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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 14, 2024


The V.I. Port Authority on Tuesday will open a new wing of St. Croix's long under-construction Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.
Gordon Finch, Port Authority executive director, said the opening of the new section on the east end of the terminal, which houses a new baggage claim area and transportation facility, will also serve as an air-conditioned lounge for deplaning passengers waiting for taxi and shuttle service to hotels and other venues.
"We are all very excited about the opening of this wing, and I am just as anxious as the community to see this project completed," said Finch.
The $22 million-plus project to expand and modernize the airport terminal is about a year behind schedule. Renovations are expected to be completed by summer 2001.
Finch said that with the completion of the east wing, work on the west wing will begin "immediately."
Rental car agencies, taxi operators and the V.I. Tourism Department’s information booth will also begin operating out of the new east wing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, lengthening the airport’s runway from 7,600 to 10,000 ft. continues after work was halted for three months because dust from the project was affecting residents in a nearby neighborhood.
The $16-million runway project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2002. The current, and first, $3.1-million phase is expected to be completed in November. The federal government will fund 90 percent of this phase of the project, which will include clearing the property, excavation and storm drainage.
The U.S. Department of Transportation will award an additional $3.8 million in funds through 2001 for phase 5, which entails expanding the apron for a total of $5.9 million.

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