Press Release

Ministry of Communications and Works
BVI Airports Authority
Release Date:
Wednesday, 19 July 2023 - 11:38am

The BVI Airports Authority (the Authority) is notifying the travelling public that the airports on Virgin Gorda and Anegada respectively have resumed normal operations.

Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Ronnie Lettsome stated that the temporary closure of the airports was necessary as a result of operational issues within the Fire Service at the main airport, Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TBLIA). 

Mr. Lettsome said the authority failed to satisfy the minimum staffing levels required by OTAR 140, which prevented the airport from operating in compliance with established safety regulations.

He said, “In order to rectify the situation and ensure the restart of operations at our main airport, the Authority made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend services at the Virgin Gorda and Anegada Airports and reallocate manpower to address the staffing shortage at the T.B. Lettsome International Airport.

Chairman of the Board, Mr. Theodore E. Burke apologised to the travelling public, and stakeholders affected by the closure of the airports. Mr Burke said that his Board fully understands the impact the closure had on travellers and the local community, and wishes to assure the public that both the Board and the Ministry are committed to ensuring that such disruptions are avoided in the future.

Mr. Burke added that the Authority took swift action and launched a full investigation into the situation which resulted in the closure of the airports. 

“A thorough review of our processes primarily as it relates to staffing levels and operational disruptions is under review,” the chairman said.  He added, “We are confident that these proactive steps will strengthen our operations and prevent any future disruptions.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications & Works Mrs. Elvia Smith-Maduro reminded travellers that the Government of Virgin Islands is working acidulously to improve the system of airports within the Territory.

Mrs. Smith-Maduro stated that these improvements will not only enhance the travel experience but also have a positive trickle-down effect on the local economy.

“As we strive for excellence in our aviation services, the Ministry will provide unwavering support to the Authority in their efforts to improve their systems and eradicate any potential issues that may be faced, whether in the operation of the airport or by its staff members,” the PS said.

The Authority will update its operational contingency organisation wide in the immediate short term and will continue to deliver exemplary service to all its customers and stakeholders while it strives to uphold its motto of “Safety is our #1 Priority”.



July 18, 2023


BVI Airport Authority Ltd.

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