The British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management has announced that commercial flights have resumed at Terrence B. International Airport.
Commercial flight operations at the airport on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, were originally expected to resume in mid-September following Hurricane Irma, according to a statement posted in on the Department of Disaster Management’s official website.
However, the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 19 resulted in further damage and delays to the planned resumption of commercial flights.
Denniston Fraser, managing director of the BVI Airports Authority, said the hours of operations for the airport will be 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m. daily, adding that there will be no nighttime operations as of yet.
Fraser said the airport sustained severe damage and, as a result, repair work had to be undertaken to rectify the issues and meet the standards of Air Safety Support International (ASSI) for commercial flight authorization.
Fraser is advising the traveling public to arrive at the airport at least three hours before the departure time, as the check-in and security processes will be fully implemented.
According to an official statement issued by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, tourist board and government officials on the ground are continuing their full assessment of the tourism industry, and will share updates as they become available.
As of October 3, there are several charter operators that have announced they will be operating during the winter 2017/2018 season, including The Moorings (December 2017), Marine Max Vacations (December 2017), Festiva Sailing (December 2017) and Horizon Yacht Charters (January 2018).