Air travel is the easiest way to reach the secluded Dutch island of Saba. This tiny island has one small airport called Juancho Yrausquin Airport. Travelers will more than likely have to catch a connecting flight to Saba from another island in the Caribbean, such as St. Maarten, which is about 15 minutes away by plane.
is the only place on the island where planes can land. The airport can accommodate only smaller aircrafts on its airstrip, which is the shortest in the world at just 1,312 feet. The airport is located in Flat Point, so named because it is one of the only level areas on Saba. Airplane passengers should brace themselves for a thrilling descent, which may feel like an amusement park ride. Travelers should not be too worried about the safety of their plane trip, because the STOL planes are designed especially for landing on short runways, and the pilots know what they're doing. But as always, keep your seat belt fastened until the plane has come to a complete stop.
When making arrangements with the airline, most vacationers are looking to get the best air fare deals possible. There are a few tips that can help travelers get the best prices. You can sometimes save money on air fares by booking a round trip ticket, since round trip reservations are generally cheaper than one way flights. The days that you travel can also play an important factor in the cost of your airplane ticket. You will find that it is usually much cheaper to fly during non-peak travel times. So staying over the weekend and catching a weekday flight can save you some money on your vacation to Saba.
For the most part, there are no direct flights to Saba. Because Saba's Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is so small, you may have to carry your luggage from the landing site to the airport terminal. If you are unable to do so, call ahead to make the necessary arrangements. Vacationers can contact the Saba airport at 599-416- 2255 on the island.
Check below for airline service from other airports in the Caribbean. If you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might be a viable solution.
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||Winair|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Winair|
Be sure to look at the following table to contact one of the regional air charter services.
|(721) 544-5240||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(284) 495-1747||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(664) 491-3434||John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat||Montserrat|
|(721) 547-0725||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(721) 545-2570||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|(340) 642-3000||5.9 mi. (9.6 km) Northeast of Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|(590) 590 27 54 54||Gustaf III Airport - St. Barthelemy||St. Barthelemy|
You should be familiar with the airline that you choose. If you're uncertain about the reputation of a particular airline you can contact the United State's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which ranks airlines based on safety, service, and performance. The FAA can be reached at 800 Independence Ave., SW; Washington D.C., 20591. If you have specific concerns about a carrier, you can contact the following branches of the FAA:
|Air Travel Service Problems||202-366-2220|
|Aviation Safety Hotline||800-255-1111|
|Aviation Consumer Protection Division||202-366-2220|
|Questions about FAA-monitored consumer issues||800-322-7873|
|Transportation Security and Baggage Screeners Concerns||866-289-9673
In light of recent terrorist attacks, airports have extended many security measures. For example, travelers' luggage may be subject to more than one security screening, especially in U.S. airports.
Regulations concerning carry-on luggage have also become stricter in recent years, so airplane passengers should be familiar with what items are prohibited on the plane. Travelers should avoid packing scissors, razors, and other sharp objects in their luggage. If you have any questions about what items cannot be brought aboard the plane you can contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at 866-289-9673 for a complete list of the regulated items.
Airplane passenger are allowed to bring one carry-on item and one personal item aboard the plane. A laptop case (with a laptop inside) or a purse count as personal items. If you're traveling with food items, it may be easier to carry them on the plane, since some foods may set off bomb detection devices used on checked baggage. Also, travelers should avoid bringing wrapped presents to the airport, because they may have to be unwrapped - and could be damaged - during inspection.
If you remember to follow basic safety guidelines and airport rules, you should have no problem easily reaching your relaxing Saba retreat by air.
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