Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport

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Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
St. Kitts Airport Terminal from side.jpg
IATA: SKBICAO: TKPK
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator St Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority
Location Basseterre
Hub for Phoenix Airways
Elevation AMSL 170 ft / 52 m
Coordinates 17°18′41″N 062°43′07″W / 17.31139°N 62.71861°W / 17.31139; -62.71861Coordinates: 17°18′41″N 062°43′07″W / 17.31139°N 62.71861°W / 17.31139; -62.71861
Map
SKB is located in Saint Kitts and Nevis
SKB
SKB
Location on map of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,439 8,002 Asphalt
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Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (IATA: SKBICAO: TKPK) is an international airport located just northeast of Basseterre, on the island of Saint Kitts, serving the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It was named after the first Premier of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla (as it then was), Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw.

A major renovation was completed in December 2006. The US$17 million project financed by loans from the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank and Taiwan, includes expansion of the parking apron to accommodate six-wide-bodied aircraft at the same time, complete resurfacing of the 2,439 m (8,002 ft) runway and construction of a new taxi-way. Construction started late 2004. Up to 6 wide bodied jets can now be accommodated on the tarmac. The airport can accommodate commercial jumbo jets and handles scheduled non-stop jet flights to Canada and the United States, as well as numerous regional commuter flights from within the Caribbean area.

The largest aircraft now operating regularly scheduled service at SKB is the Boeing 777-200 from British Airways. The airport also provides facilities for cargo and private jets. The largest aircraft ever to land here was a Boeing 747-400. A chartered Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A340-300 made aviation history when they did a charter flight to St Kitts in 2011, a nearly 10,000-mile journey from Colombo-BIA, Sri Lanka.

In 2008, the airport handled 399,706 passengers.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK
British Airways London-Gatwick
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta
LIAT Antigua Saint Thomas, Sint Maarten
Phoenix Airways Barbados, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, San Juan, Tortola
Seaborne Airlines San Juan
US Airways Seasonal: Charlotte

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International
Ameriflight (for UPS
DHL
FedEx

Other facilities[edit]

The airport houses the St. Kitts Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 26 September 2009, British Airways Flight 2156 to V. C. Bird International Airport, Antigua, operated by Boeing 777–236 G-VIIR entered the runway through the wrong taxiway, prior to takeoff. This resulted in the aircraft having 695m less available for takeoff, compared to the correct taxiway entry. The takeoff was however completed normally with no injuries or other damages. The AAIB concluded in its report that the following factors contributed to the incident: "The airport authority had not installed any taxiway or holding point signs on the airfield. The crew did not brief the taxi routing. The crew misidentified Taxiway Bravo for Taxiway Alpha and departed from Intersection Bravo. The trainee ATCO did not inform the flight crew that they were at Intersection Bravo."[2]

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