We’re learning how the USVI is being affected by the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
Governor Albert Bryan updated Virgin Island travelers Thursday.
In a press release from Government House he reassured the traveling public that their safety is of paramount importance, and the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands was in close communication with the federal government, as well as the airlines, to ensure the necessary safety measures are being implemented.
Tourism Commissioner Nominee Joseph Boschulte confirmed that two American Airlines flights between St. Croix and Miami, and one of the two flights between St. Thomas and Miami are currently serviced by the 737 MAX aircraft. Flights to and from the Territory on other carriers and from other cities are currently not affected.
The decision of the FAA is in response to the report of two fatal crashes of brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft over the past six months in Asia and Africa. Other countries that have temporarily grounded the aircraft include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and nations across Europe.