Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Cape Air starts flights between San Juan and Virgin Gorda

Airlines face an unenviable dilemma when it comes to the Virgin Gorda airport. While passengers want access to the island’s many villas and resorts, the facility’s 3,100-foot runway is too short for many aircrafts.

The Massachusetts-based airline Cape Air found one solution: buying new planes.

The company recently purchased three nine-passenger Britten Norman-Islanders, which allowed it to begin offering service between VG and San Juan, Puerto Rico on Dec. 17. The service, which offers three roundtrip flights per day, was officially inaugurated on Feb. 26 with a ceremony at the VG airport attended by government officials and Cape Air executives.

“Virgin Gorda is now on the national and international route maps, thanks the connection with Cape Air,” Andrew Bonney, the airline’s vice-president of planning, told the crowd, referring to the airline’s agreements with major United States carriers and travel websites. “That is something to cheer about.”

Russell Harrigan, the chairman of the BVI Tourist Board and the majority owner of this newspaper, said the airline’s new service will help meet tourists’ demand for direct access to the island.

See the March 6, 2014 edition for full coverage.

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