The Virgin Islands Port Authority alerts travelers that the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal’s air conditioning system is not working at full capacity, resulting in warm temperatures inside the terminal. VIPA has hired Custom Builders to install two new 400-ton air conditioning chillers to permanently resolve this problem. The installation began on Monday, July 15; it will be completed by early August. The new chillers and labor costs to install the equipment total $1.8 million.
The Port Authority has also contacted Trane, which is the company that has the contract to service the existing chillers. Trane is based in Puerto Rico, and they are expected to be on St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 17, to begin repairs.
Executive Director Carlton Dowe apologizes on behalf of the V.I. Port Authority for the inconvenience and assures the public that the contractor will work as quickly as possible to install the new chillers. The public will be kept informed of all future developments.