Flying to Gros Islet

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

Just 15 minutes away from Gros Islet by car is one of two airports on the island of St. Lucia. Funnily, most tourists still fly into the Hewanorra International Airport which is over an hour away because of the large number of international flights available on a daily basis.

George F.L. Charles Airport

George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) is, as previously mentioned, the nearest airport to Gros Islet. This airport is serviced by small regional aircraft that flies to the island mainly from other airports in the Caribbean, especially from Puerto Rico and Sint Maarten. It is not very large and hasn't been kept as up-to-date as its counterpart to the south. The runway, which is made of asphalt, is 5,735 feet long.

Hewanorra International Airport

Located in Southern St. Lucia, Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is officially set in Vieux Fort. Originating as a military air strip, the runway is 9,003 feet long and currently services over 500,000 passengers each year. As the popularity of this airport grows, so does the need for an expansion, and the government recently decided to review a $160 million(USD) expansion project. For now, flights from the United States, Europe, and Canada make the trip each day.

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 will be flying from Europe this table is relevant.

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 Gros Islet from the Caribbean

See below for a listing of scheduled air service from regional airports. If there aren't any flights directly from your preferred airport, connecting through another Caribbean airport might prove to be a good solution.

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 Gros Islet

No matter which airport you arrive through, there are a few ways you can get to Gros Islet. Most accommodations actually offer airport pick-ups as part of your stay, and a few local rental car agencies do the same. Before you pay a taxi up to $80(USD) or rent a car for between $40 and $200(USD) a day, make sure to check and see if this is an option.

If you do end up renting a car, you'll find the ride from both locations to be pretty straight forward. From George F.L. Charles Airport you head East on Peninsular Highway to a right on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway, take the first exit in the roundabout to remain on this highway, then finally a left onto Dauphin Street. From Hewanorra International Airport you take Micoud Highway to Castries-Gros Islet Highway and again turn left onto Dauphin Street.

There is plenty to think about as you begin planning your trip to Gros Islet. The fact that there are two airports so close to one another can be confusing, but choosing where to fly to will come down to a few factors, including where you are flying from, when you want to leave, and what kind of budget you are working with. Keep these things in mind as you review all of the flight options, and you'll be able to quickly narrow down the best choice for you and the party you are traveling with.


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