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UPDATE: TB Lettsome Airport reopens; VG & Anegada’s still closed

The BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has reopened the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, following the passage of Fiona as a Tropical Storm at the weekend. Photo: Google Earth
 With word of some flights still not postponed amidst airport closures in the Virgin Islands, Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), Mr Kurt A. G. Menal, has indicated that the airports will remain closed until all clear is issued by the DDM and relevant meteorological authority over Tropical Storm Fiona. Photo: VINO/File
With word of some flights still not postponed amidst airport closures in the Virgin Islands, Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), Mr Kurt A. G. Menal, has indicated that the airports will remain closed until all clear is issued by the DDM and relevant meteorological authority over Tropical Storm Fiona. Photo: VINO/File
As a result of Tropical Storm Fiona, Mr Kurt A. G. Menal added that the VI is still under a tropical storm warning and as such, hinting that an all-clear will decide the way forward. Photo: Photo: tntairports.com
As a result of Tropical Storm Fiona, Mr Kurt A. G. Menal added that the VI is still under a tropical storm warning and as such, hinting that an all-clear will decide the way forward. Photo: Photo: tntairports.com
he BVI Airports Authority has issued a notice to the traveling public that the Territory’s Airports will be closed due to the passage of Tropical Storm Fiona. Photo: BVIAA
he BVI Airports Authority has issued a notice to the traveling public that the Territory’s Airports will be closed due to the passage of Tropical Storm Fiona. Photo: BVIAA
BEEF ISLAND, VI- The BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has reopened the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, following the passage of Fiona as a Tropical Storm at the weekend.

The territory’s main airport reopened at 8:00 am today, September 19, 2022, after closing on September 16, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), Mr Kurt A. G. Menal, told our newsroom minutes ago that the Auguste George Airport on Anegada is currently being inspected.

Mr Menal said; however, that the runway on the Taddy Bay International Airport on Virgin Gorda is saturated, “so it will be allowed to drain before reopening.

“This will likely be tomorrow,” Mr Menal said.

See previous article published September 17, 2022

UPDATE: Airports will remain closed until ‘all clear’ is given- BVIAA MD

With word of some flights still not postponed amidst airport closures in the Virgin Islands, Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), Mr Kurt A. G. Menal, has indicated that the airports will remain closed until all clear is issued by the DDM and relevant meteorological authority over Tropical Storm Fiona. 

“In line with advice from the relevant authorities a press release was sent out yesterday to the general public as well as relevant communication to our airport stakeholders,” he told Virgin Islands News Online today, September 17, 2022. 

As a result of the Tropical Storm, he added that the VI is still under a tropical storm warning and as such, an all-clear will decide the way forward.

Mr Menal added, “The traveling public is advised to monitor official sources for weather updates and to contact their respective airlines following the announcement of the all clear.”

The BVI Airports Authority issued a notice to the traveling public that the Territory’s airports will close from, September 16, 2022, due to the passage of Tropical Storm Fiona. 

The airports affected included the Auguste George International Airport on Anegada, Taddy Bay International Airport on Virgin Gorda, and the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

See previous story published yesterday, September 16, 2022

VI airports to temporarily close for passage of TS Fiona – BVIAA

- Airports closing today, September 16, 2022 until 'All clear' is given

BEEF ISLAND, VI - The BVI Airports Authority has issued a notice to the traveling public that the Territory’s airports will be closed from today, September 16, 2022, due to the passage of Tropical Storm Fiona. 

The airports to be affected will include the Auguste George International Airport on Anegada, Taddy Bay International Airport on Virgin Gorda, and the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

Both the Auguste George and Taddy Bay Airports will close at sunset, and the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport will close at 7:00 pm local time.

“We are therefore asking all employees and stakeholders to ensure their offices, property, equipment, etc. are secured by the close of business today,” the BVIAA added. 

The Authority said once the ‘All Clear’ has been given, an assessment will be undertaken on all the facilities of each airport to make sure they are operationally safe, and a information will be issued to announce their openings.

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