Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport
|IATA: TAB – ICAO: TTCP|
|Owner||Tobago House of Assembly|
|Operator||Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago|
|Location||Crown Point, Tobago|
|Elevation AMSL||38 ft / 12 m|
|Source: Aerodrome charts|
A.N.R. Robinson International Airport (formerly, Crown Point International Airport) (IATA: TAB, ICAO: TTCP) is an international airport located on the island of Tobago. It is located in the southwesternmost part of the island, near the town of Canaan, and 11 km (6.8 mi) from the capital, Scarborough. It currently serves four weekly flights to the United Kingdom, one to Germany, one to New York-JFK and one to Stockholm. It is one of two international airports serving the twin isle republic. The other airport is located on the island of Trinidad, Piarco International Airport.
A.N.R. Robinson International Airport has been modified and expanded starting February 2004. The project is a part of Vision 2020 and includes:
- Construction of a new air traffic control tower - (PENDING)
- Taxiway repairs. Delayed due to Virgin Atlantic incident, completed a few months later. - (COMPLETED)
- A new airport landside transit mall - (PENDING)
- Upgrade of the electrical sub station at the south terminal - (COMPLETED)
- Modernization of the air traffic control facility. - (COMPLETED)
- A new domestic terminal. It handles flights arriving from Trinidad and around the region. - (COMPLETED)
- An Instrument Landing System. - (COMPLETED)
These works will ensure that Trinidad and Tobago maintains United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Category 1 (highest) status.
Plans for the construction of a new terminal at the airport were announced in the 2010-2011 budget presentation by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
A.N.R. Robinson International Airport has two terminals. The International Terminal was once both the regional and international passenger terminal for the airport but has been renovated to serve as an all-international terminal. It serves international cargo flights, general aviation and helicopter flights. It has seven aircraft parking positions. The Regional Terminal or North Terminal is the main passenger terminal for flights to and from the Caribbean and Trinidad. It handles all regional commercial and cargo passenger airline traffic. It has six aircraft parking positions.
Airlines and destinations
|British Airways||Antigua, London-Gatwick Boeing 777|
|Caribbean Airlines||New York-JFK, Port of Spain Boeing 737, ATR|
|Condor||Barbados, Frankfurt Boeing 767|
|Monarch Airlines||London-Gatwick Airbus A330|
|Novair||Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda Airbus A330|
|Virgin Atlantic||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Saint Lucia-Hewanorra Airbus A330|
To date, there have been no serious air incidents at the airport. A number of minor situations have occurred, including:
- 2005 - Tobago Express Dash 8-300, departing from Crown Point International, made an emergency landing at Piarco International Airport after the nose wheel failed to deploy. No deaths.
- 2007 - In October, both Crown Point International and Piarco International Airport were shut down for at least 2 days due to failed negotiations with the airport staff for better working wages. All flights operated through Crown Point and Piarco were canceled, severely disrupting passenger travel to Caribbean and international destinations.
- 2009 - Crown Point International and Piarco International Airports suffered massive delays and cancellations after aircraft fuel adulterated with sulphur was discovered, rendering the fuel unusable. Flights to and from both airports were either canceled or rescheduled.
- 2011 - A.N.R. Robinson International Airport was shut down at 8 p.m. on 11 August 2011 due to a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, G-VXLG, flight VS52 destined for Gatwick, London, which inadvertently encroached on a section of the airport taxiway that was undergoing repairs and was lit in red. As a result of the encroachment, one of the tires on the aircraft was blown out and the aircraft was disabled. The airport was closed while normal operations were restored, and the 452 passengers on board the disabled aircraft were disembarked.