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Maurice Bishop International Airport
IATA: GND – ICAO: TGPY
Maurice Bishop International Airport is located in Grenada
Maurice Bishop International Airport
Location of airport in Grenada
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Grenada Airports Authority
Location St. George's, Grenada
Elevation AMSL 41 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 12°00′15″N 061°47′10″W / 12.00417°N 61.78611°W / 12.00417; -61.78611
Website www.mbiagrenada.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,003 2,744 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF

Maurice Bishop International Airport (IATA: GND, ICAO: TGPY), formerly known as Point Salines International Airport, is located in the parish of St. George's. The town of St. George's is about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the airport and is the capital of the island nation of Grenada. The airport is located on Point Salines, the most southwestern point of the island.

History

The unfinished airport was chosen as the jump off point for the invasion of the Island by the United States to restore order there after hard-line pro-Communist elements within Grenada’s government and military seized power in October 1983. More than 500 Rangers from 1st and 2nd Battalions of the United States Army 75th Ranger Regiment conducted a risky daylight low altitude parachute assault onto the airport. Despite resistance from Grenadian armed forces (PRA - People's Revolutionary Army) and Cuban forces (NOT Cuban regular military forces - but armed construction workers.), the Rangers secured all of their objectives on the airfield quickly. The seizure of the airfield allowed United States Air Force C-141 transport planes to land and unload paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division.

The building of the airport — designed to replace the obsolete Pearls Airport on the north side of the island — was cited by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as evidence that the Grenadian government intended to allow it to be used as a way point for Soviet military aircraft en route to Cuba. He buttressed this claim with the evidence that it was being built, in part, by Cuban workers. The contention that the airport had any military function was vehemently denied by Grenada’s Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. Bishop and his government contended that the Point Salines airport was intended to make the island more accessible to European and North American tourists. The long range jets that carried such tourists could not land on the short and geographically difficult runway at the existing airport, Pearls. As a result, tourists bound for Grenada had to put up with the delays, expenses and perceived risks of changing to smaller planes flown by regional carriers. The Grenadian government said they hoped their tourist trade would dramatically increase if direct flights from Europe and North America were possible. The airport itself was designed by a Canadian firm and the construction contracts were awarded to mostly European contractors.

The event that precipitated the U.S.-led invasion of Grenada was not the construction of the airport, but, rather, a violent coup in which Prime Minister Bishop was killed. The American justification for the invasion was the perceived threat to American medical students at St. George's University, whose campus is a short distance from the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

Facilities

The airport resides at an elevation of 41 feet (12 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 10/28 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,003 by 148 feet (2,744 × 45 m).

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines serve Grenada:

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson [seasonal]
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson [seasonal]
American Airlines Miami
American Eagle San Juan
British Airways Barbados, London-Gatwick
Caribbean Airlines operated by Air Jamaica New York-JFK
Condor Frankfurt, Porlamar [seasonal]
Delta Air Lines New York-JFK
LIAT Barbados, Canouan, Port of Spain, St Vincent, Tobago
Monarch Airlines London-Gatwick
SVG Air Canouan, Carriacou, Union Island
Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Gatwick

Cargo carriers

  • Amerijet (Trinidad, Miami, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo)
  • DHL (St.Vincent, Trinidad)
  • FedEx (St.Vincent, Aguadilla)
  • LIAT Quikpak (St.Vincent, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad, Canouan)


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General Info
Country Grenada
ICAO ID TGPY
Time UTC-4
Latitude 12.004247
12° 00' 15.29" N
Longitude -61.786192
061° 47' 10.29" W
Elevation 41 feet
12 meters
Magnetic Variation 014° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City St. Georges
Island Group Grenada I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.9
GND 121.9
APP 119.4


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10/28 9003 x 148 feet
2744 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME GND POINT SALINES 118X 117.1 At Field -
NDB GND POINT SALINES - 362 At Field -


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL A1 ( Avbl 1000-0230Z, Chevron USA Inc, Texaco West Indies, Ltd. 473-444-4133, OTPN rqr $30 per hr, $120 min. 473-407-1399.); (NC-100LL).
OPR HOURS Opr 1000-0230Z.
RSTD Rgt hand tfc pat Rwy 10. No VFR ngt. Acft med to hvy jet must use turning bay.All acft must shutdown eng for disembarking and embarking PAX.



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