Airports in BVI and St Thomas reopen this week

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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TORTOLA, BVI (CMC) — Airports in the British and US Virgin Islands are scheduled to reopen for commercial flights this week following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

In the British Virgin Islands, Minister of Communication and Works Mark Vanterpool says the Terrence B Lettsome Airport will reopen for commercial flights this week.

He gave the announcement during a town hall radio broadcast on Tuesday.

“The airport on the commercial side should be opening later this week as they are dealing with an issue of security on the fencing,” said Vanterpool.

He said that with the scheduled opening, it will be easier to connect to other countries.

“I know the Puerto Rico connection is a little bit difficult now because their airport is affected. But, certainly, [flights will arrive and depart the territory] from Antigua and Barbados and other countries around,” said Vanterpool.

Meanwhile, in St Thomas, in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands, the Cyril E King Airport is scheduled to reopen today.

Governor Kenneth Mapp, who made the announcement on Monday, commended the Virgin Islands Port Authority and the Department of Tourism for their work in getting the airport up and running under difficult circumstances.

He told reporters that flight schedules are to be determined by the respective airlines.

He also said plans are under way to open the Henry E Rohlsen Airport on St Croix next week.

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