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February 20, 2018 –  Spirit Airlines will launch new service to the island of St. Croix on May 24 this year. The Florida-based carrier will serve the island with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The new service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Henry E. Rohlsen Airport will operate on A-319 aircraft with 145 seats. This additional service helps to meet the growing demand for air service into St. Croix. We thank Spirit Airlines for its commitment to the Territory and look forward to developing our expanding partnership.

January 22, 2018Flight Updates

Spirit: Starting February 16th, Spirit will add flights between St. Thomas and Ft. Lauderdale on Mondays and Fridays. This is in additional to their current Wednesday and Saturday flights.

Delta: Delta continues to only operate one flight daily from Atlanta. Delta will add a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and St. Thomas on Saturdays only beginning April 7. Delta’s website says daily flights will begin on May 24.

American: American continues to operate two flights a day from Miami – flights numbers 943 and 1391. American Airlines has implemented a 2 checked bag limit.

JetBlue: Is operating daily flights, through San Juan. Some of these connections occur on JetBlue aircraft. While others operate in partnership with Seaborne and Cape Air.

December 1, 2017 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be able to return to their assigned area in the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal and use their equipment to screen travelers by this weekend, announced Virgin Islands Port Authority Executive Director David Mapp.  The use of scanning equipment and machines should significantly reduce wait times during the screening process at CEKA.

TSA has been manually screening travelers in a temporary area outside of preclearance pending repairs to the CEKA terminal, which was severely damaged by two Category 5 Hurricanes in September.  Mapp said that air quality test results stating that the preclearance area was safe for airport operations were delivered this week to both TSA and VIPA.  TSA has already begun the process of returning to their normal location and should be in place by Saturday, he said.  Mapp advised travelers to arrive at least three to four hours early for their flights to allow enough time for the screening process.  Normal operations at CEKA, to include increased flight availability to St. Thomas, is anticipated to begin by mid-December.

VIPA has been able to successfully operate most of its seaports as normal since the hurricanes, said Mapp.  The Theovald Moorehead Dock and Terminal at Enighed Pond was recently reopened in St. John and barges have returned to the facility to transport vehicles and cargo to the island.  The Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay welcomed the return of cruise ships to its port on November 21st as the Harmony of the Seas brought over 5,000 passengers plus 2,300 crew to St. Thomas.  Eight cruise ships berthed at Crown Bay in November and 30 ships are scheduled for December, said Mapp.  Cruise ships have returned to St. Croix since November 15th.  There were two calls in November, two visits are scheduled for December and 13 calls are scheduled for January at the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted, Mapp said.  VIPA’s cruise schedules for both St. Thomas and St. Croix have been updated and are available online at www.viport.com. All cruise schedules are subject to change.

Mapp reminded the traveling public that most of its facilities were damaged during the storm and are in the process of being repaired.  “VIPA has engaged the services of several contractors to perform temporary repairs so that we could reopen our facilities after the storms and enable travel and commerce.  However, there are still extensive repairs that need to be made to our properties,” he said.  VIPA has entered into an agreement with Lemartec, Inc. to manage the reconstruction of its hurricane-damaged properties.  CEKA has been targeted as the priority project, with an active construction schedule to begin in mid-January 2018.  Lemartec, Inc. is one of the premier aviation construction management firms in the industry and has been licensed to do business in the territory for the past three years.

November 20, 2017 – The Cyril E. King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and again by Hurricane Maria, less than two weeks later. The entire roof was damaged and windows were blown in, which led to extensive flooding and destruction of property. The Port Authority reopened the King terminal to limited commercial traffic on September 28, 2017 – just nine days after the passing of Maria. This was a remarkable accomplishment given the extent of damages sustained at CEKA. Most airlines have resumed service to St. Thomas, but are only offering one flight per day until repairs to the terminal are completed.

VIPA is pleased to report that American Airlines has recently added a second daily flight to St. Thomas. The damaged terminal gates have been repaired and the pre-clearance area at the King Terminal is ready to accept travelers. However, normal operations will not resume until TSA has completed an assessment of its equipment and staffing, which were both affected by the hurricanes. VIPA’s goal is to fully reopen the CEKA Terminal by mid-December 2017.

The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix reopened to commercial traffic on October 5. American Airlines and JetBlue have resumed service to St. Croix.

October 26, 2017 – St. Croix and St. Thomas airports are open – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines are operating.

October 5, 2017 – The Virgin Islands Port Authority reports the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix reopened to commercial flights today, October 5, 2017. American Airlines (Miami), Cape Air (SJU, STX, STT), JetBlue (Ft. Lauderdale) and Seaborne (SJU, STX, STT) have flights to and from St. Croix. US Customs and TSA are fully functional. Travelers should contact the airlines directly for flight schedules.

October 2, 2017 – The Cyril E. King Airport is open on a limited basis only. There is one flight per day from both American Airlines and Delta. Passengers with previously bought and/or cancelled tickets are encouraged to contact their airlines directly to rebook tickets. The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix is scheduled to reopen to commercial flights on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

October 2, 2017 – Seaborne Airlines and Cape Air have resumed flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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