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Douglas–Charles Airport
Main terminal building of Douglas–Charles Airport on the Caribbean island of Dominica.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Dominica
OperatorDominica Air & Sea Ports Authority
ServesMarigot and Roseau.
LocationDominica
Elevation AMSL73 ft / 22 m
Coordinates15°32′49″N 061°18′00″W / 15.54694°N 61.30000°W / 15.54694; -61.30000Coordinates: 15°32′49″N 061°18′00″W / 15.54694°N 61.30000°W / 15.54694; -61.30000
Websitedouglascharlesairport.com
Map
DOM is located in Dominica
DOM
DOM
Location in Dominica
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,756 5,761 Asphalt
Source: WAD[1] Google Maps[2] SkyVector[3]

Douglas–Charles Airport (IATA: DOM, ICAO: TDPD), formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, is an airport located on the northeast coast of Dominica, 2 mi (3.2 km) northwest of Marigot. It is about one hour away from the second largest city Portsmouth. It is one of only two airports in the island nation of Dominica, the other being Canefield Airport located three miles (5 km) northeast of Roseau.

History[edit]

The Melville Hall area was chosen as the site for Dominica's main airport in 1944, for it was the only place on the island with extensive flat land.[4] It was only after the completion of the Cross-Country Roadway connection from Belles to Marigot, in 1958, that work on the airport began.[4][5] The facility opened on 22 November 1961, and was first served by Douglas DC-3 Dakotas operated by BWIA.[5]

Three airlines were operating scheduled passenger service with turboprop aircraft into the airport in late 1979 including Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) with Hawker Siddeley HS 748 flights nonstop from Antigua, Fort de France, Pointe a Pitre and St. Lucia as well as direct, no change of plane HS 748 flights from Barbados, Grenada, Port of Spain and St. Vincent; Air Martinique with nonstop Fokker F27 service from Fort de France; and Air Guadeloupe with nonstop de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter service from Pointe a Pitre.[6]

Historical Jetliner Service[edit]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), two airlines were operating scheduled passenger jet service into the Melville Hall Airport in the spring of 1995: Carib Express with nonstop British Aerospace BAe 146-100 jet flights from Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Lucia; and Liberty Airlines with nonstop Boeing 727-200 jet service to St. Kitts and St. Lucia as well as direct, one stop 727 service to Fort Lauderdale.[7] The OAG also lists scheduled passenger service at this same time flown by LIAT into the airport with de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprops nonstop from Antigua, Fort de France, Pointe a Pitre, and St. Maarten as well as direct, no change of plane Dash 8 flights from Anguilla, Port of Spain, St. Lucia, San Juan, PR and Tortola.[8]

Airport Expansion[edit]

In 2006 an airport expansion and upgrade program began which entailed the expansion of the terminal building to include a new departure lounge, customs and immigration section, and check-in area. The runway and apron were also extended and new night landing and navigational aids were installed. These enhancements had an extended completion date of mid-2010.[9]

The first-ever night landing was conducted on 9 August 2010 by Winair.[10] Regular night landings at the airport began on 20 September 2010; the first flight, from LIAT, flew from V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.[11]

Renaming of airport[edit]

The airport was renamed from Melville Hall Airport to Douglas–Charles Airport on 27 October 2014 in honour of Prime Ministers Rosie Douglas and Pierre Charles.[12]

Douglas-Charles Airport
Avianca Airbus A320 Neo
Gate 1
American Eagle at Ground-Level Gate 1.
Deplaning AA at Gate 1.
MD80 at the Douglas Charles Airport

Commercial Jetliner Service[edit]

On July 22, 2021, American Airlines announced a new, twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Miami and Dominica, which began on December 8, 2021. The service is operated by its American Eagle affiliate Embraer 175. This marked the first non-stop commercial service between the United States and Dominica. The initial service operated twice weekly until 10 January 2022, when it increased to thrice weekly. As of April 5, 2022, flights now operate once daily.[13]

