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BVI Airways announces major deal with local firm

Pati Romney, chief executive officer at Platinum Services. Photo Credit:  Rotary Club of Road Town (edited)

Pati Romney, chief executive officer at Platinum Services. Photo Credit: Rotary Club of Road Town (edited)

BVI Airways has entered into a partnership with Platinum (BVI) Services Limited headed by Pati Romney for the handling of its ground operations.

Platinum Services will be responsible for the provision of customer service agents and ramp handlers, as well as baggage handling.

The privately owned BVI Airways made the announcement today (February 15) as it continues preparation to launch non-stop service between Beef Island here in the British Virgin Islands and Miami in the United States.

“We are proud to be the local handlers for BVI Airways as they work to address the airlift void we face in the territory. We see the service as an absolute necessity for our local travelers, our business community, and hopefully it will attract even more visitors to our shores,” said Romney, chief executive officer at Platinum Services.

She also expressed the company’s enthusiasm for the partnership with BVI Airways. “Our staff are excited to begin servicing the flights, and we look forward to a mutually successful partnership,” Romney said.

Chief Executive Officer and President of the airline Jerry Willoughby, in the meantime, stated that efforts are being made to ensure BVI Airways is a true representation of the Virgin Islands and its people.

“As we continue to make preparations for BVI Airways to enter the market, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that the airline is a true representation of the Virgin Islands and its people.”

Willoughby added, “Local company Platinum Services is an experienced and trusted port management firm in the territory and we are looking forward to working with them to enhance the overall visitor experience to the BVI.”

It is not yet clear when BVI Airways – in which the BVI government is investing $7 million – will commence service.

The airline already hired staff, bought two aircraft, and established its headquarters in Commerce House along Waterfront Drive in Road Town. It also has an operations office managed by Roy Canter at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island.

BVI Airways also received an Air Operator Certificate from its United Kingdom-based regulator – Air Safety Support International.

The next step in the process is to get permission from United States authorities.

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