As the Virgin Islands (VI) prepare for the launch of a new service to Miami with American Airlines on June 1, 2023, the carrier has named the Territory “Sexiest New Destination”.
The BVI Airports Authority in a March 2, 2023, press release said work continues at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport ahead of the new service and expected increase in passengers through the facility.
Direct flight a 'game-changer' - Hon Rymer
The release quoted Minister of Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) as noting that the direct flight connectivity between the two destinations will be a “game-changer” and one of the main economic drivers to the main industries in the VI.
“I am thrilled that American Airlines has chosen to extend their services to the VI as the Government and the Authority continue to work tirelessly to enhance and increase air access to and through the Territory. Connectivity through air service development will continue to be our main focus ahead of the proposed airport development project,” he said.
“We are going to rock this destination. Congratulations BVI!” a representative from American Airlines reportedly said while congratulating the Territory on the achievement.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Theodore E. Burke was quoted as saying that the project implementation team from American Airlines visited the Territory from February 20 to 24, 2023, and met with officials from the BVI Airports Authority and other industry stakeholders.
Officials added that discussions were
held with officers from the Departments of Immigration and Customs,
hotels, and other airport service providers, as well as members of the
Authority’s Board of Directors on the new service.
Significant increase in passengers expected
Discussions were also held with officers from the Departments of Immigration and Customs, hotels, and other airport service providers, as well as members of the Authority’s Board of Directors on the new service.
BVIAA Managing Director, Mr. Kurt A.G. Menal added that the Authority is currently undertaking the necessary steps to prepare the airport for a significant increase in passenger movement that will result from the direct connection.
The Authority said a team has already identified the office and check-in counter spaces to be occupied by American Airlines and added that the immediate next step will see the airline installing the necessary equipment and infrastructure at the airport, followed by the recruitment and training of the necessary personnel to staff their operations.