Gustaf III Airport also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport is a public use airport in the town of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy is located. Both the airport and the island capital of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, with the Swede won the island from France in 1785 (it was sold back to France in 1878). 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 around Saint Barth and in the northern West Indies. The short takeoff and landing runway will you land at the base of a gentle slope on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and exit planes fly directly over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not directly at the end of the runway).