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February 11, 1969 - February 11, 2019

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United States Virgin Islands

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VIPA Receives $27 Million in Grants from USDOC-EDA

Long awaited and much needed improvements to the U.S. Virgin Islands' airports will soon become a reality. U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord announced yesterday that the Virgin Islands Port Authority has been awarded two grants from the USDOC-EDA totaling $27 million to expand and upgrade the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas (CEKA) and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal (HERA) on St. Croix.  VIPA announced plans to undertake major airport renovations at community charrettes held in both districts last year. VIPA's Acting Executive Director Damian Cartwright stated that the funds will be used fund the first phase of both projects.

Each terminal upgrade project will have four phases, and each phase will take 18-24 months to complete. VIPA already has the designs for the first phases and hopes to have the projects out to bid by May 2019. VIPA is also actively seeking funding for the remaining phases.

On St. Thomas, phase one of the CEKA Upgrade Project entails construction of a $20-million-dollar, four-level Parking and Transportation Center with about 700 parking spaces. A dedicated location will be provided for ground transportation and car rental operations. By removing these services from the terminal, this will give VIPA much needed real estate to expand the 30-year-old CEKA Terminal.

VIPA will use $7 million in grant funds to begin the first phase of upgrades to the HERA Terminal by:

- Enclosing 5,500 square feet of walkway space to increase seating capacity in the lounge;

- Refurbishing the existing passenger lounge space and restrooms;

- Enclosing the 1,100 square-foot open-air garden with a new roof structure to provide additional concessions space; and

- Upgrading the mechanical systems for the additional air-conditioned area.




The territory has two airports: the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (HERA) on St. Croix and the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) on St. Thomas, Both terminals are host to dozens of flights daily and provide services to inter-island, U.S. mainland and other international destinations. VIPA's diverse portfolio of marine ports include cruise, ferry, a marina and cargo ports on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands was struck with two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in September 2017. VIPA is in the process of rebuilding its 119 affected properties. We have also used this opportunity to renovate and expand our facilities to better serve the traveling public. Follow our infrastructure development journey via our news releases and social media posts.

*New - Testimony submitted to the VI Legislature Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture on 13 Mar 2019.



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