Antigua Air Travel

Air travel to Antigua allows you to leave your worries behind

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Antigua, one of the British Leeward Islands, is known for the 365 white beaches that make up its coast. That alone makes Antigua a place to fly to any day of the year. Airlines offer direct and nonstop flights to its one major airport.


V.C. Bird International Airport, on the northern coast of Anguilla near St. Johns, is the primary hub for international and Caribbean entry into Antigua or Barbuda. Due to the steady increase in tourism to Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of Tourism decided to expand the size of V.C. Bird International Airport. Near the end of 2011, ground was broken just north of St. Johns to begin the construction of a new terminal. The terminal will be 165,000 feet long, and include three jet bridges, 20 immigration desks, and 26 check-in counters. The expansion is expected to be complete by September of 2014.

Flying into V.C. Bird International Airport from locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe is easy, with both non-stop and connecting flights servicing the island.

Flying to Antigua from the US

As you can imagine, most flights going into Antigua from the United States will be from cities on the east coast. Luckily, these big cities like New York, Atlanta, and Miami are major hub in the US, and it is very likely that your local airport has frequent (if not daily) flights to at least one of them.

The following table informs you of which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. and where they are flying from. Not all flights you will see on some booking engines are logical choices so it can be helpful to see a summary of which airlines provide direct service to this airport.

V.C. Bird International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, United Airlines

Flying to Antigua from Canada

Antigua provides Canadian residents plenty of options to fly into the island. Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary all have direct flights to V.C. Bird International Airport.

The following chart shows which airlines are flying directly from the Great White North.

V.C. Bird International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Calgary, Canada YYC Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

Flying to Antigua from Europe

Generally, those flying to or from Europe will need to make at least one connecting flight on their journey. Some may choose to fly to London or Frankfurt, both of which have direct flights to Antigua. However, many will simply make a connecting flight in the United States or other Caribbean island.

If you'll be traveling from Europe this list will be useful.

V.C. Bird International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Antigua from the Caribbean

VC Bird may not be as large as airports in Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, or the the Dominican Republic, but it still has a hefty selection of destinations.

See the table below for a listing of scheduled air service from other Caribbean airports. If there aren't any flights directly from an airport near you, connecting through another airport might prove to be a very viable option.

V.C. Bird International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anguilla AXA Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Barbados BGI LIAT, Thomas Cook Airlines
Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda BBQ Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB British Airways, LIAT
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Dominica DOM LIAT
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU LIAT, Seaborne Airlines
Kingston, Jamaica KTP Caribbean Airlines
Montserrat MNI Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air, Fly Montserrat
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV LIAT
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP LIAT
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands PLS British Airways
Punta Cana, Hispaniola PUJ British Airways
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air St. Maarten, LIAT
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX LIAT
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT LIAT
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago TAB British Airways
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS LIAT
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS LIAT, Winair
the Dominican Republic SDQ LIAT

Research your options before booking your flight in order to get better deals. Round trip tickets usually represent significant savings for those travelers looking to fly two ways. Consider the times of the week and the duration of your stay as well. Often, weekend stays can also help a traveler save. Flying during the Caribbean off-season can also save passengers up to 50 percent on their airline tickets. Being flexible in your travel dates, booking far in advance, joining frequent flier mile clubs, or searching out last minute deals can also help you to reduce your fare while traveling. Consult internet vendors and individual airlines to find the best deals. Also, pay attention to taxes and fees. Antigua charges all travelers an airline tax of $93.75(USD), which is typically built into the cost of the ticket.

Taxis are available at the airport as well as throughout Antigua. Bus Service can be obtained from hotels. Many international rental car agencies are abundant; click here for details. Charter flights or boats can be arranged for travel to Barbuda other Caribbean islands.

Air Charters

There are also a number of charter planes in the area. Most are based in Sint Maarten, but the distance between that island and Antigua is negligible.

If you're considering an air charter, you can call one of the following regional companies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Epelem Flying Services (721) 544-5240 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fly Montserrat (664) 491-3434 John A Osborne Airport -
Fly Montserrat (664) 491-3434 John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat Montserrat
Les Iles du Ciel (059) 003-0969 Gosier Grande-Terre
Melmik Aviation (721) 547-0725 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Menzies Avation Group (721) 545-2570 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
St. Barth Commuter (590) 590 27 54 54 Gustaf III Airport - St. Barthelemy St. Barthelemy


Passengers and baggage are subject to increased inspections and now go through more checkpoints before finally reaching the aircraft. While airport security officials have streamlined these procedures, passengers should expect to allow themselves more time to reach their flight. Passengers can take steps to make the airport screening and boarding process quick and painless:

  • Confirm flight schedules and ticket assignments with your airline in advance. Passengers flying chartered inter-island jets in the Caribbean should always confirm flights and research restrictions on bag numbers and weights.

  • Carry your boarding pass and passport in a safe, easy to reach location. Airport security officials with ask to see both at various terminal checkpoints.

  • Passengers with E-tickets may use electronic kiosks to quickly print tickets. People without tickets will not be allowed through security checkpoints.

  • Avoid wearing heavy or bulky metal objects such as belt buckles, jewelry or steel-toed boots that could set off metal detectors. Keep in mind that jackets and shoes must often be removed and put through metal detectors as well. Place change, jewelry and other valuable items in your carry-on baggage.

  • Avoid bringing prohibited items such as lighters, matches or razors with you. Restrictions on carryon luggage have increased in recent years.

  • Passengers are limited to one carryon bag and one "personal item." Personal items range from purses and briefcases to laptop cases that must contain a laptop.

  • Be prepared to remove video camcorders and laptops from their cases for security officials to inspect.

  • Doctor's notes for metal surgical implants will help avoid long meetings with airport officials.

  • Many airlines allow passengers to bring food and beverages aboard; however they must be purchased at the airline after passengers have gone through the security check.

  • Presents should be carried unwrapped, as they may be inspected and unwrapped by airport security officials.

Despite the increase in security concerns most travelers find flying to Antigua to be the quickest, most convenient way to reach their sunny destination.


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