Traveling to Rodney Bay by Airplane

Planning to fly to Rodney Bay can be confusing at first

The funny thing about flying to Rodney Bay is that to get to the town from the airport that most tourists arrive at, you have to drive by another airport. The difference between the airports is that one, Hewanorra International Airport welcomes international air traffic, while George F.L. Charles Airport currently only handles regional flights.

George F.L. Charles Airport

The George F.L. Charles Airport is located in Castries and is the closest airport to Rodney Bay at just about 15 minutes away from town. This airport, which has a 5,735 foot long runway, is very small and only sees regional air traffic at this time. If it is a possibility and does not end up adding too much extra time to your travels, plan a flight that connects to a hub in the Caribbean that then travels to George F.L. Charles Airport. Otherwise, you'll drive for over an hour to get from the international airport in Vieux Fort to Rodney Bay.

Hewanorra International Airport

On the complete opposite tip of the island from Rodney Bay in Vieux Fort sits the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Though bigger than George F.L. Charles Airport, it is still a small facility all things considered. It has one terminal which welcomes flights from around the world on its 9,003 foot long runway.

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're flying from across the Atlantic this table will be useful.

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 Rodney Bay from the Caribbean

Look below for scheduled air service from airports in the region. Even if there are no flights directly from your preferred airport, a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean may 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 Rodney Bay

From either airport, you can get a taxi for $80(USD) or less, or utilize the airport pick-up service that many local hotels and even local rental car agencies offer. If you prefer to rent a car and drive yourself, you'll typically find the drives to be fairly easy thanks to recent efforts to improve local highways.

Driving to Rodney Bay from Hewanorra International Airport, you'll head east on St. Judes Highway toward Clarke Street, then take a sharp right at New Dock Road. From there, you'll drive straight on Micoud Highway, and stay on this road until you reach the Castries-Gros Islet Highway, which will get you the rest of the way to Rodney Bay. The directions from George F.L. Charles Airport are just slightly simpler: take Peninsular Road east to the Castries-Gros Islet Highway and remain on the road until you reach Rodney Bay.

What may appear confusing at first will quickly become easy to figure out as you dive right in. Basically, if you live in a large city in the United States that offers direct flights to St. Lucia, you'll fly to Vieux Fort, while smaller airports with connecting flights on other Caribbean islands are best served flying to George F.L. Charles Airport in Castries. Knowing this will help you to quickly hone in on your desired flight and book the getaway of a lifetime in no time.

 

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