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The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) owns and manages the two airports in the United States Virgin Islands: the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport (HERA) on St. Croix.

 

Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas


Photo - Cyril E. King Airport

The Cyril E. King International Airport (CEKA) is a public airport located at No. 70 Lindbergh Bay on the southwestern side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - approximately four miles east of the capital city, Charlotte Amalie.  

The Cyril E. King Airport is one of the busiest airports in the eastern Caribbean.  The airport operates 24 hours.  However the airport terminal is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Aircraft, rescue and firefighting services are available during that time.  The Air Traffic Control Tower operates from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The airport covers approximately 280 acres.  The asphalt runway measures is 7,000 feet long by x 150 feet wide (2,134 x 46 meters).  The two-story terminal, which opened in Nov. 1990, measures 7,600 square feet on the first floor and has 11 gates.   The top floor measures 2,380 square feet.


History of the Cyril E. King Airport:
When the USVI was owned by Denmark, the government built an airstrip in what was know as Mosquito Bay on St. Thomas in the 1920s. On Jan. 22, 1928, the first passengers arrived by air via the La Nina, a monoplane owned by the Aerial Express Co. of San Juan carrying its pilot and four passengers.  When the United States purchased the territory in 1917, Mosquito Bay was dredged, filled in and called Lindbergh Bay. 

The airport was originally named Bourne Field and served as an airfield for the US Military.  The airport was turned over to the VI government after the military ceased operation in the territory after World War II.  The original terminal was an old military hangar constructed in the 1940s and named the Harry S. Truman Airport.  On October 3, 1984 the airport  was named after the late Governor Cyril Emmanuel King - the second elected governor of the US Virgin Islands.  Construction of the airport terminal began in 1980 and was completed in October 1990. The runway was extended from 4,200 to its present 7,000 length in 1992. The Cyril E. King Airport features one of the largest deep-water, dredged runways in the Caribbean.

 

AIRPORT STATS
Cyril E. King Airport

IATA: STT
ICAO: TIST
FAA: STT 

Time Zone:
--4:00 hours from UTC/GMT Year-round, does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
 

AIRPORT SUMMARY

Airport Type
Public

Elevation Above
Mean Sea Level

23 ft / 7 m 

Coordinates
1820'14.3000"N
06458'24.1000"W

Runways 
Direction: 10/28
Length: 7,000 ft/2,134 m
Width: 150 ft/46 m
Surface: Asphalt

Cyril E. King Airport Tarmac Delay Plan

 

Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix


The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (HERA) is located about six miles southwest of Christiansted on St. Croix. HERA is served by two major domestic carriers, and also receives daily inter-island flights as well as cargo and military aircraft.

The airport terminal is open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Aircraft, rescue and firefighting services are available during that time. The Air Traffic Control Tower operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.   The runway is open 24 hours. 

The two-story terminal is 181,000 square feet and has 10 gates. The airport encompasses 1,455 acres which includes an asphalt runway measuring 10,004 x 150 feet.  Construction of the present terminal and expansion of the runway from 7,600 to 10,000 feet were completed in 2002.


History of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport:
Prior to the construction of the airport, the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force stationed the 12th Bombardment Squadron (25th Bombardment Group) at an airfield in the area called Benedict Field for antisubmarine patrols flying B-18 Bolo aircraft from November 8, 1941 to November 10, 1942. 

A public airport terminal was built in Sept.1948 and named the Alexander Hamilton Airport. It was renamed in 1996 in honor of Virgin Islands aviator Henry E. Rohlsen who was one of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.  The terminal was expanded and completely renovated by the VI Port Authority in 2000, and the runway was extended from 7,600 feet to 10,004 feet in 2002.
 

AIRPORT STATS
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

IATA: STX
ICAO: TISX
FAA: STX 

Time Zone:
-4:00 hours from UTC/GMT Year-round, does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
 

AIRPORT SUMMARY

Airport Type
Public

Elevation Above
Mean Sea Level

74 ft / 23 m 

Coordinates
1742′06″N
06448′06″W

Runways 
Direction: 10/28
Length: 10,004 ft/3,049 m
Width: 150 ft/46 m
Surface: Asphalt

Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Tarmac Delay Plan

 

   
 

Virgin Islands Port Authority
8074 Lindbergh Bay
P.O. Box 301707
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands  00803-1707
Tel: (340) 774-1629  Fax: (340) 774-0025
info@viport.com / www.viport.com 
Developed by the VIPA Public Relations Department