St Croix airport in 2023
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (IATA: STX, ICAO: TISX, FAA LID: STX) is located 6 miles SW of Christiansted on St Croix. It is the main airport on St Croix and uses the STX airport code. As of 2023, STX airport in 2023 is served by three major domestic carriers, regional airlines, as well as cargo and military aircraft. Luckily, Villa Margarita is conveniently located only 8 miles / 15 minutes from STX!
STX Arrivals and Departures
STX airport arrivals are very fast and easy; just 5 minutes after the plane doors open, you’ll probably already be outside at the open-air baggage claim.
After your arrival and bag pick-up, head to the airport rental car booths to the left of the baggage claim to pick up your car.
Departures are equally smooth but it is especially important to remember that STX airport check-in counters have a hard close 1 hour before a flight so you are advised to arrive at STX at least 2 hours before your flight.
Many visitors assume because it is a US airport, domestic rules apply for airport departures. They do not. Definitely, remember you have to go through US Customs and of course TSA plus probably return a rental car. Accordingly, this can all add up but if you plan well in advance and relax, and your St Croix airport arrivals and departures will be a breeze. (Unfortunately we’ve already have a few of of our own guests forget this and miss their flights!)
STX Airport Facilities
As of 2023, the STX airport terminal has working hours from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Consequently, it’s our favorite of all US Virgin Islands airports. Perhaps St. Thomas airport (STT airport code) is busier, but we like the simple easy-going style of St Croix airport better.
For example, there are free Cruzan rum samples upon arrival at the Rum Kiosk! Such a friendly welcome to a friendly island.
STX airport code means you are in St Croix 🙂
In terms of amenities, STX airport is a typical island airport: very limited. Inside after you check in, there is a only a small gift & liquor shop. There is a snack counter where you can get some St. Croix airport food. They serve the food basics like hamburgers, hot dogs, bagged snacks, but don’t expect the range of airport food options you’d find in most the US.
You can also buy duty-free items like rum and other alcohol drinks but be warned that the prices are at least 30% higher than outside St. Croix airport. Also, there is an ATM machine.
Outside, there is a only a small waiting area with no place to sit. Furthermore, there are also no airport food facilities, coffee shops or airport bar outside. So keep this in mind if you’re arriving to meet someone. Consequently, you might want to bring some food to the airport as a snack.
St. Croix Airport Map
Here is the St. Croix airport map, curtesy of Google. Click on the map to navigate on a smartphone.
St. Croix Airport Terminal Map
STX Airport Parking
There is short-term parking at the airport, which in 2023 costs only $2/hour with a daily maximum of only $10. Long-term parking rates are lower.
Airlines flying to St. Croix
Here’s a list of which airlines fly out of St. Croix:
- Jet Blue (mainly to/from San Juan Airport code SJU)
- American Airlines (to/from Miami airport code MIA, and seasonally from Charlotte airport code CLT)
- US Airways
- Delta (seasonal from mid-Dec until mid-May to/from Atlanta airport code ATL)
- Seaborne Airlines (to/from St Thomas airport code STT, St Juan airport code SJU)
- LIAT (to/from Antigua airport code ANU and St Maarten airport code SXM)
- Cape Air (to St Thomas Airport code STT, San Juan, and Vieques)
- Norwegian Air Shuttle (seasonal, direct flight to/from Copenhagen airport code CPH)
- Fly the Whale: a small operator flying from between St. Thomas (STT) and St. Croix (STX)
STX Airport Rental Cars:
Click here to find more on St Croix car rentals including contact information.
STX Airport transportation: taxis and buses:
St. Croix airport taxis can take you anywhere you want to go, but we definitely recommend getting rental car, unless you plan to spend most your time inside a resort or hotel.
