George F. L. Charles Airport

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George F. L. Charles Airport
George F.L Charles Airport, Castries St Lucia, Runway View, Aug2014.jpg
IATA: SLUICAO: TLPC
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority
Location Saint Lucia
Elevation AMSL 22 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 14°01′13″N 060°59′35″W / 14.02028°N 60.99306°W / 14.02028; -60.99306Coordinates: 14°01′13″N 060°59′35″W / 14.02028°N 60.99306°W / 14.02028; -60.99306
Map
SLU is located in Saint Lucia
SLU
SLU
Location in Saint Lucia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,898 6,227 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 120,185
Passenger change 11–12 Decrease2.4%
Aircraft movements 11,595
Movements change 11–12 Increase0.7%
Source: DAFIF[1]2012 SLASPA Statistics

George F. L. Charles Airport (formerly Vigie Airport) (IATA: SLUICAO: TLPC) is the smaller of two airports in Saint Lucia, the other being Hewanorra International Airport. It is located 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Castries, the capital city. George F. L. Charles Airport is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). Its runway runs parallel to a pristine beach, Vigie Beach, which is a popular tourist attraction.

History[edit]

George F. L. Charles Airport was renamed on 4 August 1997 in honor of Saint Lucia politician Sir George Frederick Lawrence Charles (1916–2004).[2]

Traffic[edit]

On average, George F. L. Charles Airport handles 32,000 flights per year carrying 394,000 passengers. Most of the airlines operate flights primarily with turboprop aircraft such as the ATR 72-500 or de Havilland Canada Dash 8 DHC-8-300. Smaller air carriers also operate flights with prop aircraft. The airfield currently does not have any scheduled jet service however, British West Indies Airways (BWIA) did operate flights with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliners into the airport in the past before this airline became Caribbean Airlines. Caribair (Puerto Rico) also formerly operated jet service from the airfield with Douglas DC-9-30 jetliners while this airline was in existence. Currently, jet service to this airport is still rarely seen, and are mostly Bombardier Challenger 300 or Cessna Citation aircraft. All airline jet service into St. Lucia including transatlantic international flights are currently operated via the Hewanorra International Airport located on the southeast portion of the island.

Vigie Beach, immediately opposite the Airport Check-in and Departure lounge area

Airlines[edit]

The following airlines fly passenger services to George F. L. Charles Airport:

Airlines Destinations
Air Antilles Fort-de-France
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air France
operated by Air Antilles
Seasonal: Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Caricom Airways Paramaribo
Corsair
operated by Air Antilles
Seasonal: Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Hummingbird Air Dominica-Canefield, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas
LIAT Antigua, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominica-Melville Hall, Fort-de-France, Port of Spain, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FlyMontserrat Montserrat
Inter Caribbean Express Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Port of Spain, Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent
Mustique Airways Mustique, Union Island
Rainbow International Airlines Anguilla
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthélemy
SVG Air Canouan, Mustique, Union Island
Trans Anguilla Airways Anguilla
VI Air Link Beef Island

Cargo services[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight
DHL Aviation
FedEx Express
Liat Quikpak
UPS Airlines
Merlin Airways
Mountain Air Cargo

Other facilities[edit]

The airport houses the George Charles Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.,[3] General Aviation Services, and the Island Flyers Club.

Navigation[edit]

The airport offers an RNAV, and NDB approach for only runway 9, landings on runway 27 are strictly visual.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for TLPC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ "St Lucia government press release concerning re-naming" (Press release). stlucia.gov.lc. 
  3. ^ "George Charles Oustation." Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority Retrieved on 23 December 2012.