Grand Case-Espérance Airport

L'Espérance Airport
Grand Case Airport

Aérodrome de Grand-Case Espérance
Passengers deboard an Air Caraïbes ATR 72 at L'Espérance Airport (2015)
Airport type Public
Operator Mairie de Saint-Martin
Serves Saint-Martin
Location Grand-Case
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 18°06′02″N 063°02′56″W / 18.10056°N 63.04889°W / 18.10056; -63.04889Coordinates: 18°06′02″N 063°02′56″W / 18.10056°N 63.04889°W / 18.10056; -63.04889
Location in Saint-Martin
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,200 3,937 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 192,260
Passenger Change 13-14 3.2%
Sources: French AIP,[1][2]

L'Espérance Airport[3][4] (IATA: SFG[2], ICAO: TFFG[1]), also known as Grand Case Airport (French: Aérodrome de Grand-Case Espérance), is a public use airport located in Grand Case, on the French side (Saint Martin) of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The airport is used only for smaller aircraft for regional flights, as Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) on the Dutch side (Sint Maarten) of the island is the larger airport served by all major carriers including to international destinations.

Joint border control with the Kingdom of the Netherlands

In 1994, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France signed the Franco-Dutch treaty on Saint Martin border controls, which allows for joint Franco-Dutch border controls on so-called "risk flights". After some delay, the treaty was ratified in November 2006 in the Netherlands, and subsequently entered into force on 1 August 2007. Though the treaty is now in force, its provisions are not yet implemented as the working group specified in the treaty is not yet installed.


Since official opening of the new control-tower PJIA Air Traffic Controllers have two radar systems at their disposal with a range of 50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi) and 250 NM (460 km; 290 mi). PJIA air traffic control manages 4,000 sq nmi (14,000 km2; 5,300 sq mi) of airspace around the airport. Besides providing approach, tower and ground control at PJIA, Juliana air traffic services also provides approach control for L'Espérance and for Wallblake Airport (Anguilla), Gustaf III Airport (St. Barths, French West Indies), F.D. Roosevelt Airport (St. Eustatius, Netherlands) and Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba, Netherlands).

Runway and facilities

Incoming aircraft approach the island on short final for runway 12 over the bay of Grand-Case, with a corresponding view. When wind direction changes, which is common, incoming airplanes approach the island on short final for runway 30, in the opposite direction.

Larger aircraft such as the ATR 72-500 powerback after lining up on the runway for departure, due to the short runway.

The regional Espérance Airport at Grand Case allows the quickest transfers for commercial inter-island aircraft and for private aircraft. Operators are required to give a 24-hour notice to the Airport Authorities before landing.

Airlines and destinations

The following commercial airlines provide scheduled passenger service:[3]

Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Caraïbes Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France
St Barth Commuter Saint Barthélemy

Charter: Dominica-Canefield

Trans Anguilla Airways Charter: Anguilla


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