How to Reach Roseau by Airplane

A connecting flight that lands in Church Christ, then a scenic drive is what it takes to get to Roseau

Despite being located right next to an international airport, tourists who fly for a visit in Roseau will actually land at an airport located about an hour northeast of the town. It may seem like an odd choice, but once you learn about each airport you'll quickly see why this is the best option.

Canefield Airport (DCF), just 15 minutes away from Roseau, is the close airport mentioned previously. Although it is capable of handling international aircraft carrying passengers from around the world, it is currently only used to handle courier flights. For this reason, all flights carrying people are directed to Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) in Christ Church. Both airports are small and have only the facilities necessary to keep things moving smoothly. Douglas-Charles Airport, specifically, is home to a small customs area, a snack bar that is rarely open, and a bank of a handful of rental car agencies.

There are no direct flights into Douglas-Charles Airport from outside the Caribbean. This means if you are visiting from outside of the Caribbean, you'll have to book a flight that stops at another island, switch to a smaller aircraft, then continue on the way. Most people fly to Puerto Rico or Sint Maarten, though Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, and Martinique offer connections regularly as well.

Flying to Roseau from the Caribbean

Check the chart below for a listing of scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if there aren't any flights directly from your preferred airport, making a connection through another Caribbean airport might prove to be a great option.

Douglas-Charles Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT
Barbados BGI LIAT
Calliste, Grenada GND LIAT
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU LIAT
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Sunshine, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Air Antilles Express, LIAT, Winair
Santiago De Los Caballeros, The Dominican Republic STI LIAT
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, LIAT, Winair
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Air Sunshine
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Winair
Canefield Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Barbados BGI LIAT
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU LIAT
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Hummingbird Air
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Hummingbird Air
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Hummingbird Air
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS Hummingbird Air

Next Stop, Roseau

It is recommended that those who are not used to driving on Dominica hire someone to take them across the island due to the rugged road conditions. The cost of a taxi is $26(USD) per person, while you can hop on the bus for just $0.55(USD) if you're willing to endure the longer drive.

Anyone who insists on driving themselves may have a hard time managing the roads, but the directions are straightforward and easy to manage. From the airport you head northeast and take the first right onto Wiers Road. You'll continue straight until you hit Imperial Road, taking a right onto the road after going through one roundabout. Stay on Imperial Road until it becomes Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway, then take a left onto Charles Avenue, a sharp left onto Federation Drive, then the first left on Rose Street, and there you will find yourself in Roseau.

The airport set up may be a bit confusing at first, but flying to Roseau through Douglas-Charles Airport is still the most popular way to visit. If you'll be flying to the island, make sure to make arrangements for ground transportation when you arrive as well, just another step in the planning process that will help to ensure you enjoy a smooth trip overall.

If you're evaluating the option of chartering air travel, you can call one of these regional companies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Carib Aviation (268) 481-2401 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's Antigua
Fly BVI Pickup Service from ANU (284) 495-1747 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's Antigua
Fly Montserrat (664) 491-3434 John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat Montserrat
Les Iles du Ciel (059) 003-0969 Gosier Grande-Terre
SVG Main Office -- ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent St. Vincent

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