Henry E. Rohlsen Airport
St. Croix, US
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.
-4:00 hours from UTC/GMT Year-round, does not observe
Daylight Savings Time
Mean Sea Level
74 ft / 23 m
Length: 10,004 ft/3,049 m
Width: 150 ft/46 m
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Tarmac Delay Plan
Airlines Servicing HERA
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 in honor of Alexander Hamilton - an American statesman and one
of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
by the VI Legislature in 1996 in honor of Virgin Islands aviator
Ernst Rohlsen (born on St. John, USVI) who was one of the
Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and the first black fighter
pilot in the 99th squadron of the United States Air Corps.
Rohlsen served as chairman and president of the National Airlines of
Ecuador. He served two terms as a member of the Virgin Islands
Legislature from 1945 through 1948, and as the Administrator for the
island of St. Croix from 1969 to 1973. As president of the
Caribbean Development Company from 1977 to 1979, Rohlsen is also
heralded as the pioneer of the cruise port in Frederiksted, St.
Croix (the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility).
The Rohlsen Airport's 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.
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