ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- A 9% drop in air arrivals since
last fall led the Virgin Islands Port Authority to hike landing and
passenger fees by 35% at its airports in St. Croix and St. Thomas,
effective Oct. 1.
VIPA executive director Gordon Finch said the measure is part of
the Port Authority's 2003 fiscal year budget.
The per-passenger fee will increase to $3.50 from $2.59;
aircraft fees will jump to $3.38 from $2.50 per 1,000 pounds of
Even without the hike, airlines already pay higher rates to land
in the USVI than in neighboring Puerto Rico and the British Virgin
Expected to be affected most by the increase are small regional
carriers such as Cape Air, which has several daily flights between
Puerto Rico and the USVI
The increased fees will be reflected in passenger ticket prices
as they are now.