CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Direct flights from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), and San Juan (SJU)
Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO)
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Direct flights from Dulles (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), and Newark (EWR).
Tel: 1 (800) 864-8331
INTER-ISLAND AND CARGO AIRLINES SERVICING ST. THOMAS (STT)
SEA FLIGHT VI
CHARTER PLANES AND PRIVATE JETS
Fixed Base Operators
AIRLINE INCENTIVE PROGRAM: Any airline may apply for VIPA's incentive program if they intend to provide airlift via a new route or add flights on an existing route already served by the airline to the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) on St. Thomas or the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (HERA) on St. Croix, or provide flights to CEKA after 5 pm (Atlantic Standard Time). Landing fees are waived for one year, and terminal, arrival, and departure fees are reduced by 50% for a year.
Effective December 1, 2022 through November 30, 2024.
A NEW CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT TERMINAL
The Cyril E. King Airport Terminal will be completely renovated in four stages over a six-year period. The total project cost is estimated at $250 million.
The Virgin Islands Port Authority began construction of a new, multi-level Parking and Transportation Center at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas in March 2021. The new parking garage will provide over 550 parking spaces and a designated area for taxis and rental car agencies. This $29.1 million project is funded primarily via a $20 million U.S. Economic Development Authority grant, with the remainder funded by the Virgin Islands Port Authority.
Half of the Parking and Transportation Center should be completed and open to the public by the end of Summer 2023, with full completion of the Parking and Transportation Center expected by the second quarter of the calendar year 2024.
Phases two through four include the redesign, expansion, and modernization of the interior of the terminal to make the best use of the two floors of the terminal and the installation of jet bridges; additional lounge, and concession spaces to provide more eateries, retail stores, and contemporary traveler amenities; tropical landscaping, improvements to the flow of vehicular traffic; and more.
VIPA is currently pursuing a public/private partnership model to finance the airport expansion and modernization project. Learn more here: www.vipaairportsp3.com.
CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
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 two miles west of the capital city, Charlotte Amalie. CEKA is one of the busiest airports in the eastern Caribbean. The entire airport sits on about 280 acres of land. The asphalt runway measures 7,000 feet long by x 150 feet wide (2,134 x 46 meters. It is one of the deepest man-made runways in the world. The two-story airport terminal was built in Nov. 1990. It measures 190,000 square feet on the first floor and has 11 gates. The top floor measures 60,000 square feet.
Hours of Operation
The airport terminal is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aircraft rescue, and firefighting services are available during that time. Airline ticketing and federal services (such as U.S. Customs and TSA) may close earlier than the terminal closing time.
The Air Traffic Control Tower operates from 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The runway is open 24 hours.
OUR AIRPORT'S HISTORY
The Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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 renamed 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 renamed 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 operations 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.
On October 3, 1984, the airport was renamed 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.