Virgin Islands Port Authority
CEKA Parking Garage Construction Progresses and Parking Spaces are More Limited
Construction of the second level of the new parking and transportation center at the Cyril E. King Airport is entering its final phase. This phase will involve the construction of the remaining portion of the parking garage and will require the closure of a significant portion of the remaining public parking spaces at the King Airport this week. All cars should be removed from this section of the parking lot by Thursday, December 1, 2022. The reduction of additional parking spaces will allow the contractor to complete the project faster and will ensure the safety of the users of the parking lot.
Travelers are reminded to be dropped off and picked up when traveling via the King Airport due to the limited public parking spaces available. Curbside parking is not allowed at the airport when dropping off or picking up passengers. Signs are posted at the terminal advising of the parking restrictions. Motorists are asked to adhere to the no parking signs as violators will be towed and booted at their own expense.
VIPA has also provided a cell-phone parking area near the Lindbergh Bay Park for people to wait for travelers arriving at the airport. The cell phone parking lot area may be used free of charge. Overnight parking is not allowed.
VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe said that the Authority is aware that the limited parking at CEKA during the construction is an inconvenience to the public. “We are asking for the public’s patience during this temporary arrangement as we work to improve and modernize the King Airport. After the parking and transportation center is completed, we will be able to position the agency to begin the much-needed expansion of the 30-year-old CEKA Terminal,” he said.
The construction of a three-level parking garage and transportation center is the first phase of VIPA’s four-phase CEKA Terminal Expansion and Modernization Project. VIPA awarded a contract to AT Construction to build the new facility, which will have 561 parking spaces and a dedicated location for ground transportation and car rental operations. The project is funded primarily via a $20 million grant from the US Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration in 2019. VIPA is required to provide the remaining monies for the project, which is currently estimated at $9 million.