How to Reach Martinique by Airplane

Most air passengers to Martinique connect elsewhere in the Caribbean

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Although the island is a part of France, there is no mistaking it's location in the Caribbean as you fly over clear blue waters to reach Martinique. While flying to the island can be more difficult than to other destinations in the Caribbean, many visitors find the connecting flight well worth the effort.


Martinique's Lamentin International Airport, located near Fort-de-France, is the hub of all air traffic on the island. The airport is modern and up to date, and has taxi and rental car services available for passengers going to Fort-de-France and other resort locations on the island. Over 500,000 visitors came to the island in 2004. The airport can be reached at 596-596-42-16-00. For flight information, call 596-596-42-19-95.

Entry Requirements

All visitors to Martinique must have proof of a return or continuing ticket as well as a valid passport. Stays of up to 90 days are permitted without a visa for citizens of the United States. The newly passed Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative means that residents of the United States and other North American countries will need a valid passport to re-enter or visit the United States. There are no departure or arrival taxes for traveling to Martinique, although some charter services may have a fee.

Flying to Martinique from the US

A number of different airlines provide air travel service to Martinique, although travelers from major destinations in Europe and North America will generally need to take a major international air carrier to another destination in the Caribbean before making a connection on a smaller interisland airline to Martinique, however, as of April 2013, American Airlines offers direct flights out of Miami.

If you'll be flying from the states this table can be useful for planning purposes. Online booking engines may not list the most logical options so it can be useful to know which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.

Aimé Césaire Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines

Flying to Martinique from Canada

Canadians wanting to fly direct from their nation also have one option. A direct flight from Canada required that you first make your way to Montreal.

The following list shows which airlines fly directly from Canadian airports.

Aimé Césaire Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada, Air Transat

Flying to Martinique from Europe

Air France flights out of Miami and Paris also provide direct air service to the island.

Flying to Martinique from the Caribbean

Connections can be made in a number of surrounding Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and St. Martin.

Look below for airline service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't get a flight directly from an airport near you, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean could be a good solution.

Aimé Césaire Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Barbados BGI LIAT
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, LIAT
Dominican Republic SDQ Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France
Grand Case, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SFG Air Caraibes
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Seaborne Airlines
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia UVF Air Antilles Express

Air Charters

In addition to taking the traditional airliner to Martinique, there is the option to privately charter a plane.

Use the following chart if you want to get in touch with some of the regional air charter companies.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Fly Montserrat (664) 491-3434 John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat Montserrat
Les Iles du Ciel (059) 003-0969 Gosier Grande-Terre
Monarch Air Group at BGI (877) 359-6732 Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks Barbados
SVG Main Office -- ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent St. Vincent

Security Concerns

Airport and airline security has increased considerably in recent years in wake of worldwide terrorism concerns. Getting to your flight can now involve a greater number of security checkpoints as well as inspections of both passengers and baggage. Items that were previously considered innocuous are now prohibited. All of these security measures can mean longer delays in an airport before you are able to reach your gate. Air traffic passengers can take a number of different steps to facilitate their passage through checkpoints in order to make it to their gate quickly.

Before even arriving at the airport, passengers should call airlines a few days in advance to confirm flight schedules and ticket assignments. This can be especially important on crowded charter flights. Also confirm baggage and weight restrictions with charter flights and research any extra fees that may be incurred from items such as golf clubs or bicycles. Some major airlines now even allow electronic check-in and boarding pass printing in the 24 hours prior to your flight.

For travelers who have electronic tickets and have not chosen electronic check-in, many major airlines have electronic ticket kiosks where travelers can quickly check-in and print their boarding pass. Passengers flying internationally will need an official passport and boarding pass to clear security checkpoints and to travel abroad.

Here are a few tips related to baggage screening and security checkpoints that will help to facilitate passenger traffic through the area:

  • Wearing heavy or bulky metallic items should be avoided, as these are certain to set off metal detectors. Film should be kept in carry on baggage, as it can be damaged by screening devices in checked baggage.
  • Make yourself aware of the list of prohibited items by visiting the Web site of the Transportation Security Information (, or give them a call at 866-289-9673.
  • Items such as matches, lighters, razors, and scissors are not permitted on flights.
  • Take larger electronic equipment, such as laptop computer and camcorders out of their cases before sending them through the screening belt.
  • Jewelry, large belt buckles, and shoes with metal parts are all items that will trigger warning signals. Items such as watches, loose change, cell phones, PDA's, and keys should be put in carry on baggage to be sent though the screening belt.
  • Jackets and coats must all be removed and sent through the screening belt. Shoes will often need to be removed as well.
  • Passengers are allowed one carry on bag and one personal item. Laptop cases, purses, handbags, and briefcases all classify as personal items.
  • Presents in both checked and carry on baggage should remain unwrapped, as airport security officials may inspect them.
  • Certain foods will set off security devices in checked baggage.
  • Consider securing a doctor's note or talking to airport officials if you have a metal surgical implant.

The French and Caribbean culture of Martinique, coupled with the island's natural beauty, make the island an appealing destination for travelers flying to the Caribbean.


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