Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, is the larger of the island’s two airports and is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA).
The airport is a Fire Category 9 airport that handles 500,000 passengers a year and has the capability to handle the Boeing 747, Airbus A330, Airbus A340 and other similar aircraft. Aircraft maintenance there is carried out by Caribbean Dispatch Services.
Hewanorra International Airport was originally named Beane Army Airfield and was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force and used in World War II. Beane Field was activated in early 1941 with a mission to defend Saint Lucia against an enemy attack.
The former USAF base was then refurbished and converted into a commercial airport. There is a disused northeast/southwest runway north of the main east-west runway that was part of the military airfield. it is in poor condition, along with a few dispersals.
The airport is situated on the main highway running north to south on the island, and is served by all taxi companies on the island. The trip to Castries takes about an hour – an hour and a half – road conditions are currently acceptable. Local buses are also available but services are infrequent.
Beyond Immigration and Customs on departure you will find a small selection of duty free shops for locally made goods as well as the usual cigarettes and spirits and a couple of snack bars.
Facilities: The airport has a few shops and bars, a branch of the Bank of St Lucia with an ATM machine, and a bureau de change which opens between 12 and 4.30pm. There are good facilities for disabled passengers.
Departure tax: EC $68 for all passengers over 12 years old, $35 for local nationals.