Up until April of 2013, it was only possible to reach Guadeloupe directly from Montreal, Paris, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Now, daily flights out of Miami, Florida in the United States make getting to this French island even easier.
The primary airport serving Guadeloupe is the Aéroport International Pôle Caraïbes, located close to Point-à-Pitre and reachable by phone at 05-90-21-14-72 and 05-90-21-14-00. Travelers can visit the airport's French-language Web site at http://www.guadeloupe.aeroport.fr/. The airport has an exchange bureau to change foreign currencies into the euro. In addition, the airport boasts a pharmacy, post office, Internet connections, bars, a restaurant, and several boutiques and duty-free shops. Flight times to Aéroport International Pôle Caraïbes are 3 hours from Miami, 4.5 hours from New York, and 8.5 hours from Paris.
Several other airports provide charter and small plane service in Guadeloupe, including St. François Airport, located on Grand-Terre. The Aérodrome de Marie-Galante and airports on Iles des Saintes and La Désirade can only accommodate small planes. The short flight from Guadeloupe to Iles des Saintes or Marie-Galante takes about 15 minutes.
Americans only have one option if they are hoping for a direct flight to Guadeloupe. Only American Airlines through Miami offers a straight shot.
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||Norwegian|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||Air France, American Airlines|
Canadians likewise only have one option. Fittingly, the flight is from Montreal.
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
French citizens need an ID card or valid passport in order to travel to Guadeloupe. Citizens of the European Union and Norway need a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. Stays of up to three months are permitted.
The best option is to fly from another Caribbean island; either as an extended vacation or through connecting flights.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Dominica||DOM||Air Antilles Express, LIAT, Winair|
|Dominican Republic||SDQ||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Grand Case, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SFG||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes|
|Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||SBH||Air Antilles Express|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Seaborne Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Air Antilles Express|
The following table shows how to get a hold of a regional air charter service.
|(268) 481-2401||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(721) 544-5240||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(284) 495-1747||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(664) 491-3434||John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat||Montserrat|
|(721) 547-0725||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(721) 545-2570||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(590) 590 27 54 54||Gustaf III Airport - St. Barthelemy||St. Barthelemy|
Concerns over terrorism have caused a sharp increase in the level and amount of airport and airline security measures. Travelers and baggage are now subject to heightened scrutiny before being allowed on their plane. Although the increased security often results in longer airport transit times, these measures are designed to keep passengers and nations safe. Knowing what to expect prior to reaching the airport can help to prevent any unnecessary delays.
Air traffic passengers should call the airline several days prior to their flight to confirm ticket assignments, flight numbers, and flight times. Travelers to international destinations should arrive at the airport two hours in advance of their scheduled flight departure in order to allow time for ticketing and baggage screening. Many airlines now provide electronic ticketing kiosks for travelers with electronic tickets to quickly check-in and print their boarding passes. Checked baggage rules and weight allowances may vary from airline to airline. Items such as bicycles and golf clubs will typically incur additional fees. Since some foods can set off bomb detection devices, it's best to pack edible items in carry-on luggage.
Travelers to international destinations should always carry their official passport and boarding pass in a secure, but easy to reach, location. Passengers must show these items at several checkpoints before boarding a plane.
When moving through the baggage screening area, travelers should remember that certain items are not permitted on planes. Travelers can consult the Web site of the TSA (http://www.tsa.gov/public) for a full list of prohibited items. Additionally, when moving through the screening area, travelers should remove all heavy or bulky metallic jewelry, belt buckles, or steel-toed boots. Personal items such as cell phones, PDAs, keys, change, and various other items should be placed in carry-on luggage before going through the metal detector. Laptops and video camcorders should be taken out of their cases and placed separately on the conveyor belt. Travelers are allowed one carry-on item and one personal item, which can be a briefcase, purse, or laptop. Passengers must remove all coats, jackets, and blazers and may also be asked to remove hats and shoes. Travelers with metal surgical implants and pacemakers should contact airport security officials to arrange for a private screening.
Flying remains one of the quickest and most convenient ways to reach sunny destinations throughout the Caribbean. Vacationers traveling to Guadeloupe can use air travel from destinations in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean to reach the butterfly shaped islands of Grand-Terre and Basse-Terre.
Useful Contacts and Information
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration in the United States provide information regarding airlines, flight safety, and baggage concerns. The FAA has deemed that the government of France is in compliance with its International Aviation Safety Assessment Program that measures the standards of airline operations within a country. Travelers can consult the FAA for information regarding the reputation and safety record of airlines serving Guadeloupe. The Transportation Security Administration is available to answer questions regarding baggage and security screenings.
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