Information reaching BVI News is that the Terrance B Lettsome Airport on Beef Island has been closed until further notice.
The latest development comes just one day after the government announced a successful staging of the American Airlines carrier which is due to begin direct flights between Miami and Tortola, less than one week from today.
According to a highly credible source, there have been consistent staffing issues with the airport’s control tower in recent times, and the entity has now been left short-staffed as a result.
The airport was rendered closed just some time around 1 pm today after an Air Traffic Controller called in sick and did not show up to relieve the staff on duty for the next shift.
Airport regulations stipulate that Air Traffic Controllers should not work beyond certain hours in a single shift given the highly sensitive nature of the job.
It remains unclear whether the airport will resume operations later today and how this may have affected the entity. It is understood that at least one airline has cancelled its flights.
BVI News will bring more information as this situation develops.
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