Port of Spain Air Travel

Port of Spain is easily reached thanks to the large modern airport of Trinidad

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.

Piarco International Airport

Serving the entire island of Trinidad, the Piarco International Airport (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.

Flying to Port of Spain from the US

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. this information may be of help. Not all of the flights you will see on the internet make sense so it helps to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.

Piarco International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Caribbean Airlines

Flying to Port of Spain from Canada

Flights directly from Canada to Trinidad are available with Caribbean Airlines and WestJet 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.

Flying to Port of Spain from Europe

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 will be flying from Europe the following table is relevant.

Piarco International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Caribbean Airlines

Flying to Port of Spain from the Caribbean

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 LIAT and Caribbean Airlines 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.

Look below for a complete list of air service from regional airports. If you can't get a flight from an airport near your home, a connecting flight from a regional airport could be your best option.

Piarco International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Barbados BGI 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
Willemstad, Curacao CUR LIAT

Air Charters

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 chart shows how to reach an air charter firms serving this region.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Abaco Air Charter (242) 367-2266 Marsh Harbour Tobago
Aviation Services Of Grenada (473) 439-0681 Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste Grenada
Briko Air Services Ltd (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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