Flying to English Harbour

Flying to English Harbour is a breeze, though getting through customs can be tough

For most people, their vacation begins the moment they land in their desired destination. This means the airport you land in can have a positive or negative effect on how your getaway gets its start. Fortunately, the airport you fly into to get to English Harbour has recently seen renovations to help enhance the visit of every passenger that travels through the big pink building.

About a half an hour drive outside of English Harbour in St. Johns is the only airport on the island of Antigua – the V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU). Although the airport does welcome international flights and can handle the jumbo jets that typically carry them, most people visiting from North America, Europe, and Asia will instead make a connection elsewhere in the Caribbean before finally flying to the island. The common connection spots are at the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Puerto Rico for North Americans and the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten for European and Asia. Flights from North America make it to Antigua daily, while Europe and Asia typically touch down three to four times a week.

You can expect to see travel times of between three hours from Miami, Florida to nine hours from Germany. Upon your arrival, you'll encounter a very well-equipped facility for its moderate size. On site, there is a currency exchange, an automatic teller machine, a bookstore, a cafe, a post office, and about a dozen car rental agencies. There is even WiFi for guests who are willing to pay for the service. Do note, however, that customs officials here are known to be some of the most tedious in the region, and you could spend up to two hours in line waiting to get through immigration before you'll be able to begin the fun part of your vacation.

Customs Requirements

If you're visiting English Harbour from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and plan to stay less than six months, a passport and an original Naturalization Certificate is what will serve as your main form of identification. All others will need to present a visa. Along with these items, you'll submit an Immigration Form, which will be provided for you on the plane, a return or onward ticket, proof of your accommodations, and proof that you have enough money for your trip. When customs officials are satisfied that you have accomplished all of this, you will then be allowed to leave the airport.

When flying from the United States the following chart may be of help. Not all of the flight combinations you will see on some booking engines are logical choices so it can be helpful to realize which airlines actually fly direct to this location.

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

The following table shows which airlines offer direct flights from Canadian locations.

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

If you're going to fly across the Atlantic this table is the one you need.

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

Flying to English Harbour from the Caribbean

Check the chart below for airline service from other airports in the region. If there are no flights from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from another regional airport may be a fine 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

Next Stop, English Harbour

English Harbour is about a half an hour south of the airport. You can take a taxi for $31(USD) or rent a car for as little as $35(USD) a day and drive yourself. If you'll drive yourself, you'll find the directions to be quite simple. Head southwest on Burma Road, turn left toward St. Georges Drive, take a slight right onto the same road, then turn left. You'll then take the second right toward Sir Sydney Walling Highway, then turn left onto the road. Next, you'll take a right onto Jonas Road, a slight left onto Dig Tree Drive, and finally a right onto Dockyard Drive.

If you're looking for the quickest, and probably the least expensive way to get there, your visit to English Harbour will begin with a flight into V.C. Bird International Airport. With upgraded facilities and numerous airlines now offering regular flights, you should have no trouble making arrangements, and in the end will be happy that you decided flying was the right choice for you.


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