The U.S. Virgin Islands welcomed a new fixed-base operator (FBO) on Wednesday with the opening of the Standard Aviation facility at St. Thomas Cyril E. King Airport.
The opening of the 28,000 sq-ft complex is the culmination of a four-year build which was made possible by a public/private partnership between the Virgin Islands Port Authority and Standard Aviation.
Included in the complex is a storm-proof 24,000 sq-ft hangar which can accommodate aircraft up to a Gulfstream G550. The heavily reinforced hangar was able to withstand Tropical Storm Isaias at the end of July, sheltering 21 aircraft—including a G200, G4, Falcon 2000, and a Falcon 900EX.
The Air Elite Network and Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) certified facility includes a two-story, 4,000-sq-ft terminal with passenger lounge; pilot lounge; shower facilities; flight-planning area; conference room overlooking the runway; and a fully appointed kitchen with a dishwasher, wine refrigerators, and ice machines; complimentary laundry; concierge services; and 24/7 U.S. Customs pre-clearance capability.
“Our team is elated to welcome jet owners, charter guests, and their crews to our world-class facility in the Virgin Islands,” said Shaun Miller, managing member of Standard Aviation. “For St. Thomas and numerous surrounding islands, there has not been an FBO to meet the expectations of modern, high-net-worth travelers. Standard Aviation raises the bar, enabling St. Thomas to compete with the world’s most lavish FBOs.”
“Tourism is vital to the Virgin Islands economy, and our premiere new facility is an important piece of that picture for the future,” said Sabina Rosario, general manager of Standard Aviation. “As Caribbean tourism steadily rebounds from the effects of COVID-19 and the previously relied upon cruise industry, visitors will exclusively select destinations where they can rely on exceptional facilities and five-star experiences. Our customer service team members undergo training and demonstrate the regional knowledge, to provide the concierge services that will make any client’s trip perfect.”
Standard Aviation is also active with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), exceeding the highest safety practices for aircraft fueling.