Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base

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Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base
St. Thomas Seaplane Base
Airport type Private
Owner Virgin Islands Port Authority
Location Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands
Elevation AMSL 0 ft / 0 m
Coordinates 18°20′19″N 064°56′27″W / 18.33861°N 64.94083°W / 18.33861; -64.94083Coordinates: 18°20′19″N 064°56′27″W / 18.33861°N 64.94083°W / 18.33861; -64.94083
VI22 is located in the Virgin Islands
Location in the Virgin Islands
Direction Length Surface
ft m
E/W 10,000 3,048 Water
N/S 4,000 1,219 Water
Statistics (2005)
Enplanements 71,555

Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base (IATA: SPBFAA LID: VI22), also known as St. Thomas Seaplane Base, is located in the harbor by Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This private-use airport is owned by the Virgin Islands Port Authority.[1]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, this seaplane base had 76,820 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2004 and 71,555 enplanements in 2005.[2]


Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base covers an area of 3 acres (12,000 m2) and has two seaplane landing areas:[1]

  • Runway E/W: 10,000 ft × 4,000 ft (3,048 m × 1,219 m), surface: Water
  • Runway N/S: 4,000 ft × 4,000 ft (1,219 m × 1,219 m), surface: Water

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Seaborne Airlines operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprop seaplanes between Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base on St. Thomas and Christiansted Harbor Seaplane Base St. Croix.

Historical Air Service[edit]

Historically, Virgin Islands Seaplane Shuttle[3][4][5] operated scheduled passenger service during the 1980s from the Charlotte Amalie seaplane base with Grumman Mallard aircraft. These Grumman amphibious aircraft were powered either by piston engines or by turboprop engines via a powerplant conversion program.[3] During the 1970s, Antilles Air Boats[6][7][8][9][10][11] operated several different types of seaplanes in scheduled passenger service from the harbor as well including the Consolidated PBY Catalina (Super Catalina version), Grumman Goose, Short Sandringham (S-25), Vought Sikorsky VS-44, and Grumman Mallard.

Renaming the seaplane terminal[edit]

The terminal was named the Charles F. Blair, Jr. [12][13][14][15][16] terminal in honor of Charles F. Blair, Jr., an aviation pioneer and the founder of the seaplane airline, Antilles Air Boats.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for VI22 (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2011-08-15
  2. ^ FAA Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data: 2005
  3. ^ VI Seaplane Shuttle
  4. ^ Virgin Island Seaplane Shuttle
  5. ^ V.I Seaplane Shuttle from
  6. ^ Antilles Air Boats on
  7. ^ Antilles Airboats on
  8. ^ Antilles Airboats on
  9. ^ Antilles Air Boats - St. Croix, U.S.V.I. - Cyril E.King Memorial Services 1978
  10. ^ Antilles Air Boats - The Earlier Years 1963-1970 - YouTube
  11. ^ Antilles Air Boats - The Earlier Years 1963-1970
  12. ^ Antilles Airboat Terminal
  13. ^ Seaplane Terminal Named for Charles Blair
  14. ^ A Remembrance of Capt. Charles F. Blair
  15. ^ Dedication Program
  16. ^ Seaports & Marine Facilities

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