Past, Present, Future

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History Beef Island terminalRunway History Beef Island - EIS

The Past


The Beef Island Airport was renamed Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in honor of the late Terrance B. Lettsome, (a former Minister of Communications and Works), with a runway total length of approximately 4,650 feet. A new air traffic control tower, which rises to an impressive 80 feet above sea level, and is the islands tallest building, was also completed.



Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport becomes the first of the Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to be certificated for the purpose of public transport (passengers or cargo) and instruction in flying.


BVI Airports Authority formed as a separate entity to oversee the efficient and effective operations of all airports in the Territory.


BVI Airports Authority employed the services of a Washington based firm to execute a master plan for the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.


First Aviation Week Celebrated, which culminated with a two-day air show.


Auguste George Airport in Anegada becomes a certified Airport.


Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport transitioning to a green environment.

The Future

3 - 5 years

Establishment of Meteorological office and forecasting Center.

5 - 10 years

  1. Runway and apron extension to accommodate larger jets directly from the US.
  2. Extension of Administration Complex to include executive conference room facilities.
  3. Construction of additional aircraft hangers.

On-Going Goal

  • To be self-sufficient by the fifth year of operation.
  • Meet and exceed the safety and other requirements of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2001 and other applicable regulatory instruments.
  • Create an environment that fosters employee excellence.
  • Maintain a consistent annual increase in passenger arrivals and departures.

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