How to Reach Barbuda by Airplane

First you'll fly to Antigua, then transfer to Barbuda aboard a smaller plane

Photo credit: © Peter John Schroeter
 

Direct international flights to the airport on Barbuda simply don't exist, so tourists planning a quiet getaway on this small, secluded island will first have to land at the V.C. Bird International Airport on the larger island of Antigua. From there, a flight to Barbuda is possible, but not guaranteed unless you book a private charter.

The Codrington Airport (BBQ) is Barbuda's resident airport, and an extremely small one at that. The airport consists of a 1,640 foot paved runway, and a small building for air traffic control. There is only one regular service to the island, aboard Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air, which leaves from the V.C. Bird International Airport on Antigua every morning that there are enough passengers at 8:00 a.m., and returns at 2:00 p.m. The service is irregular, and the plane is small, just big enough to handle about eight passengers and their luggage. The cost is about $110(USD) per ticket each way, and you can contact them at 268-562-7183 for more information.

Chartered flights with certified carriers are also available and may be cost effective for groups of four to five people with a lot of luggage. The two hotels on the island will arrange a flight or a helicopter ride for their guests from Antigua, saving you the hassle. A flight from Antigua in total takes about 15 minutes.

Tourists traveling internationally will find that V.C. Bird welcomes flights several times a week aboard major commercial airlines from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America, but because the flight to Barbuda leaves so early in the morning you will need to plan to stay at least one night on Antigua. When you arrive at V.C. Bird, you'll need to travel through customs with your passport, naturalization certificate, immigration form, a return or onward ticket, and proof of both your accommodations and money to get you through your stay. This process could take up two hours, so be sure to keep that in mind if you're hoping to immediately hop on a plane to Barbuda.

V.C. Bird International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, United Airlines
V.C. Bird International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Calgary, Canada YYC Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada
V.C. Bird International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Barbuda from the Caribbean

Check below for a complete list of air service from regional airports. If you can't get a flight directly from an airport near you, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean may be a good solution.

Codrington Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air
V.C. Bird International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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
Dominican Republic SDQ 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
The Valley, Anguilla AXA Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago TAB British Airways
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS LIAT
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS LIAT, Winair

It may take a little extra planning, and maybe even a little luck to get to Barbuda, but anytime you're hoping to get off the beaten track you'll encounter some resistance. Once you've arrived and gotten into the groove of island life, you'll certainly agree that it was worth the extra work.

The following chart shows how to reach an air charter firms serving this region.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Carib Aviation (268) 481-2401 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's Antigua
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 BVI Pickup Service from ANU (284) 495-1747 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's Antigua
Fly Montserrat (664) 491-3434 John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat Montserrat
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
 

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