Airport prepares, and flights called off
Bermuda Skyport will support, as needed, flights to the British Virgin Islands to send support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to a statement issued this afternoon.
The effort is in conjunction with the Royal Air force.
Additionally, Skyport will waive all normal airport fees for landing, parking and overnight stays for these aircraft.
Aaron Adderley, president of Bermuda Skyport, said the organisation “would like to do what we can to help our sister islands to our south in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma”.
“It’s the least we can do, and I wish we could do more,” Mr Adderley added.
LF Wade International Airport will be prepared to possibly receive or consider three separate types of aircraft from the RAF if the intended destination airports in the BVI are unable to be reached or provide jet fuel service in the days following the hurricanes.
The RAF aircraft that could be seen parked at the airport as they transit to and from the UK could be the A332 Voyager, the C-17 Globemaster and the A400 Atlas.
All three aircraft can carry extensive cargo to include needed supplies or support personnel to the islands receiving damage from the two active hurricanes to the south of Bermuda.
In related support, Skyport is working with British Airways to have one or two aircraft normally based for operations at Miami International Airport to be flown to Bermuda for overnight parking and servicing.
With only aircrew on-board, the flights will position in Bermuda to reduce the risk of possible damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
The news came after American Airlines flights were today cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, which is now moving through the eastern Caribbean to threaten the Florida peninsula.
AA 1325, which would have left LF Wade International Airport for Miami at 9am today, did not fly, along with AA 308, this afternoon’s service from Miami.
Also called off was AA 224 from Philadelphia, which had been scheduled to arrive in Bermuda at 2.10pm — and AA 225, the return flight.
Airlines are reportedly scrambling to get passengers and aircraft out of the storm’s path, with a wave of weekend cancellations expected as Irma continues.
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