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CEKA is Open Despite Temporary Air Traffic Control Tower Closure

The Virgin Islands Port Authority is advising the traveling public that the Cyril E. King Airport’s (CEKA) Air Traffic Control Tower on St. Thomas is temporarily closed due to a staffing shortage. The tower is expected to reopen today, said VIPA Territorial Airport Manager Jerome Sheridan. In the meantime, airplanes destined for CEKA will communicate with the air traffic services in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is a standard backup procedure approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The King Airport is open and operating as normal. However, some flight delays are expected. VIPA apologizes for any inconvenience and advises travelers to contact their airlines directly concerning flight schedules.


About the Virgin Islands Port Authority

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is an autonomous, self-sustaining government agency established in 1969 as the owner and manager of the United States Virgin Island’s airports and seaports. VIPA operates 14 seaports, two airports, and surrounding properties. It is a critical arm of the USVI’s economy that facilitates travel and commerce and fosters tourism and economic growth via its port activities. VIPA’s mandate is to develop and maintain the ports of the USVI to accommodate the current and future demands of our users and to provide safe port facilities. Learn more about VIPA at, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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