Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (RLBIA)
Renovated in 1998, Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (formerly Golden Rock Airport) is widely acclaimed to be one of the best mid-sized airports in the Caribbean. Located just northeast of Basseterre, on the island of St. Kitts. It was named after Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw the first Premier of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla . Modern and attractive, the Airport features spacious arrival and departure lounuges, VIP suites, escalator and elevators and ramps for the disabled. Retail stores offer a variety of souvenirs and gift items, and food and beverages are provided by a restaurant and snack shops.
Measuring 2,317 metres long and 45 metres wide, the runway can accommodate aircraft up to B747 size, and is designed to handle commercial jets, cargo carriers, private jets and regional commuter flights. Having been further upgraded in 2006, the Airport now boasts three taxiways and parking for eight wide bodied jets.
There are scheduled services to the UK, Canada and the USA as well as many destinations within
the Caribbean. Carriers include American Eagle, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Sky Service and LIAT. Aircraft handling services such as air-start units, high-loaders, passenger stairs, and ground power units are offered on a rental basis.
There is ample accommodation for cruise ships at two dedicated berths at Port Zante in the heart of Basseterre’s waterfront area. These modern facilities are large enough to accommodate ‘Oasis’ class cruise ships as well as receive smaller pleasure craft. Port Zante is one of the few ports in the English-speaking Caribbean that can accommodate the world’s largest cruise vessels.
The pier is 1,100 ft long with a minimum depth alongside of 28 ft., and is designed to withstand the most powerful hurricane experienced in the islands over the past century. Both the pier and the adjacent marina are protected by a revetment. Dockside services include fresh water, minor repairs, pilotage, port security, shuttle service, stevedoring, storage facilities, slops reception and disposal of waste and garbage. A tender service is available by arrangement.
Visitors can enjoy a meal or go shopping at the Port Zante Shopping Complex which has a wide range of duty free outlets and craft stalls, restaurants, banking facilities, public telephones and a tourist information service.
Taxis and tours are available close by and the town centre of Basseterre is only a stroll away from the cruise ship terminal.
Most of the major cruise companies operating in the Caribbean call at St. Kitts. These include Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, P & O Cruises, Seabourn Cruises, Sea Cloud, Star Clippers and Windjammer.
Basseterre Ferry Terminal
The Basseterre Ferry Terminal has a pier of 200 ft and can accommodate three vessels that provide daily services between St. Kitts and Nevis. There are also chartered trips to St. Eustatius (Statia), Saba and St. Maarten.
Basseterre Cargo Port
Conveniently located on the Basseterre coast, the Deep Water Port, the main cargo handling facility for St. Kitts, can comfortably accommodate vessels over 900 ft long with a draught of 27 feet. Vessels up to 300 feet can berth at the Ro-ro pier which has a minimum depth of 19 feet. Twenty-four (24) hour pilotage service is available.
There is container storage next to each berth as well as reefer facilities and a spacious park to accommodate the Port’s growing traffic in containers. Two transit sheds, one dedicated to personal goods and the other to commercial cargo, provide some 175,000 sq ft of warehousing.
The main imports handled include building materials, cement, fuel oils, lumber, reefer cargo and vehicles. The main exports are alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Liner services are provided by Tropical Shipping, Bernuth, Seaboard Marine and Geest.