VG Airport Re-opens! First Commercial Flight Coming Soon – Premier

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By BVI Platinum News

Updated 1:26 PM AST, Tue Nov 23, 2021

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(PLTM) - The Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda (VG) was officially re-opened today, November 23, after being closed for some time.

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The first flight into the airport was from the airline Tradewinds, which flew in from the T. B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island for the opening.

The aircraft was also given a water salute by the firefighters on duty.

Addressing attendees at the Virgin Gorda based airport, Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie said: “Today, tears came in my eyes when I saw the plane land because I know this one was God alone. Today is such a glorious day in the Virgin Islands. It is with great joy that we are here.”

Not For Show

The Premier explained that the reason for the reopening ceremony was not for the pomp only.

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“Why have we done this? it is not for the show and don’t let anyone fool you, I like my ceremonies because when they criticize you, you hear a lot of laughter, when they criticized the government you hear laughter, so if they are going to take care of the laughter we are going to publicize the joy of God.”

He continued: “It’s not about picture taking, but about being purpose-driven and those who work with me know when you tell me you can’t, only then we pushing ahead, we can and a country that has seen so much challenges, we sometimes we forget the challenges we face!”

The Minister for Finance said, with so many high demands and limited resources, “sometimes it is easy to want to give up and we know if we continue to persevere one day our plane will land and today with great joy we watch a single-engine plane that we were told would never come into Virgin Gorda has landed.”

He also commended the teams who worked on the airport to make it ready for the re-opening.

“What has been created is more opportunity for the people of Virgin Gorda, more jobs for the people of Virgin Gorda, more money in your pocket to be able to feed your family. People coming from Anguilla, St. Martin, Puerto Rico… and landing! The first flight is a commercial flight is already scheduled I think for the 17th of December unless they changed the date, I think it's Cape Air, landing here with passengers and many more flights to come from many more airlines,” he said.

Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon. Vincent Wheatley was also pleased with the re-opening.

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“It is indeed a glorious day, to God I give all the glory. This reopening here is an incredible deal because it means a lot to the island of Virgin Gorda.”

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He said it is historic that the single-engine aircraft could now fly into the island widening the scope of aircraft coming into the airport.

“So persons who have medical issues who would have to go to Tortola, imagine three minutes to half an hour on a boat, so this could possibly save a life! Or if you have to go to St. Thomas, or it’s about half an hour to Puerto Rico. That is significant. So not only are we going to get tourists in, but persons can travel for medical reasons you too would have another option,” he stated.

The Minister was also on the first flight in, carrying his Thanksgiving turkey in hand.

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Smoke Screen Cleaner
You caused the airport to close, kept it close then reopen it as if you did something super---- Unreal!! This Gov thinks we all idiots and fools. Vg always had an airport functioning, The lifting of the single engine ban would be the only.thing celebrated and more so by smaller planes ( recreational pilots). *all of us ain't fool Premier and VIP Gov!!!
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BuzzBvi
Thank you God for taking it into your hands. VIP were never going to get this airport open that had been closed for so long without reason. Can you now tell Two Face that a referendum will tell us what the people think because you shouldn't be making all the decisions. Thanks.
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STOP THE CAPP "TEARS"
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We Progressing...
This is good News. Like the effort the Premier put in making this happen..
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Just Me
I guess you didn’t read what thePremier said it was not his effort but “ this one was god alone” !!!
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Glad The Premier Is Reading The Blogs!
The reason it closed again?? Seriously was it not because the fire tender broke so instead of fixing the problem straight away with something that is easy it gets neglected and then requires more money to fix the problem. There is NO reason for this airport to have been closed for so long apart from ineptness from the agency's and Govt Department's. Same with the school's, the roads, the sewage, the water. Stop putting band aids on that make the problems worse and then expecting us to be so happy when stuff is finally fixed. How much did this ceremony cost the taxpayer?? What better use could there have been for that money??
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'Mimi'
looking forward to seeing 'night flights' from Colombia..
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Setta Poppy Show. Tears come to your eyes when ya see the plane land. You mean the plane you p...to land there? Tears in ya eyes and streams from the Ppl cause is our pockets you touch. Ashusness.
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