FAA Proposes $477,000 Penalty Against Virgin Islands Port Authority

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $477,000 civil penalty against the Virgin Islands Port Authority for improper airfield maintenance at Cyril E. King International Airport (STT).   

The agency alleges that during airport inspections in 2021 and 2022, the FAA found numerous violations including but not limited to cracked runway and taxiway pavement; an improperly graded and drained runway safety area; obstructions in the runway safety area; faded, missing or incorrect runway and taxiway markings; inaccurate signs; damaged or missing runway edge lights; and failure to properly store, dispense and handle fuel. In addition, the Virgin Islands Port Authority failed to issue a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) informing air carriers of a runway issue at the airport, the FAA alleges. 
The Virgin Islands Port Authority has 30 days to respond to the FAA after receiving the agency’s enforcement letter.