Gustaf III Airport

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Gustaf III Airport
Saint Barthélemy Airport
St. Jean Airport

Aérodrome de St Jean
IATA: SBHICAO: TFFJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Mairie de St Barthélemy
Serves Saint Barthélemy
Location St. Jean
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 17°54′16″N 062°50′38″W / 17.90444°N 62.84389°W / 17.90444; -62.84389Coordinates: 17°54′16″N 062°50′38″W / 17.90444°N 62.84389°W / 17.90444; -62.84389
Map
Map of Saint Barthélemy showing location of airport
Map of Saint Barthélemy showing location of airport
SBH
Location of airport in Saint Barthélemy
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 650 2,133 Concrete
Source: French AIP[1]
Map of Saint Barthélemy with location of airport.

Gustaf III Airport[2] (IATA: SBH[2]ICAO: TFFJ[1]), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, sometimes as St. Jean Airport (French: Aérodrome de St Jean[1]), is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. Both the airport and the island's main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1784 (it was sold back to France in 1878).

In 1984, Swedish Minister of Communications, Hans Gustafsson, inaugurated the terminal building of the Gustaf III Airport.

The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight around Saint Barth and throughout the northern West Indies. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway). The airport is located in the island's second-largest town, St. Jean.

The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks Gustaf III airport, which is casually referred to as "St. Barth's", as the 3rd most dangerous airport in the world.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Antilles Express Pointe-à-Pitre
St Barth Commuter Antigua, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin
Tradewind Aviation Antigua, Saint Thomas, San Juan[4]
Winair Sint Maarten

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Anguilla Air Services Anguilla
Coastal Air Saint Croix
FlyMontserrat Montserrat
Kingfisher Air Services Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Fort-de-France, Grenada, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Croix, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Trinidad
St Barth Commuter Anguilla, Antigua, Baillif, Barbados, Barbuda, Canouan, Dominica, Dominica-Canefield, Fort-de-France, Fort Lauderdale, Grenada, La Romana, Mustique, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Saint Croix, Saint-François, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia-George F. L. Charles, Saint Lucia-Hewanorra, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Union Island, Virgin Gorda
Tradewind Aviation Antigua, San Juan, St. Thomas

World's Top 10 Airport Approaches[edit]

The airport has appeared twice in PrivateFly.com's polls to find the world's best airport approaches, ranking third in 2010[5] and sixth in 2011.[6]

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