The St Croix Taxi Association provides service to the while island. Click here for St Croix taxi rates. Taxi rates as of 2023 to key destinations are summarized here, showing the base rate for 2 passengers and fee for each additional passenger in parentheses ( ):
Buccaneer $30 ($15)
Cane Bay $30 ($15)
Carambola $30 ($15)
Chenay Bay $32 ($17)
Christiansted $24 ($14)
Divi Carina Bay $36 ($18)
Frederiksted $18 ($9)
Gentle Winds $26 ($14) next to Villa Margarita
Green Cay $33 ($17)
La Grange $23 ($12)
Sandy Point $23 ($12)
Salt River $26 ($14) next to Villa Margarita
Shoy’s Estate $30 ($15)
Sion Valley $23 ($12)
Sunny Isle $18 ($9)
Tamarind Reef $32 ($17)
Additionally, there is a public bus system called VITRAN which services various parts of the island. Buses run between Christiansted and Frederiksted about every 2 hours daily from 5:30 am and 9 pm. Furthermore, they have A/C which is nice. However, there is no service on Sundays. Bus service is also available at the airport to Christiansted and Frederiksted, with a fare is $1/person. But honestly, the bus system is not very reliable, so you’re much better off renting a car. After all, there is not much point coming to paradise just to wait at the bus stop, now is there?
Uber St. Croix US Virgin Islands
As of 2023, there still is no Uber service operating in St. Croix or any of the US Virgin Islands (including no Uber in St. Thomas or St. John).
Another reason why a rental car makes sense.
St. Croix Airport FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Yes. The main airport is the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport located on the South Shore of of the island. The St. Croix airport code is STX. There is also a small seaplane terminal located on the boardwalk in downtown Christiansted. Its airport code is SSB.
Yes, all passengers need to clear US customs upon leaving St. Croix and returning home.
Arrive 2 hours before your flight, and 2.5 hours if you have checked bags.
NOTE: check-in counters close sharply at 60 minutes before a flight, so don’t get stranded!
There is no TSA pre-check at St. Croix Airport (STX airport code) in US Virgin Islands.
As of 2023, there is “variable” Global Entry service at St. Croix airport. There may be a sign for GE but no dedicated line. There are no kiosks, so you’ll need to interact with a live CBP officer in any event. And sometimes even if there is a GE line, it may be longer than the normal line.
There is only 1 airport terminal at St. Croix’s main airport (Henry E. Rohlsen airport).
No. As of 2023, Uber and Lyft DO NOT OPERATE in St. Croix or any US Virgin Islands.
There is a small duty-free shop in the departure are where you can buy goods and gifts to take home, like Cruzan rum or cosmetics. Just don’t expect a huge selection of goods like you’d find at a major US airport. And remember that “duty free” doesn’t mean low price: for example, rum at the duty-free St. Croix airport departure terminal will be 30% more expensive than you can buy in a supermarket. Airport prices are airport prices, after all. 😐
U.S. residents visiting the island of St. Croix, including children, can return to the mainland with $1,600 worth of duty-free imports every thirty days. This twice the usual $800 limit on other islands and territories, so take advantage of it. If you happen to go over your $1,600 allowance, you’ll only pay 6% on the next $1,000 of purchases.
There’s also a special deal on rum purchases. U.S. residents over the age of 21 can buy rum anywhere on island and return home with five bottles of liquor duty-free, or six if one is produced locally. Cruzan Rum Visitor’s Center will pack your 6 bottles nicely into carrying box with a handle ready for transport. Airport staff all know how to handle the box and importantly it does not does count as an additional piece of luggage, so you won’t have to pay extra to take it home with you.
Outside of the airport, you can find duty-free shopping in Christiansted here:
Rouge Duty Free:
Address: Shopping Center, Rte 75 Unit #2, Christiansted, St Croix 00820, U.S. Virgin Islands
Hours: Opens 9 AM
Rouge Duty Dree #2
Address: Shopping Center, Rte 75 Unit #2, Christiansted
Hours: opens 9 AM
Baci Duty Free
Address: 1235 Queen Cross St, Christiansted
Hours: opens 10:30 AM
In departures there is a snack counter serving St. Croix airport food. They serve hamburgers, hot dogs, bagged snacks, pizza and sometime fried chicken, sandwiches and wraps.
