13/09/2017 BOHLKE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (STX) NARROWLY ESCAPES GRASP OF HURRICANE IRMA

BOHLKE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (STX) NARROWLY ESCAPES GRASP OF HURRICANE IRMA

A ramp normally full in-season with private aircraft carrying business travelers and vacationers in St. Croix at Bohlke International Airways (STX) is now full with military operations carrying government aid and volunteers for locations throughout the Caribbean in the wake of disaster. Having narrowly missed the massively destructive eyewall of category-five Hurricane Irma by 43 miles on September 6, Bohlke International Airways’ St. Croix FBO and Part 145 repair station remains one of the only unharmed general aviation facilities in the Caribbean. STX is the closest operating airport to some of the locations most heavily affected by Hurricane Irma—including St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. As such, Bohlke International Airways’ STX FBO has become the staging hub for international relief efforts. They are also facilitating rescue and relief efforts for St. Maarten and St. Barths.  “While our island is virtually unscathed, the level of destruction our close neighbors throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and much of the Caribbean experienced is heartbreaking,” said William R. Bohlke, president and chief pilot for Bohlke International Airways. “We are fortunate to remain fully functional and our top priority is to facilitate relief efforts to the areas heavily affected by Irma, so their inhabitants can receive the care and supplies they direly need.”   As the relief staging hub for the Caribbean, Bohlke International Airways is temporarily home to the U.S. Air Force; U.S. Navy; U.S. Marines; Air National Guard; Federal Emergency Management Agency; American Red Cross; Salvation Army; and privately-owned aircraft sent to supplement relief efforts, with new entities arriving daily.

Today Bohlke International Airways is an award winning FBO, charter operator and 145 repair station. They embrace the word ‘family’ in its true Caribbean meaning – a warm and friendly community of people who are united in their desire to support each other, serve and excel. President William R. Bohlke is the third generation Bohlke pilot at the helm of this family-owned business.  Contact: Bohlke International Airways: Ashley Bouzianis, Marketing Director, 1.340.778.9177, ashley@bohlke.com, www.bohlke.com, facebook.com/bohlkeinternational, Twitter: @BohlkeAir