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BVIAA lands huge international role

The BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has been elected to serve as an advisor on the governing board of the Airports Council International – Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).

The ACI serves 712 members, operating 1,925 airports in 171 countries as of January 2023. The council includes ACI World and five ACI Regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. The BVI Airports Authority became a member of the council in 2019, and was recently elected to serve as an advisor on the Governing Board in elections held in Miami from November 5 to 7.

Chairman of the BVIAA Board of Directors, Theodore Burke applauded the Authority on achieving this significant milestone.

He said, “It is indeed an honour for the Authority to have been elected to champion the cause of smaller airports in the Caribbean as an Advisor on the Governing Board of ACI-LAC. This prestigious appointment not only recognizes our commitment to excellence but also provides an unparalleled opportunity for our staff to be exposed to international best practices and development.”

Managing Director Kurt Menal restated the Authority’s commitment to being an active aviation player in the region. Menal said, “Our two-year term as an advisor will see the Authority actively contributing to the council’s mission and vision, particularly focusing on air transport liberalisation in Latin America and the Caribbean and on actively addressing the perennial issue of intra-regional connectivity.”

Menal added the BVIAA’s new position in this international organisation will help the BVI as the territory seeks to develop the TB Lettsome airport.

“The Governing Board of ACI ensures that policy recommendations and activities represent the collective interests of ACI members and the Authority’s appointment will not only allow us to provide crucial leadership but also act as a strategic link between the Authority and over 700 business partners associated with ACI-LAC. This direct access is expected to strengthen the ongoing collaboration with the Government of the Virgin Islands, particularly in the ambitious Airport development project,” Menal stated.

The Airports Council International represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry.

They do this by working with governments, regional ACI members, experts, and international organisations like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop policies, programs, and best practices that advance airport standards globally.


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  1. Bull says:

    Pure nonsense that’s what hurting this country people just want to project an image with no substance.

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    • Ticket machine says:

      why don’t they start with the parking ticket machine..seems that they cannot manage the most basic functions at the airport..

  2. What? says:

    Wow! So important.

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  3. Jane says:

    You reckon they might be able to figure out how to have a digital display board showing Arrivals and Departures (or a chalk board)?

    How about some free WiFi?

    How about they figure out how to include the punitive “environmental tax” that every single non-resident has to pay into the ticket price so that after an exhausting journey they aren’t barked at whilst they line up to pay it?

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  4. Bim says:

    Pure fluff, NEXT!

  5. Huge says:

    Overstatement maybe? Hope this ‘huge’ endorsement eliminates unannounced closures of the Beef island airport forever.

  6. WEW says:

    An excuse for more travel

  7. BuzzBvi says:

    Will this help get the drug money out of Miami? Watch you don’t get caught at the first meeting. Sometimes it’s better to stay home.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow, the UKites on the UK site, as usual. Pitiful lad.

    • @Anonymous says:

      Are there any comments which are factually inaccurate? Does the parking machine work? Is there a departure board? Do they pay their NHI etc? Does the truth hurt you?

  9. Grader says:

    Maybe something good will come out of this. Maybe the BVIAA will learn from them how to be good corporate citizens and pay their bills. Maybe, just maybe, in so doing, our social security and NHI taxes will be paid. They’re outstanding so long now that we’re really upset with social security and NHI for not putting pressure on them to pay up.

  10. go to school says:

    aint a fkn thing that BVIAA teach anyone about operations other than having chickens in the place.

  11. Maintenance says:

    At least the Business Development Manager not traveling. Staying in office with Director of Maintenance. Story eh break yet.

    Is when the Trin find out.

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