The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is preparing for what is anticipated to be an unprecedented surge in holiday travel, as communicated by VIPA’s Executive Director, Carlton Dowe.
Dowe reports that both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and various airlines are projecting a record number of passengers this holiday season. This surge is expected to be reflected at the Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen Airports, as well as the ferry ports across the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In light of this, Dowe stresses the importance of travelers arriving at least three hours prior to their flight’s departure time. This is particularly crucial given the ongoing construction at Cyril E. King Airport, where parking is currently not available. Dowe recommends travelers consider being dropped off or using the complimentary public parking near the former Island Beachcomber Hotel.
At Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, while parking is available, Dowe cautions against parking along terminal curbsides, warning of potential fines or vehicle towing.
Regarding seaport operations, Dowe assures that passenger and car ferry services will run as usual during the holidays. He advises passengers to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early to avoid delays and to heed instructions from VIPA’s marine staff and security contractors for a smooth travel experience.
Dowe also reminds the public to observe all parking regulations at both airports and ferry ports, emphasizing that with the expected rise in traveler numbers, parking rules will be strictly enforced.
Concluding his announcement, Dowe extends his best wishes on behalf of the Virgin Islands Port Authority: “We wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season.”