In case you hadn’t heard, the airfield at Virgin Gorda finally was reopened! Air Sunshine flew its first customers directly into our island paradise March 11, 2012. However, don’t get too comfortable with this ultra-conveniant (and recently infrequent!) feature of BVI travel.
The UK sanctioning body responsible for air travel and safety of its overseas territories, Air Safety Support International (ASSI) granted only temporary approval. So if your making your travel plans now for a future stay at Sunset Watch Villa, Drake’s View, or with Sir Richard at Necker Island, I highly recommend you check frequently with Air Sunshine, Cape Air, or any of the charter services as to the status of your flight. Air Sunshine clearly states on their website they will fulfill their obligation to you via arranging a ferry from Beef Island if the Virgin Gorda air strip is closed. Having to spend an extra hour or two at Trellis Bay, in my humble opinion, is not much to complain about (have a cold beer at Jeremy’s Trellis Bay Cyber Cafe and soak in the vibe!).
As of this writing Air Sunshine resumed direct service from both San Juan an St Thomas. Rates as of April 12 were $270 round trip from Puerto Rico, and $250 round trip from St Thomas, with one way fares costing $145 from either location.