Government of Dominica in talks with other airlines

Many sources have stated that the government of Dominica is in talks with various airlines - including Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines - for new service options to Canada, and the Northeastern United States.[14][15][16][17]

Special/Notable Airliner Visits[edit]

On April 4, 2020, an Avianca Airbus A320neo arrived at the airport with medical supplies and equipment from Paramaribo. After offloading the cargo, the aircraft left shortly after for Bogota. The aircraft was the largest Airliner to ever land at the airport.[18]

The airport has also handled other Airliners and Cargo aircraft of similar sizes in the past.

A Canadian North Boeing 737-500, which operated as a Charter for a soccer team.

On Monday, October 14, 2013, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 operated by Danish Air Transport in collaboration with Coca Cola arrived on the island, carrying the FIFA World Cup Trophy.[19]

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, a United States Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III arrived with cargo and other humanitarian equipment.[20]

Amerijet was once a frequent operator at the airport with its Boeing 727-200F, until the airline retired the type in 2018.

Passenger Gates[edit]

With the recent commencement of service to Miami operated by American Airlines, a ground-level Passenger gate system was implemented.[21]

  • The terminal currently has 3 ground-level gates.

Airlines and their respective gates are as follows:

Runways & Taxiways[edit]

The airport features one five-thousand-seven-hundred-and-sixty-one-foot runway. Runway 09 has a 1, 158 foot Displaced Threshold due to the rising terrain to the west of the airport, with an available landing distance of 4,603 feet. It's only authorized for visual approaches, and landings at night are prohibited. Runway 27 departures are prohibited.[22][23]

  • Runway 09 - Visual Approach - HIRL available
  • Runway 27 - RNAV Approach - HIRL available - SALS - Has a PAPI System at ( angle 3.00°)
Number Length Width Notes
09/27 5,761 feet (1,756 m) 148 feet (45 m) Equipped with Night Landing Instrumentation

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Air Antilles Barbados, Castries, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Sint Maarten [24]
Air Sunshine Antigua, Barbados, Castries, Nevis, Saint Croix, Saint Kitts, Saint Thomas, San Juan [25]
American Eagle Miami[26] [27]
Caribbean Airlines Barbados, Port of Spain [28]
Executive Air Charter: Antigua, Barbados, Castries, Grenada [29]
Fly Montserrat Charter: Montserrat
InterCaribbean Airways Barbados, Castries, Tortola
Charter: Antigua, Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Havana, Providenciales
[30]
LIAT Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts [31]
Silver Airways San Juan [32]
St Barth Commuter Charter: Saint Barthélemy
Trans Anguilla Airways Charter: Anguilla
Winair Seasonal: Sint Maarten [33]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Air Cargo Carriers Antigua, Barbados, Castries, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Thomas, St. Vincent–Argyle, San Juan, Tortola [34]
Ameriflight Antigua, San Juan, St. Kitts [35]
DHL Aviation Antigua, Castries, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port of Spain, San Juan, St. Vincent–Argyle [36]
FedEx Feeder Antigua, San Juan [37]
IBC Airways Seasonal: Aguadilla [38]

Statistics[edit]

Busiest international flights out of Douglas Charles Airport by frequency as of 2022[39]
Rank Destinations (operated by) Frequency (weekly) Carriers
1  Barbados 11 Air Antilles, Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways, Liat
2  Saint Lucia 8 Air Antilles, InterCaribbean Airways
3 Miami 7 American Eagle
4  Tortola 7 InterCaribbean Airways
5  Guadeloupe 7 Air Antilles
6  Puerto Rico 3 Silver Airways
7  Saint Thomas 3 Air Sunshine
8  Sint Maarten 3 Air Antilles, Winair
9  Antigua and Barbuda 2 Liat
10  Trinidad and Tobago 1 Caribbean Airlines

