Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

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Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (Tower).jpg
IATA: STXICAO: TISXFAA LID: STX
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner United States Port Authority
Serves St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Elevation AMSL 74 ft / 23 m
Coordinates 17°42′16″N 064°48′06″W / 17.70444°N 64.80167°W / 17.70444; -64.80167Coordinates: 17°42′16″N 064°48′06″W / 17.70444°N 64.80167°W / 17.70444; -64.80167
Map
STX is located in Saint Croix,  US Virgin Islands
STX
STX
Location in Saint Croix
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 10,004 3,049 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 13,672
Based aircraft 31
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (IATA: STXICAO: TISXFAA LID: STX) is a public airport located six miles (10 km) southwest of Christiansted on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.[1] The airport is named after Henry E. Rohlsen, a St. Croix native who was one of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

It is a small international airport that hosts mainly inter-Caribbean flights. The airport, which was a hub for Aero Virgin Islands in the 1970s and 1980s, has the capability to receive jets up to the size of the Boeing 747s. In 1996, Alexander Hamilton International Airport was renamed Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.

History[edit]

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force stationed the 12th Bombardment Squadron (25th Bombardment Group) at the airport for antisubmarine patrols flying B-18 Bolo aircraft from November 8, 1941 to November 10, 1942.

Historically, a number of airlines operated scheduled passenger jet service into St. Croix in the past. These air carriers included Air Florida with Douglas DC-9-10s, Caribair with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s, Eastern Airlines with Boeing 727-100s, 727-200s and 757-200s, Midway Airlines with Boeing 737-200s, Pan Am with Boeing 727-200s and Trans Caribbean Airways with Boeing 727-200s.[2] One air carrier that has served St. Croix for many years is American Airlines. In 1974, American was serving the airport with Boeing 707 and Boeing 727-100 jetliners with nonstop flights to New York City.[3] In 1994, American was operating Airbus A300-600R wide body jets into St. Croix with nonstop service to Miami.[4] A Boeing 747 carrying relief supplies during the aftermath of Hurricane Marilyn landed at the airport.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Henry E. Rohlsen Airport covers an area of 1,455 acres (589 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (10/28) measuring 10,004 ft × 150 ft (3,049 m × 46 m). For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2013, the airport had 36,287 aircraft operations, an average of 99 per day: 68% air taxi, 25% general aviation, 6% scheduled commercial and 1% military. In the same period, there were also 36 aircraft based at this airport, including 11 single-engine, 15 multi-engine, 5 jets, four military aircraft and one helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Miami
Cape Air Saint Thomas, San Juan, Vieques
Coastal Air Dominica-Canefield, Nevis, Sint Eustatius
Delta Airlines Seasonal: Atlanta (begins December 20, 2014)
Hummingbird Air Dominica-Canefield, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten (begins October 2014), Saint Kitts (begins October 2014)
JetBlue Airways San Juan
LIAT Antigua, Sint Maarten (resumes October 29, 2014)
Privilege Style Seasonal charter: Billund (begins November 2014), Copenhagen (begins October 2014)
Seaborne Airlines San Juan, Saint Thomas
Sea Flight Airlines Saint Thomas
US Airways Seasonal: Charlotte

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest from St. Croix to U.S. and its territories
(STX inbound & outbound passengers) (February 2012 – January 2013)[5]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 San Juan 77,080 American Eagle, JetBlue, Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air
2 Miami 77,060 American Airlines
3 St. Thomas 35,040 Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, Seaflight
4 Charlotte 2,000 US Airways
5 Vieques 2,000 Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Express San Juan
FedEx Express San Juan
UPS Airlines San Juan

Incidents[edit]

  • On July 24, 1979, Prinair Flight 610 crashed shortly after takeoff from Alexander Hamilton Airport. One crew member and seven passengers were killed.[6]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for STX (Form 5010 PDF), effective July 5, 2007
  2. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Official Airline Guides (OAGs) dated Nov. 15, 1979 and July 1, 1983; http://www.airchives.net, Caribair system timetables; http://www.timetableimages.com, July 7, 1969 Trans Caribbean Airways system timetable
  3. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 1, 1974 American Airlines system timetable
  4. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 1, 1991 Official Airline Guide (OAG), St. Croix-Miami schedules
  5. ^ "Data Bank 28IS – T-100 and T-100(f) International Segment Data, U.S. and Foreign Air Carriers Traffic and Capacity Data – 6-Month Restricted (U.S. Point and Foreign Point): January 2012 CD". 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network

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