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Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport

Terrance B Lettsome International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
ServesTortola, British Virgin Islands
LocationRoad Town
Elevation (16 ft)

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Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport , 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.

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. There are 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 46000 sqft (4273.5 m2). terminal building

*An enlarged flight apron

*A new control tower

*3700 ft (343.7 m2). 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.

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