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
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:
The United States of America purchased the US Virgin Islands in
1917. The first airport on St. Thomas was a small airstrip
built in the 1920s in what was known as Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay
was dredged, filled in and re-named Lindbergh Bay. On Jan. 22,
1928, the first passengers arrived on St. Thomas by air via the La
Nina, a monoplane owned by the Aerial Express Co. of San Juan
carrying its pilot and four passengers.
The US government further developed the airstrip and
re-named it Bourne Field. It served primarily 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 airport terminal
was an old military hangar constructed in the 1940s and the airport
was named in honor of Harry
S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States.
October 3, 1984 the airport was re-named after the late Governor
Cyril Emmanuel King -
the second elected governor of the US Virgin Islands.
Construction of the current 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.