Bermuda's location close to the United States makes it extremely convenient to reach by air from the U.S. and Canada and Europe. This makes air travel one of the most popular ways to reach the island.
Most people enjoy saving a bit of money, especially on high-cost vacation items like airfare. There are plenty of ways to reduce the cost: whether you find a last minute deal or book months in advance, travelers can find incredible deals. A word of warning: last minute deals can be worth the wait, but may only be available to travelers with flexible plans. Round trip tickets are, of course, better priced than one-way fares.
Other travelers plan their trip for off-peak times. Traveling in the low season means saving money on everything in the islands, so fall, spring, and summer provide great deals. Mid-week flights are often less expensive, but a Saturday stay can be another key to keeping prices lower. Don't forget, however, that specially priced tickets are usually subject to specific rules, such as fees for altering them, or being nonrefundable.
The US offers the most flights into Bermuda. In fact both major airports in New York offer direct flights. However, anyone who does not live on the East Coast, will likely have to find a connecting flight.
This table lets you know which airlines offer flights from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. Online booking engines don't necessarily display the least costly options so it helps to see at a glance which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
Toronto is the only city that currently offers direct flights to Bermuda. Canadians in any other part of the country will either have to find a connecting flight, or travel to an American airport.
Airports and airlines have implemented new regulations for carry-on luggage. Prohibited items such as scissors, nail clippers and razors are not permitted on flights. For a complete list of regulated items, visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information or call 1-866-289-9673 in the U.S.
The carry-on limit per passenger is one carry-on bag plus one "personal item" such as a briefcase, laptop case, or purse. A laptop case will not be considered a personal item unless it contains a laptop. Generally, on board luggage must be small enough to store below your seat or in the overhead compartment.
Liquids, gels, and aerosol toiletries are allowed in 3.4 ounce bottles and must be contained in a one quart or smaller sized clear, plastic zip type bag. This bag will need to be placed in the bin provided by the airport for screening. Products which are to be avoided can be found at: http://www.tsa.gov.
Do not wrap presents you plan to carry with you. If the package sets off a detector, security officials will be forced to unwrap, and may damage, the present. It is best to mail them ahead to your destination.
The most up-to-date regulations for carry-on luggage will be noted by the specific airline. Specific size and weight limitations, and possible additional fees will also be current.
Regular baggage screening procedures have been enhanced and airports now have additional required security checks for both checked and carry on luggage.
Random passenger inspections are conducted periodically by personnel who will perform a complete search of a person and their belongings. These added security stops mean that travelers should plan to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure.
To reduce waiting time and ensure that you reach your gate in a timely manner, heed these airport standards and advisements:
Confirm your flight before heading to the airport.
Bring and keep on-hand your passport which is required for security clearance. Children under the age of 16 are permitted to travel with only a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship, although passports for children are recommended.
Remember that you will only be allowed to pass through security with a ticket for travel. (Non-ticketed persons can only pass through if accompanying a child or an elderly or disabled person). An official confirmation page for an e-ticket will suffice. Make sure you have your ticket or e-ticket confirmation page and your passport before you get to the airport.
Avoid wearing metal objects such as steel-toed boots, heavy jewelry, or bulky belt buckles, since these items could set off the checkpoint detectors.
Loose change, cellular phones and personal data assistants (PDA's) will need to be placed in the container the airport provides for screening. Additionally, you will need to remove your shoes, sweaters, jackets and other outerwear and place them on the screening belt.
If you have any metal surgical implants, bring a current note from your doctor to avoid the possibility of a delay with an airport official.
Taking a charter can get you past all of these security and TSA regulations.
If you're evaluating the option of chartering air travel, you can contact one of the following regional agencies:
|(441) 295-0416||74 Pitts Bay Road - Par-la-Ville Park||Bermuda|
Travelers will find flying one of the most convenient ways to reach Bermuda. With consistent schedules and flight options, it's easy to see why this is the most popular way to arrive.
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