Commercial Flights Could Start This Week---Vanterpool

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | September 10, 2017 6:38 pm MDT
Photo Credit: Ministry of Defence/UK
The Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport at Beef Island is likely to start accommodating commercial flights as early as Monday, September 10.

Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communications and Works, told BVI Platinum News that they will also be allowing private planes to land at the Beef Island.

"A little later on try to get private planes to go out and by tomorrow or Wednesday, we are going to allow the commercial planes to come in. The only reason why we cannot do it now is because the computers that link the commercial planes to places in Puerto Rico are not talking to each other as yet," he related to this news site.

"As soon as that happens, we will let Seaborne and other planes to fly in and out, like CAPE AIR and others."

Minister Vanterpool said that flights are operational in St. Thomas (USVI).

"We are releasing people on boats. We are trying to arrange those boats to go to St. Thomas."

We Have Supplies

Meanwhile, the Works Minister who is also the owner of One Mart Supermarket said that there are lots of food and water on the island available for residents. He mentioned the other two major supermarkets--RiteWay and Bobby's.

"We don’t have food problem. I also had food shipped in just before the storm, left on a boat and they are arriving here on Crowley Shipping and Tropical is out there with more food for us. We are organizing that, and that will be okay; we have lots of food, water," he related.

He also spoke about other supplies on its way.

"Also lots of barges coming in with lots of supplies, batteries, generators; some are coming from Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Miami once Hurricane Irma passed and we are settled...Yes those are to be sold," Hon. Vanterpool stated.

He said that government is patnerning with others with the relief efforts.

"The government is also bringing supplies to give out from different donations so they are going to organize that. It's going to be under control by some soldiers and distribution sites and they are going to announce that."

Minister Vanterpool added, "…Supplies are coming in at a faster pace than we can even handle. So people shouldn’t even worry about supplies."
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