$7 Million BVI Airways Debacle Still Unresolved


Wednesday 14 February marked two months since it was announced that Government intended to take legal actions against BVI Airways. To date however, no firm word on how government intends to proceed on the matter has been made clear.

During a press conference on 8 February Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith when prompted for an update on the matter announced that much has not changed. “The matter is still with the Attorney General,” the Premier announced.

Last year in response to questions from the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew in the House of Assembly on 14 December Premier Smith did not give details of the plan to address the fact that BVI Airways never took to the skies. However, he did announce that government informed the airline of the breach of the contract on 1 October.

It was noted that the order was not issued by the Attorney General; and Leader of the Opposition Hon. Fahie expressed concern that if the actions against the Airline were not taken by the Attorney General then they are not serious.

However, Premier Smith explained that the Order was the preliminary step and he announced that the steps to follow will be dealt with by the Attorney General. Hon. Smith said: “Whatever next steps happen [they]will take place on the advice of the Attorney General.”

While responding to the company Premier Smith announced that government intends to fight to ensure that in one form or the other there is satisfaction for the $7millio that was invested in BVI Airways.

In a radio program on 13 February Hon. Fahie took at a swipe at the fact that Government has made no firm attempt to recoup its BVI Airways investment.