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Gov’t issues notice of breach to BVI Airways

Local government has issued a ‘notification of breach’ to BVI Airways.

BVI Airways was issued the notice for failing to honour its agreement with the National Democratic Party (NDP) government, which gave the controversial airline $7 million last year to commence non-stop flights from the British Virgin Islands and Miami in the United States.

While noting that government has not filed a lawsuit against the airline, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith claimed that his administration is ‘considering the next step’.

“Whatever next steps happen will take place on the advice of the attorney general,” said the Premier while speaking in the House of Assembly today, December 14.

Since receiving public funds from the NDP, the airline has missed all its promised dates to commence the flights.

It then laid off its staff; claiming that it needed more money to fly. BVI Airways has had a reputation for struggling financially.

Asked today whether BVI Airways appeared financially sound when government first assessed the airline’s financial records, the Premier said:  “It did show that the company was financially viable within the context of the development of the service to the BVI,”

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