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

  • An Air Anguilla Cessna 402 impacted terrain west of the airport, killing all 11 on board, on 23 August 1998.[40]
  • On Saturday 11 August 2007, a Learjet 35 business jet ran off the runway suffering extensive damage.[41]
  • On Tuesday 4 December 2012, an Amerijet Boeing 727 cargo jet overran the runway, no reported damage or injuries.[42]
  • On April 8, 2019, a British Aerospace 4100 Jetstream 41, registration HI1038, crash-landed at Douglas Charles Airport, Commonwealth of Dominica, after a commercial flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. There were no fatalities.[43]

Other facilities[edit]

The airport houses the Dominica Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.[44]

Navigation[edit]

The airport offers an RNAV approach only on Runway 27. Landings on Runway 09 are strictly visual.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport information for TDPD". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ "Douglas-Charles Airport". Google Maps. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Douglas Charles - International Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Honychurch, Lennox (2005). "Development and Welfare". The Dominica Story (3rd ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-333-62776-8.
  5. ^ a b Cracknell, Basil E. (1973). Dominica. David & Charles Ltd. pp. 103–4. ISBN 0-8117-0531-5.
  6. ^ 1 Dec. 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), North American Edition, Dominica flight schedules
  7. ^ 2 April 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), North American Edition, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia & Fort Lauderdale flight schedules
  8. ^ "LIAT the caribbean airline".
  9. ^ "Melville Hall Air Access Improvement Programme - Ministry of Public Works and the Digital Economy".
  10. ^ Staff (11 August 2010). "First Ever Night Landing Conducted at Melville Hall Airport". Dominica Central Newspaper. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Night Landing: Night Landing comes to the Douglas Charles Airport".
  12. ^ "It is now Douglas-Charles Airport". Dominica News Online. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  13. ^ "American Airlines Launching Nonstop Flights to Anguilla and Dominica". 26 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Dominica looks for three more U.S. Airlines to arrive in the country". 28 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Dominica in discussion with airlines to expand international flights".
  16. ^ "Dominica May Soon be Welcoming More International Flights".
  17. ^ "Dominica Hoping New International Airport Will Elevate It to Major Caribbean Destination". 15 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Avianca Airbus A320-251N | Medical Cargo | Dominica Douglas Charles Airport". YouTube.
  19. ^ "FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Dominica". 14 October 2013.
  20. ^ "U.S Air Force || Boeing C-17 Globemaster III | Dominica Douglas Charles Airport - YouTube". YouTube.
  21. ^ "Dominica Douglas–Charles Airport | Nicosia | AirlineSim".
  22. ^ "Melville Hall Airport".
  23. ^ https://ww2.jeppesen.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/TDPD.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  24. ^ "Destinations". Air Antilles. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Schedule". Air Sunshine. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  26. ^ https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article252976498.html[bare URL]
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  28. ^ "Destinations". Caribbean Airlines. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  29. ^ "Destinations". Executive Air. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  30. ^ "Flight Schedules". InterCaribbean Airways. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  31. ^ "Schedule". LIAT Airlines. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  32. ^ "Schedule". Silver Airways. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  33. ^ "Schedule". Winair. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  34. ^ "Destinations". Air Cargo Carriers. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  35. ^ "Destinations". Ameriflight. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  36. ^ "Destinations". DHL. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  37. ^ "Destinations". FedEx Feeder. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  38. ^ "Destinations". IBC Airways. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  39. ^ All international routes from DOM-flightradar24 Totals calculated on 6/28/22 using raw data available at source.
  40. ^ "NTSB Identification: ATL98RA119". NTSB.
  41. ^ "Accident: Private Learjet 35A runway excursion".
  42. ^ "Aircraft stuck at Melville Hall". Dominica News Online. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  43. ^ "Accident: Sky High JS41 at Dominica on Apr 8th 2019, runway excursion on landing".
  44. ^ "Dominica Outstation." Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 23 December 2012.

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