Home to one of the largest and busiest airports in the Caribbean, tourists heading out on a trip to Trinidad will rarely have an issue getting a flight from any of the major airports around the world. The fact that the airport itself is set in the Port of Spain metro area is just a bonus for visitors who will be staying in this busy town.
Serving the entire island of Trinidad, the (POS) is a major gateway for travel to the island, especially since it is located at the end of the trail of Caribbean islands which makes it a less popular destination for yachters from the United States.
The airport is named for the town in which it is located, Piarco, which is about 16 miles east of Port of Spain. It features one runway which measures 10,500 feet long and is made of asphalt as well as one helipad. The terminal is a smoke-free building which I fully air-conditioned and equipped with numerous high-tech facilities to help speep up the process of getting through the airport for tourists including 82 ticket counter windows, a fully computerized immigration system, and four baggage carousels in the Customs Hall. Bonus features of the airport include a duty free shopping mall, a public atrium with the largest glass dome in the Caribbean, and a VIP terminal for the Summit of the Americas.
As one of the busiest airports in the region, Piarco has direct service from numerous destinations within the United States via some of the best known airlines from the country. You can generally get a flight from New York, Houston, Newark, and several airports in the state of Florida without a hassle, but those who live too far from these cities will have to plan for a connection.
If you're traveling from the U.S. the following chart can aid the planning process. Not all of the flight combinations you will see on line make a lot of sense so it can be handy to see at a glance which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Caribbean Airlines|
Flights directly from Canada to Trinidad are available withand out of Toronto, but they may not always fit into your schedule. Many Canadians find it easier to plan a connection through the United States or with another island in the Caribbean.
The most popular way to get to Trinidad from various European countries is to connect with another major hub in the Caribbean such as the Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Martin/St. Maarten, then switch to a local carrier and fly into Piarco.
If you'll be flying from a European city the following list will be helpful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Caribbean Airlines|
Often times it is easier and cheaper to find a flight to an airport in the Caribbean rather than connect to a larger city in the United States. If your home airport has a connection to a nearby island such as St. Lucia, Barbados, and Antigua, to name a few, you will then be able to transfer to one of the smaller regional air lines such as and to make the final descent to Trinidad. As a matter of fact, Piarco is a hub for Caribbean Airlines, and a third hub for LIAT, so lower-priced flights with these airline are fairly easy to find.
It is also important to be aware of the 20 minute flight which connects Trinidad to its sister Tobago. Flights are available through Caribbean Airlines and cost less than $50(USD) per person.
See below for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. If there aren't any flights from an airport near your home, a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport could be a good solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Calliste, Grenada||GND||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||Caribbean Airlines|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Caribbean Airlines|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago||TAB||Caribbean Airlines|
|Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia||UVF||British Airways|
A few charter services are also available from within the Caribbean. This allows large parties perhaps to save money flying throughout the region.
The following table shows how to get a hold of the regional air charter operators.
|(242) 367-2266||Marsh Harbour||Tobago|
|(473) 439-0681||Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste||Grenada|
|(868) 669-3915||Piarco - The vicinity of Port of Spain||Trinidad|
Once you've arrived at the airport and made your way through customs, it takes less than a half an hour to get to Port of Spain, where you can check into your hotel and let the fun begin.
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