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.
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 (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.(DCF), just 15 minutes away from
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 Sint Maarten, though Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, and offer connections regularly as well.or
See the table below for airline service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your local airport, making a connection through a regional airport might be a viable solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||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|
|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|
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.
The following chart enables you to reach one of the regional air charter services.
|(268) 481-2401||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(284) 495-1747||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(664) 491-3434||John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat||Montserrat|
|--||ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent||St. Vincent|
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