George F. L. Charles Airport
|George F. L. Charles Airport|
|IATA: SLU – ICAO: TLPC|
|Operator||Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||22 ft / 7 m|
George F. L. Charles Airport (formerly Vigie Airport) (IATA: SLU, ICAO: 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.
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 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 however, jet service to this airport is still rarely seen most by the Bombardier Challenger 300 or Cessna Citation. 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.
The following airlines fly passenger services to George F. L. Charles Airport:
|Air Caraïbes||Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre|
|Caribbean Airlines||Port of Spain|
|LIAT||Antigua, Barbados, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, Grenada, Port of Spain, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Sint Maarten, Dominica|
|Inter Caribbean Express||Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Port of Spain, Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent|
|St Barth Commuter||Saint Barthélemy|
|Trans Anguilla Airways||Anguilla|
The airport houses the George Charles Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority. and, has General Aviation Services located at the right of runway 9. Also, the airport only offers an NDB approach to runway 9 however, approaches to runway 27 is rarely seen and must be done by a visual traffic pattern. Approaches to runway 27 are difficult due to rising terrain, wind patterns and the fact that there is a school and a heavily populated area in the flight path therefore, pilots must have a last minute, steep nose down attitude before landing.
- Airport information for TLPC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- "St Lucia government press release concerning re-naming" (Press release). stlucia.gov.lc.
- "George Charles Oustation." Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority Retrieved on 23 December 2012.