Gustaf III Airport
|Gustaf III Airport|
Saint Barthélemy Airport
St. Jean Airport
Aérodrome de St Jean
|Operator||Mairie de St Barthélemy|
|Hub for||Tradewind Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||48 ft / 15 m|
Source: French AIP
Gustaf III Airport (IATA: SBH, ICAO: TFFJ), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, sometimes as St. Jean Airport (French: Aérodrome de St Jean), is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy.
Both the airport and the island's main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1784 (it was sold back to France in 1878). In 1984, Swedish Minister of Communications, Hans Gustafsson, inaugurated the terminal building of the Gustaf III Airport.
The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight throughout the northern West Indies and as a curiosity, the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 is the largest aircraft ever allowed to operate at this airport. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle; departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway). The airport is located at the island's second-largest town, St. Jean.
The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks Gustaf III airport, which is casually referred to as "St. Barth's", as the third most dangerous airport in the world. This YouTube video of a tourist almost hit by a Cessna 172 highlights the close confines of airport and traffic.
Airlines and destinations
|DHL Aviation||Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica-Canefield(to resume), Fort-de-France, Grenada, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Croix, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Trinidad|
- TFFJ – Saint Barthélemy. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 19 July 2018.
- Great Circle Mapper – Gustaf III Airport (SBH / TFFJ)
- Most Extreme Airports; The History Channel; 26 August 2010
Media related to Gustaf III Airport at Wikimedia Commons