American Airlines is scheduled to make a test flight to the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) next month, ahead of commencing direct flights from Miami on June 1, 2023.
Information regarding the test flight was disclosed by Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) during the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) closing rally in the area of One Stop Mall in Road Town, Tortola last night, Saturday, April 23, 2023.
Addressing the audience, Hon Rymer, who was also celebrating his birthday on Saturday, reminded that American Airlines will be landing on June 1, 2023.
“We need yall to make sure the Virgin Islands Party will be there receiving this plane at the airport,” Hon Rymer stated.
Information regarding the test flight by
American Airlines was disclosed by Minister for Communications and Works
Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) during the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) closing
rally in the area of One Stop Mall in Road Town, Tortola last night,
Saturday, April 23, 2023.
Test flight in May
The Minister, who was part of the negotiations to get American Airlines to provide direct flights to the VI from Miami, then made the announcement about the scheduled test flight.
“Let me tell you a little secret, they called me from American Airlines and say that they are doing a test flight on May 23rd.”
Hon Rymer said the test flight will originate in Miami and land at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.
“So are we going to receive this plane?” Hon Rymer.
“Yes,” the crowd responded loudly.”
Hon Rymer said he is excited about the venture and the benefits the direct flights will bring to the VI.
He also reminded that it was this Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government that made that happen.
The previous National Democratic Party (NDP) administration failed to bring direct flights to the VI and instead ended up losing $7.2M on the botched deal with BVI Airways.