Premier Andrew Fahie has indicated that the government will be aiming to redevelop civil aviation regulatory services in the territory this year.
Civil aviation refers to all non-military aviation, both private and commercial.
Premier Fahie said the government will be working to establish an office to offer maintenance and inspection services to helicopters and other aircrafts.
“This means implementing an Industry Surveillance Programme by introducing the inspection of all aircraft and helicopters at airports,” Premier Fahie explained.
He did not say how much the government is looking to earn from these new services or how many locals are projected to be employed.
These plans for improved aviation services come amid fresh plans by the BVI Airports Authority to completely transform the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport into a modern facility by 2025.
BVIAA is presently working on a $158 million Capital Improvement Programme (CIP) that will include improvements to the runway, taxiway, aircraft parking, terminal, car park and roadway. Designs for the project are expected to commence by October 2021.
Premier Fahie said these airport improvements will permit tourists and investors to fly non-stop to the BVI not just from San Juan and from large cities such as New York, Toronto and London, just to name a few cities.
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