Airports in the British and US Virgin Islands are scheduled to reopen for commercial flights this week following their closure after the passage of Hurricane Maria last week.
Terrence B Lettsome Airport
In the British Virgin Islands, Minister of Communication and Works, Mark Vanterpool said the Terrence B Lettsome Airport will reopen for commercial flights later this week.
The minister gave the announcement during a town-hall radio broadcast on Tuesday. He told his radio audience, “The airport on the commercial side should be opening later this week when workers complete dealing with an issue related to the security of the airport’s fencing.”
He said that with the scheduled opening of the airport, it will be easier for the BVI to connect with other countries.
“I know the Puerto Rico connection is a little bit difficult right 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.
Cyril E. King Airport
Meanwhile, in St Thomas, in the neighboring US Virgin Islands, the Cyril E. King Airport is scheduled to reopen on Thursday.
USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp, who made the announcement on Monday commended the US Virgin Islands Port Authority and the Department of Tourism for their work in getting the airport up and running under very difficult circumstances.
He told reporters that flight schedules are to be determined by the respective airlines. He also said plans are underway to open the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St Croix next week.
Great news for tourism sector
The economy of both the British and US Virgin Islands are dependent on tourism, with visitors arriving by plane cruise ships. The closer of the airports was a serious concern in the territories. Each day the airports were closed had a negative impact on the demand on the tourism industries. News of the airports reopening is great news all involved in tourism.
Read up on the situation in the Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/hurricane-irma-ravages-british-us-virgin-islands/