Feb 22, 2016
This is the first service of its kind, and is themed ‘A Game Changer’: BVI Direct. It is anticipated to have great significance to the development of the Virgin Islands, especially in the area of tourism and financial services.
Premier Smith made the announcement during an official ceremony held on Tuesday, January 12. He stated, “Today, it is my special pleasure to announce that we have made good on that promise of direct flights to and from the United States mainland, by partnering with BVI Airways to have direct flights between the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport and the Miami International Airport.”
Direct flights between Miami and the BVI will commence in the fall of this year as BVI Airway goes through the approvals process with London and Washington.
The Territory’s ability for economic development in today’s BVI is limited by their ability to participate in the global marketplace through the quick and expeditious movement of people to and from the British Virgin Islands.
BVI Airways will be operational in approximately nine months. The service aircraft is a regional RJ85 which will be converted to accommodate 86 passengers with a two and half hour flight to Miami. There will be afternoon flights coming from the United States Mainland to the British Virgin Islands, and morning flights originating from the British Virgin Islands connecting to destinations in the US mainland, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Europe.
The airline officials anticipate starting with three flights weekly and, as demand builds, there will one flight daily, and in the high season, two to three flights daily. They have also concluded that having a direct service, with gourmet meals and first class cabins, the BVI travel experience will be transformed.