Gustaf III Airport

Gustaf III Airport
Saint Barthélemy Airport
St. Jean Airport

Aérodrome de St Jean
Airport type Public
Operator Mairie de St Barthélemy
Serves Saint Barthélemy
Location St. Jean
Hub for Tradewind Aviation
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 17°54′16″N 062°50′38″W / 17.90444°N 62.84389°W / 17.90444; -62.84389Coordinates: 17°54′16″N 062°50′38″W / 17.90444°N 62.84389°W / 17.90444; -62.84389
Location of airport in Saint Barthélemy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 650 2,133 Concrete
Source: French AIP[1]

Gustaf III Airport[2] (IATA: SBH[2], ICAO: TFFJ[1]), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, sometimes as St. Jean Airport (French: Aérodrome de St Jean[1]), is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy.


Both the airport and the island's main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1784 (it was sold back to France in 1878). In 1984, Swedish Minister of Communications, Hans Gustafsson, inaugurated the terminal building of the Gustaf III Airport.

The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight throughout the northern West Indies and as a curiosity, the Canadian-built de Havilland Dash 7 is the largest aircraft ever allowed to operate at this airport. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle; departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway). The airport is located at the island's second-largest town, St. Jean.

The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks Gustaf III airport, which is casually referred to as "St. Barth's", as the third most dangerous airport in the world.[3] This YouTube video of a tourist almost hit by a Cessna 172 highlights the close confines of airport and traffic.

Airlines and destinations


Air Antilles Pointe-à-Pitre
Anguilla Air Services Anguilla
Coastal Air Charter: Saint Croix
FlyMontserrat Charter: Montserrat
St Barth Commuter Antigua, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin
Charter: Antigua, Baillif, Barbados, Barbuda, Canouan, Dominica, Dominica-Canefield, Fort-de-France, La Romana, Mustique, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Saint Croix, Saint-François, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia-George F. L. Charles, Saint Lucia-Hewanorra, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
Tradewind Aviation Antigua, Nevis, Saint Thomas, San Juan
Charter: Antigua, San Juan, St. Thomas
Trans Anguilla Airways Anguilla
Winair Antigua, Sint Maarten, Saba


DHL Aviation Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica-Canefield(to resume), Fort-de-France, Grenada, Nevis, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Croix, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, San Juan, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Trinidad


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