Hewanorra International Airport

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Hewanorra International Airport
Ground Servicing at Hewanorra International, Vieux Fort St Lucia.jpg
IATA: UVFICAO: TLPL
WMO: 78948
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority
Location Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 13°44′00″N 060°57′09″W / 13.73333°N 60.95250°W / 13.73333; -60.95250Coordinates: 13°44′00″N 060°57′09″W / 13.73333°N 60.95250°W / 13.73333; -60.95250
Website http://www.uvfairport.com/
Map
UVF is located in Saint Lucia
UVF
UVF
Location in Saint Lucia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,744 9,003 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 16 60 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 620,401
Passenger change 14–15 Increase1.11%
Aircraft movements 13,492
Movements change 11–12 Increase2.0%
Source: DAFIF[1] 2012 SLASPA Statistics

Hewanorra International Airport (IATA: UVFICAO: TLPL), located near Vieux Fort Quarter, Saint Lucia, in the Caribbean, is the larger of Saint Lucia's two airports and is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). It is on the southern cape of the island, about 53.4 km (33.2 mi) from the capital city, Castries.

The airport is a Fire Category 9 facility that handles 500,000 passengers a year and can accommodate Boeing 747, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Boeing 777, and other long-range intercontinental aircraft. Aircraft maintenance is carried out by Caribbean Dispatch Services. The country's smaller airport, George F. L. Charles Airport, is located in Castries and handles inter-Caribbean passenger flights, which are operated with turboprop and prop aircraft.

History[edit]

Main article: Beane Air Force Base

Hewanorra International Airport was originally named Beane Army Airfield and was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces' Sixth Air Force during World War II. Beane Field was activated in early 1941 with a mission to defend Saint Lucia against an enemy attack.

The former base was then refurbished and converted into a commercial airport. There is a disused northeast/southwest runway north of the main east-west runway that was part of the military airfield. It is in poor condition, along with a few dispersals.

The name of the airport is an Amerindian word meaning "[land of the] iguana", referring to what the Island Caribs called Saint Lucia.[2]

Expansion[edit]

Officials have proposed a new terminal building at Hewanorra to accommodate Saint Lucia's growing tourism industry. It is envisaged that the new terminal would be more than twice as large as the current facility, equipped with 6 to 8 jet bridges and a proposed 13 parking positions, including one stand capable of handling the Airbus A380. Currently, the airport has seven parking positions: two for wide-body aircraft, two behind those, and three for medium-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 757.

Under a master plan, the runway will also be widened. At 2,745 metres (9,000 ft), Hewanorra's runway is already long enough to handle most commercial aircraft. However, its 45.72-metre (150.0 ft) width is insufficient to handle the Airbus A380, which requires 60.96 m (200.0 ft) from shoulder to shoulder and a length of at least 3,050 m (10,000 ft). There are also plans to exploit a disused concrete runway to the north of the airport, which was built by the American military during World War II and could be recommissioned as a taxiway for cargo operations and access to hangars. One proposal is to move cargo operations to the north side of the airport, putting in all the requisite infrastructure as well as two stands for aircraft up to Boeing 747 freighter size.

Runway and taxiways[edit]

Virgin Atlantic A330 arrival from London-Gatwick

The airport uses a single east-west runway, connected by two taxiways at its midsection, with turning bays at the end for back-tracking. As a result of the trade winds that blow northeast across Saint Lucia, all aircraft usually arrive and depart in an easterly direction. This results in a typical flight path for arriving aircraft along the west coast of Saint Lucia, while departing flights usually fly along the east coast of the island. On relatively rare occasions, weather disturbances such as passing hurricanes or tropical systems may force planes to take off or land in a westerly direction.

The airport is equipped with RNAV, VOR/DME, and NDB approaches.

Other facilities[edit]

The airport houses the Hewanorra Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

American Airlines A319 taking off from Hewanorra International Airport
JetBlue Airways A320 preparing for departure to New York-JFK
American Airlines 757 from the airport's control tower
Delta Air Lines 737 ground handling from the airport's control tower
WestJet 737 at the airport's secondary parking spots
Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami
Seasonal: Philadelphia
British Airways London-Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: New York-JFK
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK
Seasonal: Boston
Sunwing Vacations
operated by Sunwing Airlines
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester
Thomson Airways London–Gatwick (begins May 4, 2017)
Transat Holidays
operated by Air Transat
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
Virgin Atlantic London-Gatwick
WestJet Toronto-Pearson

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airawak Fort-de-France
Air Century Seasonal: Punta Cana
Air Sunshine San Juan
BVI Airways Tortola
Caricom Airways Paramaribo
FlyMontserrat Montserrat
Grenadine Airways Saint Vincent
Mustique Airways Mustique
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthélemy
SVG Air Bequia, Canouan, Union Island
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick (begins November 12, 2016)[4]
VI Air Link Beef Island

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Barbados, Grenada, Miami, Port of Spain, Saint Vincent
DHL Aviation Port of Spain

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Quebecair flight 714, a charter flight from Toronto, crashed on its approach to Hewanorra International Airport on 19 February 1979. Wind shear caused the aircraft to halt its descent. The copilot, who was flying at the time, retarded the throttles, but the aircraft had just passed the wind shear zone, and the nose slammed into the runway and bounced twice, destroying the nose landing gear. There were no fatalities and only minor injuries. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and was written off.

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