For those of you traveling from the Cyril E. King Airport in the near future, we may have some bad news for you.
We received an email from a News of St. John reader last week alerting us of much longer “recommended” check in times at the airport. The email stated that American Airlines was now suggesting travelers arrive three hours prior to their flight … three hours?! That’s a long time at the airport.
We did a little research, and unfortunately, it is true. According to American Airlines’ website, travelers should arrive 180 minutes in advance when traveling from the St. Thomas airport. In addition, the check in counter will close 90 minutes prior to flight time. That means that if you need to check a bag or have a carry on but have not checked in prior to arriving at the airport, you will not be able to check in or check a bag.
Here’s the accompanying letter that was sent in the email we received:
And from what we hear, American Airlines is strictly enforcing this at the St. Thomas airport. If anyone has experienced this first-hand in the past week or so, please let us know.
On a happier note, I flew on JetBlue from St. Thomas last week and it was a breeze. I arrived about an hour in advance with no checked bags and breezed right through customs and security in less than 10 minutes. Oh and I didn’t have to fill out a customs form, which was great. Click here to read more about that.