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Terrance B Lettsome Intl Airport



Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
IATA: EIS – ICAO: TUPJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator BVIAA
Serves Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Location Road Town
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 18°26′41″N 064°32′35″W / 18.44472°N 64.54306°W / 18.44472; -64.54306Coordinates: 18°26′41″N 064°32′35″W / 18.44472°N 64.54306°W / 18.44472; -64.54306
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 4,642 1,415 Asphalt

Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (IATA: EIS, ICAO: TUPJ), previously known as Beef Island Airport, is the main airport serving the British Virgin Islands, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. The airport serves as the gateway to just about all of the islands within the BVI. Many travelers fly into Beef Island, with the intention of taking the ferry to the other smaller British Virgin Islands. The airport is located on Beef Island, a small island off the main island of Tortola, to which it is connected by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.


Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport from Above
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport from Above

The Terrance B. Lettsome airport underwent a major $55 million renovation in 2004. After dredging was completed the runway was expanded allowing larger planes into the BVI. These planes are not the large jumbo jets one could expect flying into St. Thomas or Puerto Rico. They are merely 64 passenger turbo prop airplanes, used for regional flying only. This renovation was the largest capital project ever at that time.

Some of the highlights of the project include:

  • A new 46,000 sq. ft. terminal building
  • An enlarged flight apron
  • A new control tower
  • 3700 ft. runway extension
  • New airport road with expanded parking(150 parking stalls)

There is a $20 departure tax for anyone over the age of five years old.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle operated by Executive Air San Juan
BVI Airways Antigua, Dominica, Sint Maarten
Cape Air San Juan
LIAT Antigua, Sint Maarten
Winair operated by Briko Air Services Sint Maarten

Charter

Airlines Destinations
Anguilla Air Services Anguilla
BVI Airways Anguilla, Barbados, Nevis, Santo Domingo, St Kitts, St Lucia
FlyMontserrat Montserrat
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthélemy
Trans Anguilla Airways Anguilla

Accidents and incidents

  • On 5 April 1971, Douglas C-47A N57372 of Vinair was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident at Beef Island Airport. The aircraft was operating an international cargo flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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General Info
Country British Virgin Islands
ICAO ID TUPJ
Time UTC-4
Latitude 18.444834
18° 26' 41.40" N
Longitude -64.542975
064° 32' 34.71" W
Elevation 15 feet
5 meters
Magnetic Variation 013° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
BEEF ISLAND TWR 118.4
BEEF ISLAND GND 121.9


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 4642 x 89 feet
1415 x 27 meters
ASPHALT 013FCXT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB BFI TERRANCE B. LETTSOME - 360 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS), octane unknown.


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz. Ocnl windshear on apch Rwy 07, when winds are fr S and SE.
FUEL (NC-100LL,A1)
OPR HOURS Opr 1100-0200Z.
RSTD Ngt opr PPR.



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