As of 2020, BVI Airways has ceased operations and is no longer planning to restart.
BVI Airways was an airline based at the British Virgin Islands.
The airline's headquarters were based at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport which served as the island of Tortola's main airport. In January 2016, the Government of British Virgin Islands announced that it would be investing US$7 million into the airline.
BVI Airways was founded in 2009 and began operations in May 2010 by serving Beef Island to St Maarten route 3 x Weekly. In September 2010, the airline commenced services to Dominica, on behalf of Winair.
In 2014, BVI Airways suspended operations between islands not long after a change in ownership. This was in order to focus on a non-stop schedule directly to the US.
In July 2017, BVI Airways flew its first scheduled passenger flights. The Caribbean-based carrier launched a return service between Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, and Miami Int'l which flew its inaugural flight on 22nd July 2017 using ARJ-100 equipment.
Shortly after, BVI Airways launched its first-ever nonstop service between Tortola, British Virgin Islands and MIA, with two weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays and Sundays. BVI Airways used aBAe Avro 146 RJ100 aircraft to serve the new route, which connected Miami to the British Virgin Islands' capital and largest island. Tortola became MIA's 40th Caribbean destination with nonstop service.
At the end of 2017, BVI Airways made all its staff redundant and ultimately suspended operations. An ongoing criminal investigation into the airline has been taking place since 2020 due to the airline's failure to follow proper procedures and contracts.
BVI Airways planned to operate scheduled flights between Tortola and Miami before ceasing operations.
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Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, formerly known as Beef Island Airport, is the main airport that serves the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It serves as a gateway to almost all islands within the BVI region as well as nearby U.S. Virgin Islands.
Many tourists fly into Beef Island before taking a ferry to the other smaller British Virgin Islands. Airlines that frequently fly to this airport inclde Air Sunshine, InterCaribbean Airways and VI Airlink, among several others.
Initially, BVI Airways' fleet comprised of 2 British Aerospace Jetstream Super 31 - 19 Seater.
Services to Miami would use the British Aerospace Avro RJ 100 if the airline ever relaunches.