How to Reach Grand Case by Air

Choose between two airports when you fly to Grand Case

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When you plan to fly to Grand Case, chances are you'll actually land on the Dutch side of the island where there is a major international airport that actually serves as a regional hub.  This airport welcomes travelers from around the world before sending them off aboard smaller planes to destinations in the Caribbean that may not have such a large airport available to them.  But Grand Case is also where you'll find St. Martin's own small international airport, allowing for the slight possibility that you could land right near your accommodations.

L'Espérance Airport

Although generally just referred to as the Grand Case Air Port, the airport in town is called the L'Esperance Airport.  With a 3,937 foot long asphalt runway and limited facilities, it is very small and welcomes a minimal amount of traffic each year.  It is rare to see a flight land here that is not from St. Barthelemy or Guadeloupe, and they usually are operated by St. Barth Commuter and Air Antilles Express.  If you hire a charter, flying to this airport may also be a possibility. 

Princess Juliana International Airport

As you might expect, it is much more common to fly into the Princess Juliana International Airport in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten.  This airport is enormous, especially when you compare it to L'Esperance.  The runway is 7,540 feet long, and the terminal building is four stories tall.  Within it, there are over 40 shops and restaurants, 40 check in desks, 10 immigration booths, 13 arrival and departure gates, and more.  The great thing about this airport is that getting through customs is an easy transition because of the fact that the entire island is a duty free port.  

Flying to Grand Case from the US

Flights from the United States generally originate from cities along the east coast, especially in Florida and New York.  If you're traveling from Middle America or the West Coast, you'll find it easiest to connect through these states. 

Princess Juliana International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines

Flying to Grand Case from Canada

Canada's main carrier Air Canada has several times weekly trips to Princess Juliana International out of Toronto.  Most airports throughout the rest of the country connect with Toronto, or you can do so in the United States. 

Flying to Grand Case from Europe

Flights from Europe are not as easy to come by, but they do travel to Princess Juliana more than most other destinations in the Caribbean.  It is easiest to book a flight out of France, but there are also two or three flights a week from Amsterdam. 

Flying to Grand Case from the Caribbean

Flights to and from other airports in the Caribbean are plentiful, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a country in this region that you can't book a flight from.  Most flights to the airport in Grand Case come from within the Caribbean as well. 

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See the following chart for air service from airports in the region. If there aren't any flights from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean could be a very good solution.

L'Esperance Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Martinique FDF Air Caraibes
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes
Princess Juliana International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anguilla AXA Anguilla Air Services
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Air St. Maarten, LIAT
Barbados BGI LIAT
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB LIAT
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, LIAT, Winair
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy SBH St. Barth Commuter
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Sunshine, Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
Kingston, Jamaica KIN Caribbean Airlines
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Air Sunshine
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express
Roseau, Dominica DCF Hummingbird Air
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air, LIAT
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Air Sunshine
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS Caribbean Airlines
Willemstad, Curacao CUR InselAir
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, VI Airlink, Winair
the Dominican Republic SDQ InselAir

Next Stop, Grand Case

If you do fly in to Princess Juliana International Airport, you can take a taxi to your accommodations in Grand Case for about $25(USD) for two passengers, plus a few extra bucks for the luggage transport.  If you rent a car, you shouldn't find the drive to be difficult.  Take Airport Road to Union Road, continuing on to Rue de Hollande.  Then, at the second exit in a roundabout, take Route du Mourne Valois, turn left onto Rue de Colombier, and take a final left onto Rue de Ecoles.  The trip should take about 15 minutes in moderate traffic. 

With two airports within a few minutes of each other offering flights to Grand Case, flying to this destination is easy to arrange.


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