengers and we had to ask them to take the ferry." He explained that the root of the problem stemmed from the circumstances surrounding the airport's fire truck, which allegedly did not meet the right code.

According to Brathwaite the problem reportedly stemmed from the switching of a fire and rescue  truck at Anegada for another from Virgin Gorda.

He said that because he was deeply frustrated he couldn't say much more other than that he was told by the Operations Manager at the Anegada Airport, word of mouth, "nothing concreted or binding in writing, so am waiting to see," that the airport's authority will refund the passengers and VI Airlink.

Several efforts were made to contact the relevant authorities for comment on the situation, all of which proved futile. The office of Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority, Mr Denniston Fraser, indicated that he was in a meeting. Later calls to his mobile phone also proved futile. BVI Airports Authority's Larry George said he couldn't not give any information or confirmation and directed this news site to the authority's Information Officer who could not be reached.

However, an authentic and reliable source said the problem was a minor one that will be rectified today April 18, 2013. According to the source there was a issue with either the water, foam or dry chemical, which are required to be in place on the fire truck. The mechanic was allegedly a no-show for work yesterday and as such the problem could not have been rectified, resulting in the closure of the airport.

This news agency was assured that the airport will be re-opened today as the issue will definitely be corrected.
It was also explained that the switching of the fire trucks in itself was not an issue. This was done because there is usually a more air traffic activity at Virgin Gorda and the authoprities felt it necessary to have the larger fire truck at that airport.

31 Responses to “UPDATE: Anegada airport operating as non-certificated aerodrome”

  • Concern Citizen (18/04/2013, 08:24) Like (6) Dislike (45) Reply
    Deeds fools can’t run at lil airport on anegeda now dem want to expand dey one on beef island…struppppss
  • Observation (18/04/2013, 08:44) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    It appears that the use of the word "deeds" to replace "these" is becoming all too common place on the blogs. Is this deliberately being used as a slang? Or do people seriously not realise that "deeds" is the term used to define a legal document or an accomplishment. While "these" is the plural of "this".
    • @ Observation (18/04/2013, 09:22) Like (7) Dislike (112) Reply
      Grammar police get a life and a job!!!
    • links (18/04/2013, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      It's not common place, it just shows that it's the same fools posting over and over to make it seem like they have volume.
      • @ links (18/04/2013, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        "If ah egg dem in ah the red (yolk) and if it ah terara them in ah de boom" (as in the song)
    • Concern Citizen (18/04/2013, 10:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thanks for the education 'Observation'. Now I can get my GED.
    • . (18/04/2013, 11:18) Like (3) Dislike (39) Reply
      Deeds bloggers need to pay attention to the message, not the grammar. Even people who look, think and yes, even communicate differently from you have a right to think, speak and be heard.
      • black boy (18/04/2013, 12:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You most of the bloggers resent truth and embrace lies and commess and call that leadership
  • ooooo (18/04/2013, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (101) Reply
    ndp got their priorities all mixed-up
    • mother hen (18/04/2013, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      In these evil time we need to heed all theories, even the conspiracy theories that tends to float around.
    • Dragon Slayer (18/04/2013, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is not an NDP issue this fire service has been talked about for over 4 years
  • anegada (18/04/2013, 09:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Why is it that whenever another island needs a vehicle, Anegada has to always suffer and given old garbagge that is no use. They said that they have the outer islands at heart but that is just talk. Why do we have to suffer? This being publishized like this is only making matter worst for the island and everyone knows that this island only means of lively hood is tourism.

  • ta ta (18/04/2013, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes tis true tis was over some fire truck and ASSi made a surprise visit…deniston ducking now form the press hehehehe
  • wise-up (18/04/2013, 13:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    And we want bigger airport and some fools thinks that it is a good idea; once we expand the airport we must put the necessary services in position; services such fire fighting, other emergency services and security...these are services that must be fully functional each and every day regardless of how many fight are scheduled to arrive at the airport-the persons employed by these services must be paid; do not get me wrong we do need better air-lift in and out of our country but with questionable finances we simply need to enhance what we have now and leave the bigger project for when our cash flow become more stable ..just saying and who vex, vex !!!!!
  • 1 (18/04/2013, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As an observation, I find it odd that ASSI was allwed to take off on the same airport and the loca airline was not
  • hunt (20/04/2013, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i heard the airport is still close so BVIAA needs to 'Fess up' and get it over with.
    Confession is always good for the soul.
  • Well (22/04/2013, 08:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe they should fix the airport, because that would be some job openings that can occupy people who dont work atleast. And help the smackin airlines make their money...while ayo (The Government) could swim in more money what's being made through tourism.
  • wise-up (22/04/2013, 09:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    each minister wants to run off and do his own thing simply to score point leading up to the election process; our leaders needs to focus on one project at a time...i know the BVI from the very late 1960s and in the year 2013 so many things are still not in position for the people of the country; millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars passed through our country BUT look around and not is there to justify the millions that have slipped through our fingsers...these are facts, to this day not hosipital, poor roads, lack of 24 hours of water, poor school conditions and sewage problem.....just before election we hear all the chatter about fixing this and fixing that; once in office each subject-minister doing them own thing....no government plans...these are facts, those of us that are old enough simply compare the 1970 to now 2013( still no proper air port, no proper ports,education system stinks, sewage system stinks and health care stinks) yes !!!! we have millions and millions
  • weak (22/04/2013, 09:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think this is an eye soar and annoying to read...this NDP crew weak!
  • lettuce tree (22/04/2013, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    handle the airport on tortola then work on the one in anegada
  • kkk (22/04/2013, 12:50) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    just more of ASSI silly racist games
  • xxxxxxxxxxxx (22/04/2013, 21:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elections to follow or what? (quietly hoping)
  • ... (23/04/2013, 08:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another one of the locals sacrificed for another company... the fire truck was moved to virgin Gorda to accomodate Seaborne... lets just sacrifice the locals... Great Job!!!!!
    • ...... (25/04/2013, 17:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      that is not true. the truck that was anegada was moved to virgin gorda becuase the truck that was anegada held 3 fire officers ant the one virgin gorda only held 2, so they move the trucks because anegada only has 2 fire officers get you fact before you start talking crap.... and the trucks them moved way before seaborne started flying into virgin gorda.
  • The watchman (23/04/2013, 09:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    ASSI is not racist they are actually doing their job. What makes it worst is that our government (VIP and NDP)tries to hinder ASSI from doing their job in which the U.K. aviation safety oversight from ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization, includes the British Overseas territories, and if the Territories are not compliant that means the U.K. is not compliant also. ASSI is over sighted themselves by ICAO. If you did not get the picture, yes we are part of the U.K. like it or not! (VIP and NDP) just here playing government for our viewing pleasure. The alternative is be independent of shut up, and even if we were independent ICAO would be in over sighting us directly! Get a clue people, read and understand what is going on!
  • joe public (25/04/2013, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What ah ting
  • aaaa (25/04/2013, 19:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gossip Gossip.........


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