Virgin Gorda Airport

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Virgin Gorda Airport
Virgin Gorda Airstrip.jpg
IATA: VIJICAO: TUPW
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator BVIAA
Serves Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
Location British Virgin Islands
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 18°26′44″N 64°25′41″W / 18.44556°N 64.42806°W / 18.44556; -64.42806Coordinates: 18°26′44″N 64°25′41″W / 18.44556°N 64.42806°W / 18.44556; -64.42806
Map
VIJ is located in British Virgin Islands
VIJ
VIJ
Location in the British Virgin Islands
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 945 3,100 Dirt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Virgin Gorda Airport (IATA: VIJICAO: TUPW) is an airport on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The airport is owned and operated by the Government of the VI (UK). The government purchased the airport from Little Dix Bay Resort for $2.9 million in 2005. The runway at the airport was an unpaved sand and gravel airstrip for many years.

In January, 2010 the airport was closed for major construction work.[2] It reopened in December, 2010 as an Uncertificated Airport with Limitations and Restrictions put in place by the ASSI regulatory agency. It is currently restricted to a small handful of airlines that must be fully approved by both ASSI and the FAA to operate at the field.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Sunshine Saint Thomas, San Juan
Cape Air San Juan
Seaborne Airlines San Juan

Historically, Virgin Gorda was served in the past by American Eagle with this service being operated by Executive Airlines on behalf of American Airlines from San Juan (SJU). This regional air carrier became a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and flew CASA 212-200 twin turboprop aircraft into the airport. Sunaire flying as Eastern Express [3][4] on behalf of Eastern Airlines served Virgin Gorda as well. This wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Airlines operated de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter STOL (short take off and landing) turboprop aircraft.

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Sunshine Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, San Juan, Vieques
Island Birds

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for Virgin Gorda Airport at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  2. ^ Gay Nagle Myers (April 6, 2010). "Virgin Gorda Airport could reopen in November". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  3. ^ http://www.twinotterarchive.com/DHC-6_269.html#N928MA_14061987
  4. ^ http://www.twinotterarchive.com/DHC-6_211.html

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