With one international airport, one popular regional airport, and the option of taking a helicopter to Soufrière from either facilities, tourists visiting Soufrière have a bit of research to do before they decide exactly which path they'd like to take to fly to this flourishing destination.
Set in the capital city of Castries, the (SLU) is a small regional airport that typically only sees traffic that flies from other airports in the Caribbean. Tourists will often fly here if they've had to make a connecting flight in either or St. Maarten, though it is much more common to fly direct to the international airport in Vieux Fort.
A little over a half an hour away from Soufrière in Vieux Fort is where you'll find St. Lucia's international airport, (UVF). The facility is equipped with a 9,003 foot long runway with one terminal that serves as the arrival and departure point for over 500,000 passengers each year from around the world.
The following chart tells you which airlines offer service from the U.S. and where they are flying from. The online booking services don't always list the most logical options so it can be handy to realize which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, United Airlines|
The following list displays which airlines schedule direct flights out of airports in Canada.
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada, Air Transat|
If you'll be traveling from Europe the table below is relevant.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Virgin Airlines|
Check the following table for airline service from regional airports. Even if you can't take a flight directly from your favorite airport, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean might prove to be an excellent option.
|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|
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Barbados||BGI||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||Caribbean Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, LIAT|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
If you're driving to Soufrière from Hewanorra International Airport, you'll head west on St. Judes Highway to Morne Bonin, where you'll continue on until you reach Moca, then take a right toward St. Philip where you'll take the first left onto that road. After a short time, St. Philip becomes Ravine Claire, where you'll take a sharp right onto Cresslands, and there you will find yourself in Soufrière.
From George F.L. Charles Airport, you'll go east on Peninsular to John Compton. Very quickly you'll come across a roundabout, where you will take the fourth exit to remain on the highway until you reach Jeremie Street and there you will take a right. Next will be a left onto Bridge Street, another left onto Government House Road, then a left onto la Toc Road which will lead to a sharp right to stay on the road, and quickly a sharp left towards Fond Manger. Eventually you will reach Cresslands, which gets you there rest of the way to town.
Another option for tourists staying in Soufrière is to take a helicopter from either airport to the helicopter pad at the Jalousie Plantation. Marigot Bay, the rainforest, and the Soufrière volcano along with a few fishing villages along the way.offers this option as part of a tour for about $150(USD) per person. The North Tour takes you over Castries with views of , Rodney Bay, Rat Island, and the sprawling resorts of the Atlantic Coast in just 10 minutes. The South Island Tour last 20 minutes and offers a tour of the banana plantations,
Whether you want to fly and drive yourself to your accommodations or take advantage of the unique helicopter option, there are a few things to consider as you plan your flight to Soufrière. Consider what will be easiest for you, what fits into your schedule, and how much money you have to spend and watch the pieces easily fall into place.
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