When it comes to planning a vacation, flying immediately seems to be the go-to for long distance travel. Because Falmouth Harbour is located on an island, sailing is also an option, yet most tourists still feel most comfortable riding the clouds rather than the waves. Fortunately, the airport on Antigua is well equipped to handle the amount of traffic that flows through it each year, and although customs can be tiresome to travel through, the overall experience of landing at this airport is said to be pleasant.
There is one airport located on Antigua, on the northeast corner in the capital city of Falmouth Harbour. It is the V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), and every flight into Antigua and Barbuda originates here. Although many major airlines do fly into V.C. Bird International Airport daily, they typically connect to the island via the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Puerto Rico and the Princess Juliana International Airport on Sint Maarten from the United States, and flights from Europe connect several times weekly. Travel times range from just three hours from Miami, Florida to more than nine hours from Germany, then an hour long flight from Puerto Rico.
This airport is well-equipped with a dozen or more rental car agencies, an ATM, a currency exchange, a post office, a bookstore, several duty free shops, and a cafe. If you're going to be waiting in the airport for awhile, you can also take advantage of the WiFi service, although you have to pay for it. Guests with disabilities should let the airport know in advance, and a member of the staff will be provided to help them with all of their needs. Ramps and wheelchairs are available.
Tourists arriving from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who will be staying less than six months will need to present the following:
All others will need a visa in addition to these formalities, and you will not be permitted to enter the country until a customs official feels satisfied that you have everything that is required of you.
A word to the wise: the immigration offices at this airport are known as one of the slowest in the Caribbean, and it can take up to two hours to get through the line during peak hours.
This table lets you know which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. Online services don't necessarily identify the least costly options so it's useful to see which airlines offer direct flights to this location.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, United Airlines|
This list shows airline companies that have direct flights from the Great White North.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
If you're going to be flying from across "the Pond" the following table will be helpful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Check below for scheduled air service from other airports in the region. Even if there aren't any flights from a local airport, taking a connecting flight from a regional airport might be a viable solution.
|Barbados||BGI||LIAT, Thomas Cook Airlines|
|Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda||BBQ||Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||British Airways, LIAT, Phoenix Airways|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||SBH||St. Barth Commuter|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||LIAT|
|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|
Depending on road conditions and traffic, it can take up to a half an hour to get to Falmouth Harbour from the airport. If you decide to take a taxi, it will cost you about $31(USD), or you can rent a car and drive yourself for as little as $35(USD) per day. Taking the bus is not advised because the nearest bus stop is too far away for people with luggage to walk.
If you'll drive yourself, take Burma Road going south, then turn left toward, but right onto St. Georges Drive, where you will quickly turn left. Next, you'll take the second right toward Sir Sydney Walling Highway, but left onto the highway. A right will take you onto Jonas Road, then a slight left onto Fig Tree Drive, and you will find yourself in town.
Whether you can fly direct or have to plan a connecting flight, traveling to the V.C. Bird International Airport on Antigua is still likely to be the fastest way to get you on your way to your dream getaway in Falmouth Harbour.
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