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Saturday, Oct 31, 2020

VG airport closed again! Another fire truck malfunction in 5 months

VG airport closed again! Another fire truck malfunction in 5 months

The Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda has been closed indefinitely yet again. A January 6 media release from the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) said, “the closure is due to an operational issue with the rescue and fire-fighting services vehicle”.
The BVIAA did not specify what issues the vehicle - which was only purchased a little more than a year ago - was experiencing.

It, however, said, “all efforts are being made to rectify the problem and to ensure that air service to the airport is resumed as soon as possible” and said the airport would remain closed “until further notice”.

BVIAA is now advising persons travelling to and from Virgin Gorda by air to contact their respective airlines for alternate arrangements.

This is the second time the airport’s fire truck has experienced a malfunction since August 2019.

In an August session of the House of Assembly last year, Premier Andrew Fahie had explained that the absence of a proper facility to house the firetruck contributed to the vehicle experiencing the August 2019 malfunction.

He said the truck, which was only at the facility for nine months at that time, was being left constantly exposed to the weather elements during the day due the lack of a proper garage facility for securing the vehicle.
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