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V. C. Bird International Airport

V. C. Bird International Airport (IATA: ANU, ICAO: TAPA) is an international airport located on the island of Antigua, 8 km (5.0 mi) northeast of St. John’s, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda.

V. C. Bird International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority
Location St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
Hub for
  • ABM Air
  • FlyMontserrat
Elevation AMSL 62 ft / 19 m
Coordinates 17°08′12″N
Location in Antigua

Location in Antigua
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,038 9,967 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 981,159
Passenger change 17-18 NA
Aircraft movements 38,305
Movements change 17-18 NA


The former terminal, now used as offices

The former terminal, now used as offices

The airport originally was operated by the United States Army Air Forces.

The airport was built as a United States Army Air Forces base around 1941, and named Coolidge Airfield after Capt. Hamilton Coolidge (1895–1918), a United States Army Air Service pilot killed in World War I.

Flying units assigned to the airfield were:

  • 35th Bombardment Squadron (25th Bombardment Group) 11 November 1941 until November 1942
  • 12th Bombardment Squadron (25th Bombardment Group) 23 November 1943 until 24 March 1944
  • 4th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (Antilles Air Command) 21 May until 5 October 1945

Renamed Coolidge Air Force Base in 1948, it was closed as a result of budgetary cutbacks in 1949, with right of re-entry retained by the United States. Agreements were subsequently reached with the United Kingdom and, later, the Antigua government upon independence, for the establishment and maintenance of missile tracking facilities. Antigua Air Station was established on a portion of the former Coolidge AFB. As of 2011, NASA continues to utilize the Antigua facility for launch tracking services on an as-needed basis; and did so for the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory on 26 November 2011.

Upon the closure of the base in 1949 it became a civil airport. It was known as Coolidge International Airport until 1985, when it was named in honor of Sir Vere Cornwall Bird (1910–1999), the first prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

In December 2005, the Antigua and Barbuda Millennium Airport Corporation announced it would invite tenders to construct the first phase of a new passenger terminal designed to serve the airport for 30 years. In 2012, they announced the construction of its second terminal.

The new terminal became operational on August 26, 2015. All flights operate from the new facility. The terminal covers 23,000 square meters (247,570 square feet), with four jet bridges, modern security screening facilities, up-to-date passenger processing and monitoring facilities, and a CCTV security system. It contains 46 check in counters, 15 self-check in kiosks, 5 baggage carousels, mini food court, multiple VIP lounges, bank, retail stores, first class lounges, restaurants, and other facilities. Other improvements included a newly constructed car park; parallel to the old terminal, along with other airport offices.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
ABM Air Barbuda, Montserrat
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Charlotte
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Milan–Malpensa
British Airways London–Gatwick, Tobago, St Kitts, Providenciales
Caribbean Airlines Kingston–Norman Manley, Port of Spain
Caribbean Helicopters Barbuda, Dominica–Canefield, Montserrat, Nevis, Saint Kitts
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
FlyMontserrat Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis
InterCaribbean Airways Tortola
JetBlue New York–JFK
Seaborne Airlines San Juan
Sky High Aviation Services Santo Domingo–Las Americas
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthelemy
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Tradewind Aviation Saint Barthelemy
United Airlines Newark
VI Airlink Tortola
Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow (begins 28 October 2020)
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Winair Sint Maarten, St. Barthelemy


Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight San Juan
Amerijet International Miami
DHL Aviation San Juan, St. Maarten
FedEx Feeder San Juan, Dominica-Douglas–Charles

Other facilities

  • The Antigua Outstation of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority is on the airport property.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 10 May 2004, a LIAT de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 flight made an emergency landing after one of its wheels fell off shortly after takeoff. The flight operated by the Antigua-based airline had departed from St. Maarten en route to St. Kitts when one of its wheels reportedly fell off. The Dash 8-311 turboprop was diverted to Antigua and was able to land safely on its three remaining wheels, without causing damage to the aircraft. None of the 24 passengers and three crew members were injured. The airline has launched an investigation into the incident.
  • On 12 November 2008, a LIAT de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 circled around V. C. Bird International Airport in Antigua following reports of landing gear malfunction. The de Haviland Dash 8 -311 aircraft should have landed at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts, but was diverted to Antigua because of the problem. It turned out that the landing gear was in order, but the indicators in the cockpit gave a reading that there was a fault. Firefighters, medical personnel and police were on alert but, after clearance, the aircraft landed safely with its 42 passengers and three crew members.
  • On 7 October 2012, FlyMontserrat Flight 107, a FlyMontserrat Britten-Norman Islander took off and later crashed a few feet off the runway, killing the pilot and 2 of the 3 passengers onboard. due to significant contamination of the aircraft’s fuel by water.

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General Info
Country Antigua & Barbuda
Time UTC-4
Latitude 17.136749
17° 08' 12.30" N
Longitude -61.792667
061° 47' 33.60" W
Elevation 62 feet
19 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 014° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City St. Johns
Island Group Antigua I
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.2
GND 121.9
1000-0200Z on VOR/DME
APP 119.1

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 9003 x 148 feet
2744 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME ANU V C BIRD 092X 114.5 At Field -
NDB ZDX V C BIRD - 369 1.3 NM 194.9

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Numerous kites flown abv 400' on both sides of final apch to Rwy 07 btn 5-7 DME.Turb on apch Rwy 07 when wind S or SE. All VFR flights within the V C Bird TCAand CTLZ must maintain continuous two-way radio communication.
FUEL A1 ( Avbl 1000-0200Z dly, Chevron USA Inc, Texaco West Indies, Ltd., $50 per hr OT fee, min $200, C268-462-3235); (NC-100LL), WAI avbl.
JASU 1(MD-3A). Air Cart sometimes avbl fr coml source.
MISC Antiguan Auth req mil acft not arr btn 1600-2000Z due to large volume of coml tfc. If arr must be dur this time, ctc Antiguan Security (985-222) prior to dep todetermine fueling feasibility.
NS ABTMT (See FLIP AP/1, Sec 4).
RSTD PPR, exc regularly sched AMC Chan, Antigua AS Comdr, DSN 854-1110, C407-494-1110. Ask Patrick AFB opr for Antigua extn 222. PPR and flw on flt advsy should be accomplished 72 hr in advance. At the INT of Rwy 07-25 and the decom Rwy 10-28, hvy acft should make CCW turns fr Rwy 07 and CW turns fr Rwy 25 to avoid jet blasting prk areas. All tfc cros Rwy 07 fr the W use clsd Rwy 10 or parl twy, hold at Y line for green lgt for clnc. All tfc cros Rwy 07 fr the E use clsd Rwy 10 hold at Y line for green lgt for clnc.
TFC PAT Entry/Exit fix BEVAD ( N17 35.75' W60 50.30', ANU VOR/DME R076/61.9). Acft apchfr SW remain abv 1600'.

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