For arrivals there is no food or drink facilities, which makes waiting for someone to arrive not very convenient.
Watch the President of the US Leave on Air Force One from St Croix Airport STX in US Virgin Islands in January 2023!
STX Airport Reviews
Here are the 2023 latest reviews from the web about St Croix airport:
Book a Flight to STX in 2023
There are a number of good online websites to find tickets to St Croix.:
Click here for more on cheap flights to St. Croix.
St Croix airport history:
The terminal is about 180,000 ft2 with 10 gates. Interestingly, the airport in St Croix USVI covers 1,450 acres, which includes a runway of 10,004 x 150 feet. Originally, the US Army 6th Air Force stationed its 12th Bombing Squadron at an airfield called Benedict Field. As a note, antisubmarine patrols flying B-18 Bolo aircraft from November 8, 1941 to November 10, 1942 used this field.
Originally, when a public airport terminal was built in September 1948, it was named the Alexander Hamilton Airport, after Alexander Hamilton who was born on St. Croix. However in 1996, the airport was renamed the “Henry E. Rohlsen Airport“, to honor Henry Rohlsen, a Virgin Island native who was one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Consequently the airport terminal underwent a renovation and expansion in 2002, and the runway was extended once again to allow even larger planes to service the island.
Henry E. Rohlson Airport Expansion 2021-2022:
A major STX airport expansion and modernization was announced in 2020. It aims to make St. Croix airport a modern US airport with style and convenience.
Here are some airport videos providing a view of the architectural design and plan of the airport expansion:
Video on STX Airport Modernization Plan
Update on Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Expansion
This October 2022 video provides and update on the STX Airport modernization plan and progress:
Airport Cargo Services:
- United Parcel Service
- Bob Lynch Trucking, Moving and Storage
- Fleming Transport
- US Post Office
- Four Star Aviation Inc.
Fuel & Maintenance Services:
- Eagle Wings Flight Academy
- Bohlke International Airways
- St Croix Airpark
- H&H Avionics
Flight Training Schools:
Airport address: Virgin Islands Port Authority, P.O.Box 301707, St. Thomas, VI 00803-1707, Virgin Islands
Here you can find more info about the Henry E Rohlsen Airport:
Main Airport contact telephone and emails: Assistant Executive Director & Airport Manager David W. Mapp Tel: (340) 778-1012 Fax: (340) 778-1033
The official St. Croix airport website can be found here
Time zone: GMT -4
Airport telephone: +1 340 774-1629
Operating company: Virgin Islands Port Authority
Henry E. Rohlsen airport statistics in 2023
Flight distribution per day: Monday (15%), Tuesday (13%), Wednesday (14%), Thursday (13%), Friday (14%), Saturday (16%), Sunday (15%)
Most popular flights from St. Croix:
SJU: San Juan – Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
STT: St. Thomas (Virgin Islands)
MIA: Miami International Airport
Typical flight time to St Croix USVI:
Miami (MIA to STX): 2 ½ hrs
New York (JFK to STX): 4 hrs direct
San Francisco: 10 hrs
Houston: 8 hrs
San Juan: (SJU to STX): 30 minutes (San Juan a principal gateway for USVI)
|IATA: STX – ICAO: TISX – FAA LID: STX|
|Owner||Virgin Islands Port Authority|
|Serves||St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands|
|Elevation AMSL||74 ft / 23 m|
Nearest airports to Henry E Rohlson / St. Croix airport:
St. Thomas Airport (Cyril E. King airport): STT airport code, 45 miles
St. John airport (a small waterplane airport): STJ airport code, 43 miles
Are you looking for more information about the Henry E Rohlsen Airport which is located on St Croix Island in the US Virgin Islands? Trying to locate or track flights to STX? Here are some additional resources for tourists and travelers to the Saint Croix:
- official Virgin Islands Port Authority website
- FlightStats: track flights in & out of STX airport
- FourSquare: traveler tips and advice on STX
- National Weather Service: find the current weather at STX airport
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