Just 15 miles west of Red Hook on the island of St. Thomas is the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA), which is also one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. This airport, which has 11 terminals and an asphalt runway measuring 7,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, is set on 280 acres of land and serves as the hub for almost all air travel within the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
After you land, you will have to take a taxi or rent a car before you can reach Red Hook. 15 Miles is not a far drive, though, so the taxi fare will be relatively cheap. Additionally, if you (like many) are simply spending some time in Red Hook before catching a ferry to St. John or the the BVI, then renting a car may cost more than its worth, as renting a car in your final destination will be cheaper than renting here and taking a car-ferry.
Many large cities in the United States including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, Newark, and Philadelphia offer direct flights to St. Thomas is only one or two connections away. Additionally, nearly all the major airlines have flights coming into Cyril E King Airport, so if have a loyalty or rewards card, you will have no problem finding a flight you qualify for.aboard major air carriers. The large selection of cities and airlines means that no matter where you live, a flight to
The following table will tell you which airlines offer scheduled flights from U.S. cities and the airports from which they are flying. Online booking engines don't necessarily list the most logical options so it's useful to see at a glance which airlines provide direct service to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Spirit Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, WestJet|
While direct flights from Canada and Europe are a bit harder to come by, the US cities on the list are large enough that you can expect a continuous flow of international flights coming in. From there, you will just need to book a connection.
If you are flying from within the Caribbean, or are planning to island hop a little, you will not be disappointed by the opportunities. Destinations from Sint Maarten are represented, connecting all the islands in the region.to
You might recognize one or two of the airlines that offer Caribbean-centered service to Cyril E King Airport, but for the most part it will be local airlines doing the work. Companies likeand pick out sections of the Caribbean that they focus on, and luckily, the US Virgin Islands seems to be in a luck spot. While you will not be able to get everywhere in the Caribbean from St. Thomas, with just one or two transfers you could be any island you wish.
See below for airline service from airports in the Caribbean region. Even if there aren't any flights directly from your preferred airport, connecting through another regional airport might prove to be a very good solution.
|Anegada, British Virgin Islands||NGD||VI Airlink|
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||Hummingbird Air, LIAT|
|Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||SBH||Tradewind Airlines|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Jet Blue, United Airlines|
|Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis||NEV||Air Sunshine, Hummingbird Air|
|Roseau, Dominica||DCF||Hummingbird Air|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Air Sunshine|
|Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda||VIJ||Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, VI Airlink|
|St. Croix, US Virgin Islands||STX||Cape Air, Hummingbird Air, Seaborne Airlines|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||LIAT|
|Vieques, Puerto Rico||VQS||Air Sunshine|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Hummingbird Air, VI Airlink|
|Christiansted, St. Croix||SSB||Seaborne Airlines|
Flying into St. Thomas is a very convenient option, and unless you are already in one of the islands connected to St. Thomas via ferry, it is the best way to ultimately reach Red Hook.
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