Traveling to Red Hook by Airplane

While known for its ferry services, air travel still brings in many of the visitors to Red Hook

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.

Flying to Red Hook from the US

Many large cities in the United States including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, Newark, and Philadelphia offer direct flights to Cyril E King Airport aboard major air carriers. The large selection of cities and airlines means that no matter where you live, a flight 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.

If you're flying from the United States the following chart can be useful. The online booking services don't always list the least costly options so it can be helpful to realize which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.

Cyril E King Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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.

Flying to Red Hook from the Caribbean

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 Puerto Rico to Sint Maarten are represented, connecting all the islands in the region.

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 like Air Sunshine and LIAT 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.

Check below for scheduled air service from regional airports. If you can't take a flight directly from your preferred airport, making a connection through a regional airport might be a viable solution.

Cyril E King Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anegada, British Virgin Islands NGD VI Airlink
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB Hummingbird Air, LIAT
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine
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
Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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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