A malfunctioning fire truck is the reason the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has opted to close the Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda.
The BVIAA announced on Thursday that the airport was being closed indefinitely.
While responding to BVI News inquiries following the announcement, Managing Director of the Authority Denniston Fraser said the BVIAA cannot allow the facility to operate without a functioning fire truck.
“We have some mechanical issues with the fire truck that just kind of came upon us … I guess after the onslaught of the hurricanes everything just coming down.”
“We have a truck that is really limping right now and we have to take precautions before it drops (completely shuts down) on us. We figure it will drop by Saturday or so. So that’s why decided to close down the airport,” Fraser explained.
He said the fire truck’s malfunction was the ‘primary issue’ that led to the airport’s closure. Fraser said he was not prepared to divulge any of the secondary issues affecting the airport.
In the meantime, the Managing Director said the Authority is now in the process of ordering a new fire truck for the Virgin Gorda-based airport.
“We are just waiting for confirmation on the lead time [on how long the truck will take to arrive]. As soon as we know that lead time, we will advise further,” Fraser said.
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