Castries Air Travel

St. Lucia's two airports often leave travelers confused when planning their air transportation

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Castries is home to St. Lucia's main regional airport, which makes it easy for tourists to plan a getaway in this location as long as they don't mind connecting flights. Just because it is the most convenient location, however, doesn't mean it is the best option. Another airport is located 40 miles south in Vieux Fort and you'll typically find there are more direct and often less expensive flights to this locale that make the drive worth it.

George F.L. Charles Airport

Located right in Castries is the George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU). It is small, not very modern, and mostly serviced by airlines traveling from other destinations in the Caribbean. The runway, made of asphalt, is 5,735 feet long and typically welcomes smaller prop planes rather than jets.

Hewanorra International Airport

Most international air travel to St. Lucia lands in Vieux Fort, which is an hour and a half west of Castries. Originally serving as a military air strip, Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) handles over 500,00 international travelers each year on a 9,003 foot long runway capable of managing long range jumbo jets. The amount of air traffic this facility sees has been increasing annually, and a $160(USD) expansion project has been proposed.

Hewanorra International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, United Airlines
Hewanorra International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada, Air Transat

If you're flying from a location in Europe the following chart is the one you need.

George F.L. Charles Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Virgin Airlines
Hewanorra International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Castries from the Caribbean

Check the chart below for airline service from other Caribbean airports. Even if there aren't any flights from an airport near your home, taking a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport might be a fine option.

George F.L. Charles Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Barbados BGI Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Dominica DOM LIAT
Kingston, Jamaica KIN Caribbean Airlines
Martinique FDF Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, LIAT
Roseau, Dominica DCF LIAT
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS Caribbean Airlines, LIAT
Hewanorra International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Barbados BGI Thomas Cook Airlines
Calliste, Grenada GND British Airways, Virgin Airlines
Martinique FDF Air Antilles Express
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS British Airways

Getting to Castries

Regardless of which airport you fly to, many hotels on the island offer transportation to and from both George F.L. Charles Airport and Hewanorra International Airport. When this is not a possibility, taxis will do the trick for anywhere between $20 and $85(USD). If you'd like to rent a car and make the slightly perilous drive yourself, you'll find rentals to be around $40 to $80(USD) a day, plus the cost of a local permit which is $25(USD).

Another options guests will have in reaching Castries (or anywhere else in St. Lucia) is taking a bus. The bus system on the island is well developed and offers a network of routes taking passengers to and from the different areas.


Rather than drive along the vertigo inducing roads between destinations on St. Lucia, many people choose to sign up for helicopter rides. St. Lucia Helicopters offer flights between Castries and either Hewanorra International Airport or Soufrière for about $145(USD) per person each way. You can also arrange a flight to the Jalousie Plantation. Not only are these flights the fastest way to get around, but they offer tourists a unique way to see the island. The North Island Tour flies over Castries allowing for views of sprawling resorts, Pigeon Point, Rodney Bay, Rat Island, and the Atlantic Coast. The tour takes 10 minutes, while the South Island Tour, which lasts for 20 minutes, showcases the banana plantations, Marigot Bay, the rainforest, the Soufriere volcano, and a collection of fishing villages.

There are a lot of different options to consider as you plan to fly to your getaway in Castries, from which airport you'll fly to down to which form of transportation you'll use to get you from the airport to your hotel. By taking the time to learn about each you'll be better prepared to make your final decision when the time comes.

If you are serious about an air charter, you can reserve one from the following regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Aviation Services Of Grenada (473) 439-0681 Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste Grenada
Caribbean Commuter Airways (758) 452-3762 - Bisse Saint Lucia
Monarch Air Group at BGI (877) 359-6732 Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks Barbados
SVG Main Office -- ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent St. Vincent

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