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Gov’t exploring new airlift, accommodation options

Gov’t exploring new airlift, accommodation options

Premier Andrew Fahie said his administration continues discussions behind the scenes for the BVI to enhance its airlift capacity and to increase accommodations in the territory.
Speaking recently on the VIP’s Let’s Talk radio programme, the Premier said talks were in progress between his government and American Airlines; even before Anguilla secured direct flights from its airport to Miami through the airline.

However, the Premier has argued that things need to be put in their correct context, especially for the detractors.

“There are some factors that must be known, because some persons like to just speak, our airport is 800 feet shorter than Anguilla,” Premier Fahie said.

The Premier stated that one of the airline’s main concerns, was landing on a wet runway at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport — the territory’s main airstrip at Beef Island.

According to the Premier, while the airline might be willing to come in with a dry runway, they are unwilling to take the chance of landing with a full plane while it might be raining and the runway is wet.

Fahie said discussions continue behind the scenes about lengthening the runways, both for the Beef Island airport and the Virgin Gorda airport.

He said it is no secret that the territory needs to extend its airport runway if it wants to remain effective in the tourism industry.

In, he said the government is trying to have increased flights for airlines such as Seaborne, in the meantime

Premier Fahie said it is also undeniable that the BVI has to increase the number of accommodations available in the territory.

The Premier said even though the BVI has been down recently, it has seen more than 7,000 visitors in the last few months.

He noted that several announcements should be expected within the coming months as to the latest developments regarding negotiations being done.

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