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 four miles east 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 Cyril E. King 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.
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.
Applicable December 1, 2020, through November 30, 2022
DOMESTIC AIRLINES SERVICING
ST. THOMAS (STT)
INTER-ISLAND AND CARGO AIRLINES SERVICING ST. THOMAS (STT)
SEA FLIGHT VI
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 first stage is the construction of a three-level parking garage and transportation center. VIPA awarded a contract to AT Construction to build the new Parking and Transportation Center at CEKA. The facility will have 561 parking spaces and a dedicated location for ground transportation and car rental operations. It will also include electric charging stations. The $26.8 million project is funded via a $20M grant from the US Department of Commerce- Economic Development Administration in 2019. VIPA is required to provide a $6.8M match. Construction began in March 2021 and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023.
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.
While Phase 1 of the CEKA Terminal Expansion is fully funded, VIPA is actively seeking funding sources for Phases 2 through 4.
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 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.
On 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.