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The Terrance B Lettsome International Airport underwent a swift management change this week, that was prompted by the unexpected resignation of Acting Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), Coy Levons on August 13.
The BVI Airports Authority has been in the news for the past weeks following disclosures by Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie, regarding mismanagement.
Details or explanation about the sudden departure of the Acting Managing Director, just months after the former Managing Director chose to retire, are unknown.
Confirmation of Levon’s departure was made in a statement that was issued on August 14 by Premier Fahie, who described the resignation of Levons as “sudden”.
The Premier also disclosed that a replacement was swiftly installed by the Board of the BVIAA.
In commenting on the matter, Hon. Fahie said, “I also want to take this opportunity to commend the members of the Board of the BVIAA for moving swiftly to keep the authority in compliance with Air Safety Support International (ASSI) regulations by appointing Clive Smith to the posts of Accountable Manager and Acting Managing Director of the BVIAA, upon the sudden resignation of Mr. Coy Levons.”
The Premier mentioned that in accordance with the Company’s Act governing the BVIAA, Smith has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Authority.
Hon. Fahie also noted that Levons, whose substantive post was Director of Operations, had been holding the role of Accountable Manager and acting in the post of Managing Director since June 11 when the BVIAA Managing Director, Denniston Fraser, retired.
The BVI Leader disclosed that the positions of Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director, Director of Operations and Duty Manager were advertised and the BVIAA is working to make substantive appointments to those positions as soon as possible.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Smith on his new appointment and to wish him the best. I also want to thank Mr. Levons for his many years of service.
Mr. Smith has a wealth of knowledge of the aviation sector and experience in the industry. His current substantive post is Duty Manager, however since June he has been serving as Acting Director of Operations,” Hon. Fahie said.