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.
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, the USVI and the BVI.is the hub of air travel for all of both
The following chart indicates which airlines fly from the states and the airports from which they are flying. The online booking services don't necessarily know about the best options so it's useful to see at a glance which airlines provide direct service to this location.
|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 theon the island of . Prices and flight times will likely be the factor that helps you decide which option is most convenient for you.
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.Charlotte Amalie that fly directly to St. Croix via . This is one of the few ways to reach St. Croix, and is also one of the fastest. This is a fun option where the trip is as much an adventure as the destination.operates seaplanes out of
Check the following table for a complete list of air service from regional airports. If there aren't any flights from a local airport, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean might be a fine option.
|Anegada, British Virgin Islands||NGD||VI Airlink|
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||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|
|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, Seaborne Airlines|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||LIAT|
|Vieques, Puerto Rico||VQS||Air Sunshine|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||VI Airlink|
|Christiansted, St. Croix||SSB||Seaborne Airlines|
Be sure to look at the following table to find out how to call one of the regional air charter services.
|(787) 276-5669||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie|
|(340) 777-9177||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie|
|(340) 775-7335||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie|
|(284) 495-1747||Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie|
|(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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