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Anegada has prospects for 'real second airport' in VI - Skelton-Cline

- calls for meaningful discussion on possibilities of project
ZBVI Honestly Speaking radio moderator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline has suggested that the sister island of Anegada, has great prospects to house a major second airport in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, detailed his suggestions on the Tuesday, August 11, 2020, edition of the radio show on public radio, pointing to the topography of the island as another major factor for building a second airport there. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, detailed his suggestions on the Tuesday, August 11, 2020, edition of the radio show on public radio, pointing to the topography of the island as another major factor for building a second airport there. Photo: VINO/File
Anegada currently has a small airport, the Auguste George International Airport. Photo: VINO/File
Anegada currently has a small airport, the Auguste George International Airport. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commentator and Consultant, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has suggested that the sister island of Anegada has great prospects to house a major second airport in the Virgin Islands.

"It's a good place to have a real second airport... I know there's been ideas floated before about airport expansion, but Anegada also needs and is open for some industries," he said.

Mr Skelton-Cline, a government consultant, detailed his suggestions on the Tuesday, August 11, 2020, edition of the radio show 'Honestly Speaking' on ZBVI 780AM, pointing to the topography of the island as another major factor for building an airport there.  

The island currently has a small airport, the Auguste George International Airport.

High cost savings - Skelton-Cline 

Mr Skelton-Cline said while the government still has a commitment to also expand the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, the sister island of Anegada is a worthy revisit for discussions on the subject.

"Anegada, that flat land... that stone, in terms of cost, available funds, any potential developers... Anegada will be a great spot for a real second airport," Mr Skelton-Cline said. 

"We need to have some meaning discussions... but it's a worthy revisit if, for no other reason, the cost that I think would be minimal in comparison to what we have seen and heard floated around in the last eight, nine years as it relates to the airport on the mainland." 

Skelton-Cline also suggested that a major Anegada airport would create other auxiliary benefits for the people.

19 Responses to “Anegada has prospects for 'real second airport' in VI - Skelton-Cline”

  • east man (12/08/2020, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well we have to wait until Anegada gets its own district representative for that to happen
  • NezRez (12/08/2020, 08:57) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why put an airport there, when most of the people are going to Tortola or Virgin Gorda, and would have to transfer? Anegada needs to stay as it is, to accept small planes or helicopters. An island made from corals is not a good idea.
    • Fay (12/08/2020, 15:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      We go to St Thomas and transfer, and I would rather transfer from Anegada to be honest.
      • Steve (12/08/2020, 17:20) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        The people living there will catch HELL! Did anyone come to them or have a meeting asking how they feel about this noise pollution that will surely be a thorn in their side, not to mention headaches. Anegada is a living island made from delicate coral, and the damage it will cause will not be able to be fixed, only destroyed.
  • Jay (12/08/2020, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    this is only ome of the things you said have some sense a big international airport
  • NICK (12/08/2020, 09:11) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    leave this unspoiled island alone.it is one of the last quiet place on earth. Develop tourism,not airport.
  • 2020 (12/08/2020, 09:52) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply

    Not a bad idea especially in cases of medical emergency evacuation. Tortola air ambulance can get there. However, the boat system works well for regular travel.

    I couldn't help the thought: "I wonder if this is so that you can get another consultancy job on this matter? Money running out?". The state the country in right now there is no money for consultancy. Let's come up fast with solutions so that we can eat bread when the financial services industry revenue shrinks or go completely.

    The "rich" feeling the pandemic now.
  • Capt Ron (12/08/2020, 10:09) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can't get timely and reliable ferry service to St. Thomas in an area of water protected by the islands, and you want to have people make the crossing to Anegada in the morning to catch a flight? Come time for North Swells, they'll get a real BVI adventure experience!
  • GG (12/08/2020, 10:11) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh let us put a massive International Airport on a coral/limestone island that is in the middle of the ocean and just a few feet above sea level. I mean, what could happen?
  • tax and spend (12/08/2020, 10:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh purlease. siddown.

  • Bulldawg (12/08/2020, 10:43) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Virgin Gorda airport and Tortola airport needs more attention right now.
    Anegada could wait for now.
    We have to watch our spending in these hard trying economic times.
  • Good idea wrong time (12/08/2020, 12:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to start talk about feeding our self and educating our own on skills about building and constructing we own things the simple things is wat we over looking which is so easy at hand to accomplish now .we need to stop depending on other for ur basic needs..time and situation been showing us this for years look at the situation we in now ...people feel we cant do with out them because we depending on them to much that there threaten ur lively hood of there departure .and this is where we are going wrong these basic things are needed first as coutry to stand on it own. Come on people invest in ur own it the way u become a nation of it self well independent within it itself and from others ...let talk about feeding and being able to build for ur self ..and there is so much more ...wat ever it Is we have to go for abroad for or bring from abroad for let divert A plan to create it at home .self sufficient and independent. It wat it take to recognize as an individual..
  • Bree (12/08/2020, 13:37) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Please don't put any int'l airport on Anegada. It a Caribbean Gem. Just the other day I was watching Discovery Channel and they mention the Barrier Reef around that Islands is one of the best diving spot in the World and in the top 5 of the Caribbean. Don't let greed ruin it. It's the life support of the islands. Many marine species use there for the nesting place. Don't do it.
  • @,good idea wrong time (12/08/2020, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes and we were not always like that cripple ..we had the best farmer fishermen and builders but we never pass the culture on to the young generation and the government is partly or most to blame .not even in school there teacher any but a whole bunch of shit of good lies about a theif murderer rapping good for nothing white man call Christopher Columbus..literally making us fools and handicap...now look at us today as a nation we claim to be ..my lord and if u study this closely u wouldn't be surprised who all were involved in this nasty plan of making us handicaps. But there say wen the smoke screen vanish u be surprised to see who on the pulpit hmmm my lord .that falling angle .
  • Wen ahwe (12/08/2020, 13:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    Wen we going to learn ...that all we do destroy the gem of the island we gone build concrete buildings on farm land now we some at a point of looking were we go get thing to eat ...

  • Tortola (12/08/2020, 13:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop give up the old for the modern day way every thing is a cycle ...and it only one point..there is nothing new ...established the old ways on the next level...Corbis 19 is the way there thinking..more similar things like it going come after..learn to sustain we self
  • What a ting (12/08/2020, 18:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am waiting for him to prove he is not a Moo moo.. so far everything out his mouth make him a moo moo..
  • And around we go... (13/08/2020, 05:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This idea has been binned in the past for a myriad of reasons, including but not limited to:
    1. Anegada's delicate ecological nature which should be preserved;
    2. Distance of Anegada from the rest of the Territory and corresponding difficulty in transfers, including rough waters and reef system; and
    3. Threat of climate change hazard impacts to which Anegada is particularly vulnerable because of its low-lying, flat nature. These include hurricanes and flooding.

    Often wish we would consider things properly including the lessons we have learned and the reasons why we have eschewed certain paths, rather than regularly going around in circles with the brightest new idea which was actually a discarded old one - discarded for a reason!
  • Great Idea (13/08/2020, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    its a great idea. just wrong timing due to the country's state. its going to b at least half the cost of extending Beef.


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