BVI Airways has filed with the appropriate U.S. regulatory agencies to offer non-stop service between the United States and the British Virgin Islands. They recently received their revised Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from their U.K.-based regulator, Air Safety Support International. BVIA has the potential to reduce travel times from various U.S. cities to the BVI by over one-third, and in many cases it will cut travel time in half. At the same time, it will significantly increase the lift capacity into one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the Caribbean.
Additionally, BVI Airways is initiating intra-Caribbean charter flights, and is exploring regularly scheduled service between the BVI and other Caribbean international gateways.
Until now, airline service into Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in Tortola has been limited by the length of the runway. U.S. passengers have had to either fly to secondary airports and then take local flights in propeller-driven small aircraft, or fly into St. Thomas and then endure the ferry to the BVI. The unique aircraft owned by BVIA are specifically designed to land and take off from shorter runways, which will permit convenient non-stop flights between the BVI and Miami. Future expansion to other U.S. origination points is also being considered.
BVIA will have the capacity to more than DOUBLE the number of passengers that will be able to fly into Tortola. Roughly 75,000 people currently fly from the US to the BVI, with the remainder arriving via Ferry or private yacht. Projected capacity for BVIA will be close to 90,000 passengers annually, dramatically improving the prospects for BVI’s critical tourism industry.
Once approved by the DOT, FAA and Department of Homeland Security, BVI Airways will be allowed to begin ticket sales and the first official flights can be scheduled. “We are working as fast as we can to make this happen,” said Jerry Willoughby – CEO and President of the airline. “But the regulatory process, by its nature, is outside of our control. We look forward to helping more people experience the island beauty of ‘Nature’s Little Secret.’”
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