BVI Airways announced that it recently received its revised Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from U.K.-based regulator, Air Safety Support International. The new development grants BVI Airways the authority to operate intra-Caribbean flights, including Turks and Caicos Islands, from the airline’s base in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
In a press release, President and CEO of BVI Airways, Jerry Willoughby said “BVI Airways is now open for business. We have already received a number of intra-Caribbean charter requests and with our extra capacity are very interested in taking on this business. BVIA is also looking to develop regularly scheduled service between the BVI and other Caribbean international gateways. There are many opportunities to add flights to markets such as Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos. These markets are ripe for faster service, more comfortable planes, increased reliability and improved safety. Our modern fleet of 86-passenger British Aerospace Avro RJ 100’s have the unique ability to land and take off from runways far shorter than most other jet airliners. Many attractive Caribbean destinations lack the airport capacity to support large-scale commercial airlift and have thus been forced to limit both the passenger volume and routes to small, noisy, and less comfortable propeller-driven airplanes.”
BVI Airways has also filed with the United States Department of Transportation and Homeland Security to obtain the approvals for scheduled non-stop service between Tortola and Miami.
The airline operates a fleet of two Avro RJ 100 jet aircraft.