St Maarten & BVI reach agreement on in-transit fee

By Rumi Samuel Published on March 18, 2023
St Maarten & BVI reach agreement on in-transit fee

The British Virgin Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) is anticipating an increase in air travel as it has agreed with the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) in St Maarten to slash in-transit fees.

The fee drops from $55 to $30 per person for travel between the PJIA and the T. B Lettsome International Airport.

The agreement to cut the fees was reached after a meeting on March 9 between representatives from both islands and WinAir.

BVIAA Managing Director, Kurt Menal, said the authority would continue its conversations with St Maarten and will soon announce the reduction in the in-transit fees for passengers travelling to the VI via St Maarten.

Menal said: “The necessary framework to bring this project to fruition is being fine-tuned, and the team in St Maarten is currently putting the final touches together to allow passengers to enjoy the benefits of the partnership.”

Minister for Communications and Works Kye Rymer said the government would take the necessary steps to ensure Virgin Islanders can access destinations worldwide.

“I cannot underscore enough how important such partnerships are as St. Maarten is one of the major hubs that connect the Caribbean region to Europe, and the BVI is perfectly positioned to tap into the European market with this partnership,” he said

 Theodore Burke, chairman of the Board of the BVIAA, said that they are committed to increasing air access to the VI and connecting the region and the rest of the world to the Territory.

Rumi Samuel

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