Traveling to St. Thomas by Airplane

Flying into St. Thomas is the first step many travelers will take when coming to the Virgin Islands

Just four miles from the capital city of Charlotte Amalie is the Cyril E King Airport (CEKA). As a hub for air traffic to all of the Virgin Islands, it is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. The airport is set on 280 acres of land, has one asphalt runway measuring 7,000 feet long by 150 feet wide, and it has 11 gates. Although the airport is officially open and in operation 24 hours a day, terminals only accept flights from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. when air traffic control and emergency rescue services are on site and available.

Flying to St. Thomas from the US

In order to travel to St. Thomas by air, you can fly directly from many of the larger cities in the United States including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Many of these options are seasonal, but Miami flies to St. Thomas year-round.

In fact, St. Thomas is the best place to land when flying from the United States into the Virgin Islands. With the largest number of US options, and an equally impressive number of flights going to and from other Caribbean cities, Cyril E King Airport is the hub of air travel for all of both the USVI and the BVI.

For those who live in the United States the following list may be helpful. Not all flights you will find listed on the web are logical options so it can be useful to know which airlines fly directly 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

If you are traveling to St. Thomas from a city in the U.S. that does not have a direct flight to the island, or from Canada, Europe, South America, or the Middle East, you can fly to one of the major U.S. Cities that does offer a direct flight, or you also have the option of connecting at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on the island of Puerto Rico. Prices and flight times will likely be the factor that helps you decide which option is most convenient for you.

Flying to St. Thomas from the Caribbean

The airport also services numerous regional flights from around the Caribbean, and often acts as the connection point for the British Virgin Island of Tortola.

In addition to Cyril E King Airport, there is another St. Thomas based air option for visitors. Seaborne Airlines operates seaplanes out of Charlotte Amalie that fly directly to St. Croix via Christiansted Harbour Seaplane Base. This is one of the few ways to reach St. Croix, and is also one of the fastest. There are thirteen round trips offered Monday through Friday, with the earliest plane leaving St. Croix at 6:40 am and the last plane leaving St. Thomas at 6:00 pm. This is a fun option where the trip is as much an adventure as the destination.

Check the chart below for a complete list of air service from other regional airports. Even if there aren't any flights from an airport near you, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean might be an excellent option.

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

If you are considering the option of an air charter, you can reserve one from these regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Air America Pick-up Service at STT (787) 276-5669 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie
Capitol Air (340) 777-9177 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters (340) 775-7335 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie
Fly BVI Pickup Service from STT (284) 495-1747 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie
Shoreline Aviation at STT (340) 642-3000 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie

Upon arrival, tourists can pick up their rental car at the airport, take a taxi to their local accommodations, or begin the connection process and head to other islands in the region. Many tourists will continue on to St. John via ferry (one of the main ways to access the island) and others might continue on to the British Virgin Island of Tortola, either by plane or ferry. Flights and ferries also connect to the island of St. Croix, which has its own airport that can accommodate international flights, but the timing and price tag of a flight that stops on St. Thomas first may be ideal at times.


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