Commercial Flights Could Start This Week---Vanterpool

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | 10 Comments
September 10, 2017 8:38 pm AST
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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HUNGRY
THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY , AND THE POLITICIANS ACTING LIKE EVERYTHING IS OK
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Windy
BVI AIRWAYS ? Could use them now. Thanks doc
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Jim
Or we could use that bvi airways money now . which one you prefer
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off island thank the lord
I'm afraid that they need to erect 4km of perimeter fence before commercial flights start for real
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lueann
hi is there any word on when commercial flight can go to torlota british virgin island to pick up people non-national who want to leave.
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Jack
People need to read and try to understand before blogging. The article clearly states that donated items will be free. We cannot expect to receive the food which was on its way before the hurricane to be free because it seems to me like it was not donated but rather they were supplies ordered by a supermarket prior to the hurricane. I would like to know if boats will be running from both red hook and charlotte Amalie soon?
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Joc
Like all of you i an hoping they WILL NOT BE so selling but giving away for free. I heard Flow only giving 5 minute wifi please please tell me that is not true as people are in a crisis
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Free
It says "Yes those are to be sold," Why sold? What is happening to all the donated money? Why is food and water and supplies not free? It is DONATED. How are donations allocated and who is in charge of allocation and accountability that donations are being used as the donations are meant to? Stay strong BVI.
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Relief at a cost
So that means only those with access to cash. These are the sort of things that increase crime.
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Mainland
I interpret this excerpt as donated items that will be distributed for free. Reread and see if you have the same understanding. Sometimes when we read under stress it not as clearly understood. "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."
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